Mad Dog 357 Pure Ghost Sauce Review
When it comes to hot sauces, one has to be fearless. Cautious, definitely, but fearless all the same. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to enjoy the wide variety of hot sauces on the market, and you’ll also probably never really learn how much heat you can handle. I discovered this valuable lesson from Mad Dog 357 Pure Ghost Sauce.
As I was examining the bottle, I have to admit I was a little scared. The label reads like a warning sign posted outside a ghost town advising wanderers to turn back or be prepared to meet their doom: “World’s hottest pepper.” “Use it at your own risk.” “Diabolical.” “Killer sting.” But I went forward – journalistic integrity and all that – and was richly rewarded when I actually took a taste.
The sauce takes its name from the bhut jolokia chili pepper, known as the ghost pepper. Bhut jolokia was confirmed by Guinness World Records in 2007 to be the hottest pepper in the world. And if that isn’t sufficient, 357 Pure Ghost Sauce also contains habanero and peri-peri peppers. However, the first two ingredients aren’t peppers at all, but rather vinegar and evaporated cane juice. And so the first taste of the sauce gave forth a distinctively delightful sweet and sour flavor that tempered the heat somewhat. As such, this sauce not only won’t kill you, it will actually serve as a wonderful condiment sauce that delivers plenty of heat but also plenty of flavor.
Furthermore, the heat doesn’t turn into an acidic afterburn that makes it hard to actually enjoy the food it was intended to enhance. Instead, there is a very satisfying smokiness that does wonders with grilled or broiled meats and other hearty fare. This just goes to show that it isn’t the type of pepper in the hot sauce but rather the concentration of it that makes it either very hot or totally unbearable.
Had I let the label intimidate me, I would have missed what is truly a great-tasting product. So fear not, if you want heat but also flavor, there’s not a ghost of a chance that Mad Dog 357 Pure Ghost Sauce will disappoint you.
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