Okay, break’s over, people. Time to get right back into the weird stuff, with something mean and green.
Today’s sauce is Rampage – A kaiju-themed creation from Stephen Dixon, at Hot Pods, clad in a label oh so reminiscent of Godzilla, himself. The king of all japanese monster movies.
Yet, as specific as its referencing might be, you’re not going to need any knowledge of the genre to appreciate the blend of pears, peas and horseradish that makes this sauce unique.
That wild blend is something that we can all appreciate the enormity of. If it works.
What’s up my fiery food fans? As you all know by now, I’m a lover of all things weird and wonderful – A freak, you could say – and I started this site to explore the crazy flavours in chilli sauce.
Yet we all need a break, from time to time, so today I’m trying something simple. Something with only three, ordinary ingredients:
This is South Devon Chilli Farm’s Peruvian blend and those ingredients are:
Fresh Aji Chillies (60%), Spirit Vinegar, Salt.
It’s an incredibly simple sauce but its purity is high and it highlights a regional pepper strain. So let’s see how different that peruvian variety tastes, shall we?
Hey folks, I’ve had this review in the back of my mind for a while now and, with so much sweet stuff on the site lately, I reckon now’s the perfect time for it. The ideal moment for the savoury garlic comparison that I’ve been planning ever since a garlic sauce proved my favourite in my tri-ginger tournament.
So, let’s meet the contestants, shall we?
On the left, we have Torchbearer Sauces’ Garlic Reaper, as seen on Hot One’s eighth season. Probably the hottest of the bunch and definitely the palest, creamiest looking.
Then, on the right, we see Fire Foods’ Fire Garlic, with its equally to the point name and the bold, yet uninformative, branding that we’ve seen on all of the company’s products.
And finally, in the middle, lies Chilliscrumptious’ First Date. A sauce who’s packaging could say everything or nothing, depending on how much you’re willing to turn the bottle. Here it is from a couple different angles to show you what I mean:
The art, company name and sauce name are all on different sides, making this bottle a real pain in the neck to display, but the garlic bulbs in the background certainly ram home what it’s all about and I did love their coffee sauce.
So I have to know, how does this little scotch bonnet number stack up against the ghost and reaper of its equally garlic-themed competitors?
So, at the end of last week’s review, I promised you cayenne and I intend to deliver. Yet what you’re seeing, this week, might not be quite what you expected.
You see, Mahi have been pretty busy since we last saw them and they’ve brought out a whole new range of fruitier sauces. Everything from Tamarind & Mango to Reaper & Pineapple but the one that caught my eye was this:
Their Cranberry & Cayenne.
Something on the milder side, yes, but still high enough up the scale to state its chilli Which is exactly what I’m into – Interesting pairings with specific pepper flavours. So let’s see how this one does, shall we?
Hello again everyone. This week, I’m looking at another chipotle-based barbecue sauce but it’s very different from the last.
This is Daddy Cool’s South Carolina BBQ Mustard – His “All Up In My Grill” – and it’s 33% mustard. Not even close to the usual brown and sticky, molasses-forward barbecue style that I’m used to.
So let’s see how it is, shall we?
Happy tuesday, spice lovers and welcome back to another fiery food review.
Recently, we’ve been looking at a lot of rather strong sauces – Anywhere from regular “hot” to pushing the upper limits of what we all know to be possible – and last week’s “mild” cranberry chocolate did nothing to bring the heat back down. So today, I’d like to show you something more medium that I’ve been holding onto for quite a while:
Hot-Headz’ own Apple Chipotle Bourbon BBQ.
I discovered this barbecue sauce all the way back in twenty-seventeen and was so impressed that I talked my local chilli shop into stocking it. But, to my dismay, it was discontinued before I could put my love for it into words online.
Only recently has it resurfaced, giving me the opportunity to talk about it oncemore, but I’m not going to let it get away from me again. So please, read on and discover what it is that makes today’s product my all time favourite from Hot-Headz.
So, last week we shone a light on a rare pepper variety with High River’s insanely hot sauce but, this time around, we’re looking at something a good deal milder.
The shipka – Or bulgarian carrot, to give its common name – clocks in at between ten and thirty thousand scoville units, making it just a little hotter than the hottest of normal jalapeño strains. It’s very fresh, very vegetable and very much an orange pepper.
Yet, despite being so usable and being quite possibly the second most common orange chilli, I’ve never seen the “carrot” in sauce before. Only fresh or in seed form.
So I’m very interested in seeing what Chilli Hills – An actual bulgarian company – have done with it.
And, if you are, too, Doctor Burnorium’s Hot Sauce Emporium appears to be the main importer of today’s sauce. Though you might want to read on before you order.
Welcome back, everyone. It’s review time again and, so far, I feel like we’ve seen a lot of fruit-based products this year.
Well, today’s sauce does promise peach and blueberry undertones but those are far from its main focus. As you can tell from its bottle:
This is Thunder Juice. A brown chilli product from the makers of Rogue – My personal favourite from the Hot Ones line-up.
It’s High River Sauces’ tequila-infused sauce but its true selling point is that mind-blowing, eye-widening, skull-scorching nuclear mushroom cloud of heat that we see in its art. A truly extreme visual representation that the product may actually live up to, considering its primary pepper.
Because, while it does look to contain a fair amount of the current world record holder, this isn’t a reaper sauce. It’s a chocolate bhutlah one – Which might just make it even hotter.
And, even if it doesn’t, the bhutlah also brings a blend of rich, earthy and cocoa-like flavours that I absolutely adore. I have no idea how it’ll pair with peach, blueberries and tequila but I look forward to finding out, while I put the firepower of this potential future record to the test.
Happy tuesday, my fellow fiery food fans. Today, we’re taking a second look at the Chilli Brothers.
This time around, however, I’m trying out one of their sauces:
One that’s wrapped in a sleek, stylish and super shiny, silver label with the same logo and lack of information that we saw on their syrups. One that, once again, only gives us the sauce name, in small, above its ingredients list on the back.
That’s bad branding, pure and simple, but at least we can see the sauce around the label’s edges. At least we can make out its browned-apple colour and texture. Even if we can’t see the yuzu that actually got me interested.
Hopefully that yuzu comes through in its taste but, since I wasn’t so impressed with the company’s last pair, I figured I’d bring in a second sauce this week:
One that, sadly, isn’t the same asian citrus but still makes a wonderful, warming flavour from its whole, organic lemons.
Happy tuesday, fiery food fans! Last week was fiesta time with Saucey Lady and yesterday was a nice, relaxed birthday celebration for one of my relatives but today, we’re back to work in the Pepper Kitchen.
Yes, this week, we’re trying sauce from Pepper Kitchen – A three-man company from east london who put their own spin on a trinidadian family recipe. Or should I say spins?
After all, I don’t just have the one bottle from them: