LUCKY DOG BLACK LABEL EXTRA HOT FIRE ROASTED PEPPER SAUCEon 09/30/2013 at 2:15 pm
“Hurry, hurry, step right up. Taste the hot sauce in town for only fifty cents. Step right up”, “Scott Zalkind owner of Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is one of the ‘Hardest Working Man’ in the hot sauce business. He is a combination of P.T. Barnum and Martha Stewart. Those who have met him at the Bay Area’s local farmers markets will have witnessed Scott’s P.T. Barnum like snappy patter and verse hawking his line of hot sauces. Those who have tried his sauces know his Martha Stewart like ability to create great tasting quality products. Scott has recently released his latest creation called the ‘Black Label Extra Hot Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce’. It is a combination of Trinidad Scorpion, peppers, figs. apple sauce and a whole lot more. We are privileged to sample and review this sauce today. We will sample it with some pork chops, ‘satisFries’ and a breakfast sandwich.
Onions, apple cider vinegar, water, ‘Nana mae’s’ organic apple sauce, jalapeno peppers, garlic, dried figs, sugar scorpion peppers, sea salt, ghost peppers sea salt, lime juice concentrate. A unique ingredient was noticed in this mix and that was ghost pepper sea salt which sounds very interesting and hot.
Aroma & Texture;
I smell onions, garlic and apples. This is a thick puree with no seeds present. I do have to mention the color. It is a light brown. We asked Scott what caused this hue of color and he replied it was from the figs. I personally feel that this color is a little unattractive. We do eat with our eyes and this is a little off putting.
Sweet onions and lots of garlic with freshness from lime and a finish of peppers is what she wrote. This sauce is not overly sweet but savory from the figs and apples combined with the onions and garlic.. The roasted jalapenos are present with a hint of smokiness. The Trinidad Scorpion peppers used in restraint grab the back of your throat and whisper I am here with their floral nuances.
We have some exotic peppers today; a combination of Trinidad scorpion, ghost pepper sea salt and jalapenos. With this all-star line-up I am a little surprised at the heat level. I expected a lot hotter. The heat level will barely tip to 3 stars out of 5. This sauce is all about the flavor.
Pork Chops on the grill was our dinner tonight. The sweetness from the sauce and pepper finish took our pork chops to an epic flavor level. I like that the Trinidad Scorpion peppers are not grabbing and demanding your attention with its massive heat. You know the peppers are there with the sweetness from the apples and figs taming the possible inferno.
I was in a hurry and grabbed the bottle of Black Label out of the fridge. I went to a fast food establishment and ordered a breakfast sandwich. What a treat. It is something about the sweet savory flavor of this sauce that has you craving more. I almost ordered a second sandwich just to have some more sauce.
Another fast food item of ‘Satisfries’ was picked up for a snack. We used the Black Label as a dipping sauce. These fries by themselves tasted mediocre at best. They did serve a valuable purpose as a vehicle to scoop Black label sauce for my eating pleasure. These fries with sauce were a magical sweet/savory treat.
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce has hit it out of the park with its sweet savory flavor and heat. This sauce is not excessively hot with its Trinidad Scorpion pepper punch. The balance of fruits and peppers will have you craving more. We are not enamored with the color of the sauce but once you have tasted its flavor, ‘Black Label Extra Hot Fire Roasted Pepper Sauce’ will win you over. This sauce has multiple food applications. We love it as a dipping sauce. The sweet savory flavor is addicting. I gobbled up the breakfast sandwich and wanted more. Grilled pork chops were a tasty treat. Black Label used as a dipping sauce was magical. Once again Scott has created a flavorful sauce that will satisfy. “Hurry, Hurry Step right up. See the show for only 50 cents” (It is a little more than 50 cents, but worth every penny.)
Luck Dog Hot Sauce
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