Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Review
Like most chiliheads I’ve been known to pray for hot threesomes that leave my tongue hanging and sweat pouring down my face. The people of the Mad Dog hot sauce line have heard my prayers and responded with Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Sauce, which contains (in order) the Bhut Jolokia (1,000,000+ Scoville units), the Habenero (350,000 Scoville units), and the African Bird’s Eye chili (100,000+ Scoville units).
Say this with me: “ouch!” This potent tag-team of capsaicin kings is designed specifically to floor you in the first round, but continue beating you senseless long after you’ve conceded defeat.
The reddish-brown sauce comes complete with a holographic label covered in ghosts damned to eternal limbo on the side of a hot sauce bottle. In case you missed the point, a warning on the label implies that after eating the sauce, you might just see a ghost– your own! (fear ensues)
What makes this sauce so gosh-darn wonderful is that the folks at Mad Dog understand there’s an art to total intestinal destruction, and this sauce is a real winner in the flavor department. While it might not break the record for hottest sauce on the market (though it’s pretty damn spicy), its addicting flavor will keep you coming back for more.
Upon opening, a slightly sweet smell reminiscent of BBQ sauce emanated from the bottle. I decided to tread carefully based on Mad Dog’s reputation for causing extreme pain. I began with a toothpick of the thick, smooth sauce and took a taste.
The first taste of Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Sauce was sweet, smoky and slightly fruity, followed an instant later by a building wall of heat. The heat quickly became pain, though it was mostly isolated to the places in my mouth where the toothpick first touched. The heat continued to build for at least two minutes before it reached a plateau. It stayed quite hot, causing me to sweat a little, but not to the point where I was reaching for milk. Honestly, the sauce wasn’t nearly as hot as expected so I tried a small dollop. It never got really bad, and the flavor had me craving more.
I mixed about a teaspoon of Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Sauce in with a little oil, garlic, white wine, chicken broth, and tuna to make an amazing sauce which I tossed with a bowl of pasta. The dish was absolutely incredible. Mad Dog also includes onions and garlic which blended nicely with the other flavors. The heat built to become quite intense as I ate, but never became unbearable or really overwhelming. Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Sauce is also great on grilled chicken. The verdict: 357 Ghost Pepper Sauce has a great flavor, and is extremely hot without being deadly.
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