Gringo Bandito Sauce Review

Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce – Gringo Bandito’s label says it all;  The too-cool for school hombre on the front of the bottle may look laid-back, but he’s got plenty of ammo in his bandoliers to get the job done.   Gringo Bandito’s relatively low heat allows you to slather it with gusto on anything under the sun without later wishing you could cut your tongue out, but the sauce packs enough firepower and delicious flavor to keep your taste buds from taking a siesta.  This lightweight yet zesty vinegar-based sauce  sneakily turns a dull pile of eggs or a bland burrito into Cinco de Mayo of the face.  There’s no need to worry about problemas south of the border, as the heat comes off with a pleasant warm tingling sensation that even a dyspeptic grandmother could handle. The robust combination of habaneros, jalapenos, and chilis won’t overwhelm your food, it will just make it taste a million times better.
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White Turkey Chili Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 2 cups white kidney beans (cannellini), undrained
  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice Continue Reading

Cluckin’ Hot Ghost Pepper Sauce Review

Insane Chicken’s Cluckin’ Hot Sauce – InsaneChicken sells the world’s finest hot sauces, so why make their own? Simply, because they’re damned good. Insane Chicken’s Cluckin’ Hot Sauce is described on the label as a ghost pepper (popular name of the mega-hot bhut jolokia) sauce, but in fact it’s a potent blend of peri peri peppers, ghost peppers, and concentrated pepper extract, which adds up to one fiery concoction.

Cluckin’ Hot Ghost Pepper Sauce is a nice, very thick reddish-brown sauce, with the peppers floating in a stew of red wine vinegar, tomatoes, onion, and molasses. I like that the thickness of the sauce means that it stays where you put it, rather than dripping off meat or spilling all over the plate. Continue Reading

Thai Sweet Chile Sauce Recipe


  • 1/3 coarsely chopped cilantro stems and roots
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic
  • 4 ounces Fresno chiles, mostly seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • About 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar

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Outta the Park BBQ Sauce Review

Outta the Park BBQ Sauce – Everything in this sauce that can be all natural is all natural. Sugar, brown mustard, ketchup, sea salt, hot pepper sauce, molasses, vinegar, ginger, butter, paprika, apple cider — all of it is all natural. And check out the addition of the butter, which contains some cream. It accounts for the over-the-top silky- smooth richness of this sauce, and it certainly qualifies as one of the most unique ingredients I’ve ever seen in a BBQ sauce.

I took Outta the Park BBQ Sauce straight to the grill and tried it on pork steaks, chicken, T-bones, and even catfish. Straight from the bottle, I knew this was going to be one of those barbecue sauces that occupied a place of honor on my sauce shelf. My wife tasted it and went as ballistic for it as I did. Continue Reading

Peach Cobbler Recipe


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 (16 ounce) can sliced peaches
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Pour butter into a shallow 2-qt. baking dish; set aside.
  2. Drain peaches, reserving 1/4 cup juice.
  3. In a saucepan, bring the peaches and juice just to a boil.
  4. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, flour, milk, baking powder and salt; mix well. Pour over butter in baking dish.
  5. Spoon hot peaches over batter. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes or until cake tests done. Serve warm.

Mad Dog Inferno Reserve Review

Mad Dog Inferno Reserve Hot Sauce – You can see the trouble waiting for you through the bottle. Mad Dog Inferno is dark brown with some blood or brick red overtones. You can see the concentrated pepper extract waiting for you — daring you — to give it a try. Unless you are bullet proof, this stuff should be used sparingly, and if you seriously want to taste it straight from the bottle, as I did, you need to limit your intake. I would not be going overboard telling you to sample with a toothpick. Seriously, that’s all you need to get the message.

The ingredients here are vinegar, molasses, concentrated pepper extract, garlic, jalapeno pepper, onion, habaneros, chile extract, clove, and some herbs and spices. With this much extract, you know it’s not for the innocent. Continue Reading

Fat Bastard Hawgwash BBQ Sauce Review

Fat Bastard Hawgwash BBQ Sauce – I expected a lot from this sauce before I opened the bottle. I’ve tried Fat Bastard Bear Bite Forest Fruit Hot Wild Berry and it was one of the most flavorful sauces I’ve ever used on barbecue. That led me to believe that Fat Bastard Hawgwash BBQ Sauce had to be just as good. I opened the bottle and poured a heaping spoonful to try. I wasn’t disappointed.

First of all, the creative packaging rocks. A piece of rope holds a piece of real soap around the neck of the bottle, going along with the Hawgwash theme. The soap smells good and is great for washing your hands while you’re preparing your barbecue feast. Continue Reading

Great White Shark Predator Review

Great White Shark Predator Hot Sauce – Like the predator this sauce is named for you, it creeps out at from the swirling dark blue waters to attack. I really expected a fairly mild heat level to this one and was surprised to find that its bite is as deadly as the Great White Shark’s.

The burn here is slow and almost sensual. It begins with a sharp hit, then backs off to allow you to enjoy the taste of the sauce, then it begins building again, until you find yourself wiping the sweat from your brow. That first taste and this experience are worth the price of a bottle. Continue Reading

Bourbon Whiskey BBQ Sauce Recipe


  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic, and whiskey. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Run sauce through a strainer … Continue Reading

Georgia Peach and Vidalia Onion Pepper Sauce Review

Georgia Peach and Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce – This is what I like to refer to as a designer sauce. Not only is it a designer sauce, it is so finely crafted that it can be referred to as a work of art. The hook for this sauce is the Georgia peaches and the Vidalia onions, both of which provide an intensely sweet flavor that never overpowers the senses. This sauce perfectly complements anything you use it with. It’s a highly versatile sauce and one you need to keep on hand in quantity because it is so addicting and so functional.

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Sliced Steak Gyros


  • 2 pounds 1-inch-thick sirloin steak
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 2 sprigs oregano, stems discarded, leaves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 4 large pitas or other flatbread
  • Toppings, such as thinly sliced cucumber, tomato and red onion; chopped chiles and kalamata olives; shredded romaine lettuce hearts; flat leaf parsley leaves
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Mad Dog 357 Hot Pepper Sauce Review

Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce – 357, 000 on the Scoville heat scale. That’s damn hot. The label has a long list of terms of agreement before you use this sauce. That’s because Mad Dog sauces are violently hot. If you’re one of those guys or girls that like pain, this is a sauce for you.

I’ve tried it alone and with foods. Even as an additive to other foods, Mad Dog 357 is only marginally workable, and then only if you have enough common sense to use it in moderation.

There’s not a whole lot to this sauce.  Vinegar, chile extract, cane juice, habanero peppers, garlic, onion, and cayennes that measure 160,000 on the Scoville chart themselves. Continue Reading

Grilled Teriyaki Beer Chicken Recipe


  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup teriyaki marinade
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
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Bear Claw Chipotle BBQ Sauce Review

Bear Claw Chipotle Barbecue Sauce – This sauce has a deep, reddish-brown color and an exceptional pour quality. It lays perfectly over any meat you use it on and cooks to a nice and thick consistency, allowing its flavor to stay with the meat and compliment every bite.

Any sauce made with chipotle stands a chance of being good. The smoked peppers give it a taste that suits barbecue well. In addition to the chipotle peppers in Bear Claw, there’s a tomato sauce base with sugar, worcestershire sauce, salt, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice, and some bell peppers. None of these ingredients, including the pineapples, take away from the wonderful smoky taste of the chipotles, which remain the key flavor personality throughout. Continue Reading

Garlic Curry Burger Recipe


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped sweet onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon mild curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning Continue Reading

Easy Chili Recipe


  • 1/2 pound ground meat
  • bit of olive oil
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • garlic powder to taste
  • chilli powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 can ranch style beans
  • 1 can beef broth
  • hot sauce to taste
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Wimp Retardant Hot Sauce Review

Wimp Retardant Hot Sauce – Actually, the full name of this sauce is Professor Payne Indeass’s Butt Blazin’ Recipe #3 Wimp Retardant Hot Sauce, but that seemed like an awfully long title for a review. The old-timey label features a man, presumably Professor Payne Indeass (get it?) himself, arms outstretched with a bottle in his hand, a top hat on his head, and his mouth open wide. I can just imagine him saying “Step right up…” A crowd gathers around the edges of what appears to be a picture frame. I like that the label leaves about an inch and a half of the back of the bottle uncovered so that you can easily see the pepper seeds floating around inside. I rate the old-fashioned packaging 5/5. It creates the feel they seem to be going for.

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Chicken & Corn Soup Recipe


  • 2 (3 pound) whole chickens, cut into pieces
  • 3 quarts water
  • 3 onions, minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 10 ears fresh corn
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk Continue Reading

Smoky Iguana Chipotle Pepper Sauce Review

The label of Smoky Iguana Chipotle Pepper Sauce features a rare sight: an iguana smoking a cigar — in camouflage, no less. He is climbing onto a rock, apparently leaving the flames of battle behind him, as he smokes his victory cigar. His name is Iggy, of course, and there is a cute little story about his adventures on the side of the bottle. The slogan tells us, “It’s so good, it’s smokin’.” Aside from the implied heat of the flames on the label, this sauce makes no claims of extreme heat. It even describes itself as “Smoky, savory and sort’a hot.” When so many milder sauces seem to feel the need to describe themselves as the hottest stuff on the planet, such honesty is refreshing. I freely give this label 5/5 for its creativity. Continue Reading

Avocado Hot Sauce Recipe

4 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, chopped
3 teaspoons liquid hot sauce
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic

Place all ingredients in a blender and pure until smooth.

Widow Hot Sauce Review

Widow Hot Sauce – First of all, if you have forgotten what the bottle looked like when you placed your order, you will likely be quite startled as, while unpacking your order, you find a big black spider on the bottle. Not on the label — on the bottle! It’s plastic, of course, but the two seconds it took me to process that fact were quite disturbing. The yellow, black, and red label also features a black widow — with the distinguishing red hourglass on her belly — sitting in a web. Blood drips from both her fangs and from the words “Widow” and “No Survivors.” There is also a warning that reads, “Extremely HOT SAUCE. Use one drop at a time!” I give the dramatic, attention-getting label 5/5. You really can’t help but notice it — and perhaps wonder whether you are up to the challenge. Continue Reading

Chile de Arbol Hot Sauce Recipe


  • 50 to 60 dried chiles de Arbol peppers
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds or 1/4 teaspoon groun
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar

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Mountain Man Roasted Corn, Garlic, and Chipotle Sauce Review

Mountain Man Roasted Corn, Garlic, and Chipotle Sauce – This Mountain Man sauce is everything you’d expected from the finely crafted sauces Mountain Man puts out. Those sauces include Mountain Man Garlic Pepper Sauce and Mountain Man Roasted habanero Sauce. Mountain Man sauces are exquisite blends of ingredients and unique flavors to tickle the palate. I mean, really, give me a break. Just take a look at the name of this sauce. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Apple cider, vinegar, chipotle peppers,  roasted corn, tomato puree, molasses, garlic, salt, and brown sugar. Continue Reading

Dave’s Gourmet Badlands Barbeque Sauce Review

Dave’s Gourmet Badlands Barbeque Sauce – Usually, when I’m about to taste a product by Dave’s Gourmet, I take some preparations. I have 911 on speed dial, I keep a large glass of iced tea handy, and I make sure no one is around to hear me scream and see me cry. So I was surprised to find that after tasting Dave’s Gourmet Badlands Barbeque Sauce, no trips to ER would be necessary.

To be fair, the label indicates in two places that Badlands Barbeque is not as much about heat as it is about flavor. And there it definitely has plenty. Continue Reading