Now that it’s september, summer is practically over but I reckon that we can still eek out a just a touch more time from our british barbecue season. Which is great because I just got my hands on two new sweet and sticky sauces from Hot Headz:
But, if I’m wrong and the recent rain is here to stay, they should still pack enough smoke of their own to bring the barbecue indoors, metaphorically speaking.
I love sauces from this genre over ribs, chicken, baked beans and macaroni cheese, to name just a few uses, so they certainly won’t go to waste. Not even out of season.
And, after how much I enjoyed Hot Headz’ medium barbecue blend, I am super excited to see what they do with their mild and extreme versions.
I have very high hopes for today’s review items. Let’s see if they can hold up to them, shall we?
It’s monday, dear readers, and, while it might not be my usual blogging day, it is, in fact, my birthday. The day where I turn a year older and I mark the occasion with something stupidly hot. An extract-based sauce or two to make me suffer for your entertainment, as well as the entertainment of those who craft such fearsome concoctions.
As I mentioned, last week, this year’s post is dedicated to Dan Reed and his company, Chilli of the Valley. A company who kindly supplied me with one of their hottest natural products as an appetiser.
Yet I kind of suspect that that’s all that Dan meant for his Black Death to be. Because it may have been hot and tasty but it sure didn’t pack the unnatural punch of a sauce like this:
His Phwoar Koff and Dai.
Not that it’s actually meant to be read as “Phwoar Koff and Dai” but, well, I do try to keep things family friendly on my front page. And I’m sure that we’ll all understand what it really means once we’ve tried it.
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.
So twenty-nineteen is on the way out, dear readers, and today is all that remains of it but I do have one last sauce to show you, before the year is out. It’s a special one, too. The very first to use Tesco’s latest attempt at the world record: The Armageddon pepper.
Upon release, this superhot was actually claimed to be milder than the reaper but, as most professional growers will tell you, later crops average hotter chillies. Tesco and their grower, Love My Chillies, were expecting it to make up the difference towards the end of twenty-nineteen’s growing season, though I’ve seen no word on whether or not it really did.
So I don’t know if this is now the hottest pepper in the world but I do know what today’s bottle says. It says that this is Brighton Hot Stuff‘s hottest sauce, made with habaneros, reapers, moruga scorpions, ghosts and the armageddon from which it gets its name. A huge range of red chillies, from hot to world record level and possibly even beyond.
Let’s take a closer look at it.
Happy thursday again, spice lovers. Today we’re looking at a sauce, despite it being a bit of a departure from my regular upload schedule.
Why? Because, like with The Chilli Pepper Company’s second Dragon’s Breath, it’s not a new sauce. It’s a revision of an older item using a possible “reaper killer” pepper.
Of course, the situation isn’t quite the same here. Today’s isn’t a new “reaper killer”, or even one that wasn’t in the sauce before, but this latest version of Burning Desire’s Critical Mass uses significantly more FG jigsaw than the old. And it was already a ten out of ten last time.
You can see the increased chilli in its colour – Now much nearer red than its old, yellow-tinged orange – and I’m a tiny bit scared. If this sauce is even a smidge hotter than it used to be, it’s going to be the hottest non-extract one that I’ve written about and I’m going to have to change my entire numbering system to account for it.
But, much as I expect it to hurt, I’m still grateful to Jason for sending this to me. For including it with my birthday purchase.
Why? Because his Critical Mass isn’t just pure chilli. It’s also a delightfully tropical, passion-fruit and mango concoction that I’m happy to have on hand for my cooking, oncemore.
Greetings, spice fans, and welcome back to another month of fiery food reviews. As we enter into july, I’m finally caving to pressure and throwing a spotlight on the ketchup that Daddy Cool has been bugging me about. His Ketch the Reaper:
A chilli ketchup made with the current world record chilli but apparently still suitable for beginners.
After Farraday’s “mild” sauce, I’m a little sceptical of anything that claims to be both reaper and a sensible heat. Yet Encona came pretty close to a satisfying world record chilli sauce for the general public and, in doing so, made for my all time most read review. It would be remiss of me not to try the artisan equivalent and, considering who’s making it, my hopes are high.
I have never had a bad product from Daddy Cool’s before and I have no reason to believe that that will change today.
As one bottle reaches its end, another two come to light. For today, dear readers, we’re taking another look at Daddy Cool’s. At his Ghost Pepper Extreme and Jeepers Reapers Revenge.
Two of his hottest sauces, both in rather more current packaging than my past reviews, yet absolutely nothing to do with 📽️ the other Jeepers Reapers 📽️ that I tried. And still equally unrelated to Star wars.
But, while these sauces may be made for heat, they have a lot more going on than just that.
The Ghost Pepper Extreme is made with butternut squash, coconut water and an assortment of smoked ingredients to enhance the bhut’s flavour, while Jeepers Reapers Revenge contains scotch bonnet, roasted tomato and papaya to compliment its reaper chilli. I can’t say that I fully understand what that means for either but, having had Steve Cooley’s products before, I’m expecting the best.
Especially as this is only the second reaper sauce that I’ve seen boast a great taste award.
Guten nacht, meine freunde. Guten walpurgisnacht.
It’s that time of year again, where we remember the saint of calm seas and celebrate the night when witches roam free but it’s surprisingly hard to find a UK-made, witch themed sauce with which to do so. So, instead, we’re looking at the sorceress’ traditional sidekick, the familiar Flying Monkey. As produced by Farraday’s “Tasty” brand.
How tasty it actually is, however, is something that remains to be seen, since I’m sure that every producer thinks the best of their own creations. And, also, I’m a little bit wary of the words “Carolina Reaper Tame Chilli Sauce”.
I’ve shown off some comparatively mild Reaper products, like Encona’s hottest sauce or the Jalapeño Creaper from Devon Chilli Man, but nothing that I would ever truly call “tame”. And I doubt that that’s going to change today.
As another year comes to a close, it’s time to turn my sights to a new company:
Badgers Artisan Foods
A fairly recent one, started in 2016 with some home-grown chillies and this very sauce.
You might think, therefore, that they’d call it their original, but you’d be wrong. The peach and orange packaging and cheeky badger logo may look friendly and inviting but this is their Reaper Sauce.
It takes a bold chef to start a company with a world record but what I want to know is whether the taste can match the implied burn?
Hey folks. Having branched out to a second hot sauce importer fairly recently, I feel obliged to follow up on that post with a few more. To really show the full spectrum of suppliers.
But, of course, this post isn’t going to do that. No one post can.
Today, I’m just looking at one such company. One that brings over delicious sauces from germany and one that’s already quite close to my heart.
Today, I’m looking at Grim Reaper Foods but I’m looking at what they import, not what they make, for a change. Just be aware that the company that they stock is another slightly sweary one before you click through to read this article in full.