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Hot Sauce plug

I’ve probably got about 20 different hot sauces currently around the house. I’ve got several sauces and extracts that make Dave’s Insanity Sauce, the godfather of the high Scoville count crowd, look like baby’s milk. I’ve got Mad Dog .357 Collector’s Edition, which checks in with about 600,000 Scoville units. It’s claimed by some to be the hottest sauce available because if you go any higher you really can’t call it a sauce anymore., it’s more of an extract. This doesn’t offer much more than pure heat but is really good for kicking up large quanties of food like gumbos.

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I’ve got Pyromania, a much milder and more flavorful hot sauce, a sauce that has a nice chipotle flavor while still being pretty hot from habañeros. It’s mild enough to be used as a straight sauce but it will still kick your ass.

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And I like the various Marie Sharp Caribbean-styled sauces. One of my favorites is her Exotic Sauce, which is fairly mild but has an intriguing flavor profile that’s different from the rest. Her Orange Pulp Habañero is much hotter and still has a nice flavor.

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But all of this is a prelude to what I came here to plug. I love this brand:

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I orginally got a couple of bottles in a swag basket I won in a contest. Back then, they looked like this:

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But they’re rebranded and they’ve packaged their products in larger bottles than the old 5 oz bottles. That’s a good thing because these are milder sauces and you tend to go through bottles pretty quickly. Their motto is “Flavor Before Fire” and they’ve nailed that perfectly. These are some of the best tasting hot sauces on the planet. They are especially good cooked in quesadillas. Talk about yummy – they strike the perfect chili note in a freshly made quesadilla. Just enough heat to be interesting. They’ve even added a 100,000 Scoville unit model that I suspect will still maintain some of the flavor that they’ve become known for.

If you’re interested in them, you can buy them directly from their web site. Since they are “natural”, you’ll also find them at Whole foods and Wild Oats. You might also find them at specialty hot sauce stores. They also sell the sauces in larger “industrial” sizes for restaurant chefs that want to use them in their cooking.

Hot sauce fanatics might not find them hot enough, but I love them, even though I’m a sucker for a super-hot hot sauce. These are true “slather-worthy” sauces.

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Right now, they have a special going on. You buy 3 and you get 25% off (don’t know how long this is going on for though). My three favorites are (in order) Jamaican Jerk (not as authentic a jerk as you’ll find but simply great on its own merits), Hot, and Sweet. Many folks love the Roasted Shallots and Garlic, but it’s not my favorite. I haven’t tried the two new “very hot” sauces.

Here’s their website:

http://www.sweetsunshine.com/home.htm

You’ll find the special under “About the Sauce”.

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