I would like to extend a big thanks to Chef Johnny and his wife Nicole McLaughlin over at heartbreaking dawns for sending me some of their Fervor reaper chile sauce to try out. This double trouble duo, started out doing what they love and creating fiery foods for all to enjoy from ingredients fresh out of their garden. They started out in 2008 like most of the hobby hot sauce makers do, at festivals and passing around to friends and family. They quickly grew into a to a well known and loved production company of artisan sauces and spice blends. HBD has received many awards and has been featured in many public media outlets. I love the fact that you can always find them involved in their business one way or another and not behind a desk somewhere not helping the company grow.
Ingredients… Apple Cider Vinegar, Orange Marmalade (pear + grape juice concentrate, orange peel, maltodextric, concentrated orange juice, fruit pectin, citric acid, natural flavor), Carolina Reaper Peppers, Water, Red Habanero Pepper, Strawberries, Carrots, Honey, Onion, Soy Sauce (water, soy beans, rice, salt), Salt, Garlic, Xanthan Gum, Ginger, Coriander
Fervor is real aromatic and appealing to the senses, it has a real fruity smell to it and you can really pick up the orange and grape. The sauce has almost little to no vinegar smell to it. Very sweet, appetizing aroma. This sauce has a light syrup flow to it not to thick and not to runny.
Fervor has a very pungent orange taste to it, yet not over baring. The flavor is like a game of peek-a-boo with the ingredients, some pop out and say surprise right away, while others play a subtle game of tag!. You can seek and find some of the grape, honey and carrots while the others hide in the background boosting the flavor of this intense sauce (enjoy a little endorphine rush, I did).
While this does have the Reaper pepper in it, to me the heat is not over baring. This sauce is hot, but not so hot that you can’t enjoy it. The established hot head will enjoy this sauce at about a 6, while a rookie may need to push through the pain a little at about a 7.5.
Now as the heat on this sauce was a little much for the Mrs. I could really only use this for myself, so I thought of some small simple meals yet something great to go along with this sauce. I took a few chicken tenders and marinated them in fervor, I threw in a little bit of fresh ginger and set them to bake. Once done I placed the chicken on top of some plain white rice and placed aside it some steamed asparagus.
I really love sweet and sour chicken from the Chinese place, and I love to dip it in the sweet and sour sauce mixed with a little duck sauce. I thought to myself instead of duck sauce lets mix a little fervor in it, and holy cow, I found my new favorite dipping sauce!
Enjoying this sauce as much as I did, I decided to make some pepper jelly with fervor and a little apricot. AMAZING! great on crackers and PBJ sandwiches.
Last but no least, I was able to enjoy this dish for dinner one day and lunch the next… OH YEAH! I took some fresh cut bone in center cut pork chops marinated them in some “Fervor”, fresh orange slices, apple juice and a shot of bourbon. Talk about some finger lickn’ good chops!
HBD lives up to it’s expectations of having some award winning sauces. With great flavor comes the love and care of heat to match. HBD Fervor will be a must have in my cabinet, and I can’t wait to try some more of their wonderful creations.
You won’t be disappointed, so contact the team that made this experience possible and get some of this sauce to add to your cabinet!