Cottage Delight Very Hot Cajun Sauce

This is the second sauce I’ve tried from the Hot & Spicy Assortment of Cottage Delight sauces and chutneys I was sent recently.  See my review of the Cottage Delight Mexican Hot & Sweet Jalapeño Sauce from the same pack.

Cottage Delight Very Hot Cajun Sauce is a bright orange colour with flecks of red, a really attractive and natural looking sauce which has come from blending up the Habanero and Scotch Bonnet peppers.

On tasting, the sauce has a rich, citrusy chilli pepper taste with a high vinegar kick.  The Habanero pepper really stands out here, and is matched perfectly with the fruity Scotch Bonnet pepper.  The Cajun flavour comes from a slight hint of mustard, coupled with the fruity and zingy pepper taste – delicious!

I much prefer the runnier, vinegar based consistency of the Cajun sauce to the jammy Mexican Hot, I find that a sauce of this consistency is much more versatile and easier to eat in larger amounts.

Cottage Delight Very Hot Cajun Sauce is a really tasty sauce and I would recommend this as a store-cupboard staple since it’s a sauce that has a pure Habanero and Scotch Bonnet flavour, but with a good amount of depth thanks to the Cajun finish.

Rating: 3/5


Cottage Delight Mexican Hot & Sweet Jalapeño Sauce

I was sent a Hot & Spicy Assortment of Cottage Delight sauces and chutneys, each coming in their own 40ml glass jar – a great gift for anyone who likes their condiments and hot sauces.

First up is the Cottage Delight Mexican Hot & Sweet Jalapeño Sauce which is an almost translucent, lime colour sauce with flecks of green jalapeño throughout the sauce.

On tasting, the sauce has a fresh, fruity jalapeno flavour with slight bitterness from the chilli pepper.  A delightful sweet and sour flavour, and a small amount of heat that leaves a warming heat in the mouth.    This is a very sweet sauce (as the name suggests), however the acidic kick prevents it from being sickly.

Cottage Delight Mexican Hot & Sweet Jalapeño Sauce is a nice tasting sauce, but I’m not so keen on the jammy, sticky consistency.


YesChilli Hot Sauce

YesChilli Hot Sauce is pan roasted & sun dried dark pepper, and ginger based oil that is made in the UK. The ingredients in YesChilli Hot Sauce are just Sunflower oil, pepper, ginger, and soya extract, which sounds promising since I find that oils are best when just a few strong ingredients are added.

The oil is highly packed with the dark black pepper, you really have to give the bottle a vigorous shake to distribute the pepper and other ingredients from the bottom. YesChilli Hot Sauce is not a smooth pouring oil, this is a highly flecked oil which is quite thick due to the amount of bits in the bottle.

YesChilli Hot Sauce bursts your nostrils open with a deep, earthy aromatic smell of roasted chilli and soy, it’s a very powerful aroma which smells like it could wake up any dish it’s added to. The same goes for the taste, it’s ever so powerful and rich, a mass of roasted peppers and chilli heat fills the mouth on taste, a searing burn that is instant but fades fasts. I’m still in the dark at what chilli pepper is used in this sauce, but it tastes more like a hot black peppercorn than a fresh red chilli for example. The ginger is subtlety there, and the soy pushes through. YesChilli Hot Sauce is a clearly an Asian inspired tasting sauce, you’d really only pair this with Asian style foods due to the strong soy presence – but I could be wrong and will experiment.

YesChilli Hot Sauce is quite unique in that it really produces an instantly burning heat in your mouth, but hides fast leaving you to enjoy the wonderfully deep flavour that is left behind. I found that after eating quite a lot of the sauce in dish almost numbs the tongue a little, in the same way that too much Schezwan pepper can do.

I really enjoy this sauce on stir-fries, rice dishes, sushi, and I’ve roasted peanuts (see photos below) in it a few times now which are delightful. I found it quite difficult to review this sauce since it’s really unique and nothing like I’ve had before in terms of flavour. If you’re into your Asian food and don’t mind that this is an oil-based sauce, I’d say go out and buy this right-away – it’s really excellent – YES!

Rating: 4/5

Spontaneous Combustion Chicken Wing Sauce

Spontaneous Combustion Chicken Wing Sauce is made by Southwest Specialty Food, Inc  (the company sometimes goes under the Ass Kickin’ brand), and this sauce comes all the way from Arizona USA.  I picked this up from my local Hot Headz online shop since I love trying different wing sauces, and really liked the packaging this sauce comes in.

Spontaneous Combustion Chicken Wing Sauce is your typical glossy and runny wing sauce constancy, and is a muted orange colour.  There is vinegar on the aroma, as well as raw chilli extract will clear out any cold.

So as I’ve mentioned in previous posts about Wing Sauce, it’s only fair to review these sauces when cooked with chicken wings rather than trying the sauce in isolation.  That said, when you do try the sauce alone it’s full of instant searing, burning heat that makes my eyes water every time. This sauce has not got a deep or complex flavour, and the heat seems to get in the way of any subtle balance between pepper and vinegar.

Spontaneous Combustion Chicken Wing Sauce is a seriously hot sauce that makes tangy and fresh tasting super-hot wings,  but it doesn’t have the full flavour that I like from sauces such as Louisiana Wing Sauce or Frank’s RedHot Xtra Hot Sauce. The sauce  seems to be heat over taste, and although this is disappointing it does have its uses such as ‘Roulette Wings’, or adding to other wing sauces to beef up the heat.

I haven’t got much to say about Spontaneous Combustion Chicken Wing Sauce since it’s a fairly one-dimensional sauce, but it does make exceptionally very hot and tasty wings. Personally I’d rather a more full flavoured sauce and add extra heat.

Rating: 2.5/5

Louisiana Wing Sauce – The Original

Buffalo Wings.  Man, I love Buffalo Wings.  My friend got me this sauce from Texas, saying that it’s very popular over there.  I know that Frank’s hot sauce is the most popular sauce for making Buffalo wings, but I wondered what the next big ‘go-to sauce’ is for wings, and apparently it is Louisiana Wing Sauce by Bruce Foods Corporation.

Well, Louisiana Wing Sauce certainly doesn’t disappoint, this is a wing sauce that is really worth seeking out if you like your Buffalo Wings.

The sauce is slightly thicker than original Frank’s, but very similar to Frank’s Wings sauce (surprisingly!).  A glossy, dark looking sauce, that smells quite acidic and almost punches you up the nose with it’s sharp tang.

I’m actually not so keen on this sauce when tasted by itself, it has a slightly odd flavour which I can’t put my finger on, a slightly artificial flavour, and tastes slightly too acidic. But this is a wing sauce after all, and so far I’ve found that most wing sauces aren’t great by themselves or served directly onto food…. Wing sauces are for WINGS.

I’ve cooked three batches of wings on separate occasions with Louisiana Wing Sauce, and I’ll say now those were the best wings I’ve ever eaten, and this is the best wing sauce I’ve ever had.  The high acidity goes perfect on the crisp, fatty chicken skin, and the full pepper flavour really compliments the white meat.  As the sauce caramelises on the meat, it goes a little ‘Marmitey’, a strong umami hit for the tastebuds.  It’s not  a complex sauce, and it’s made for one objective alone, to make f*cking A.M.A.Z.I.N.G tasting wings.

It would be only fair to compare it to Franks, and I’d say it’s more acidic, has much more heat, and has an overall fuller flavour than Franks.  Plus it came in a decent size bottle (354ml), something I wish Frank’s would.

So if you like making Buffalo wings, get yourself some of this sauce and let me know what think.

What’s your favourite wing sauce?

Rating: 4/5

Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally

Comedy-named novelty sauces – love them or hate them?  Personally I love them (‘Professor Payne Indeass Sphincter Shrinker’ is one of my favorites), but I’ll rarely buy them since I can’t help but think that a sauce should be sold on its description and ingredients alone, but perhaps I’m just being a bit stuffy?  They are just a load of fun afterall.

So, Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally is a comedy-named Habanero hot sauce which comes from Florida, US.  As you can see, some poor lad has had his bare bottom smacked hard, and crying.  Fine.  What I haven’t figured out is whether he is crying due to a sore derrière or whether he has had the displeasure to try this sauce.

This comedy sauce doesn’t offer much other than the humorous packaging; what we have here is a bland, artificial, watery hot sauce which just burns your tongue and doesn’t offer much else.  Not much aroma to mention, and the colour of the sauce is quite pale and almost anaemic.   The ingredients list (image below) promises so much, but it feels like those ingredients have had the soul slapped out of them, and if I was going to call this sauce something, it certainly wouldn’t be Sally.

Rating: 1/5

Encona Brazilian BBQ Sauce

A short review today since I doubt you’ll able to buy this sauce anymore because Encona released this limited edition to coincide with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil (England fans have already forgotten this ever happened).

This is a very brave sauce to call BBQ in my opinion, and I must applaud Encona for doing so since it’s really something quite different to other barbecue sauces.

The colour is a rich mahogany, consistency is oily and smooth, but not sticky and gloopy like a lot of US style barbecue sauces. Encona Brazilian BBQ Sauce has a nice sweet smokey taste which is livened up by a strong woody herb flavour, think thyme or marjoram.  A slight hint of citrus brings the smoke and herbs together.

There isn’t really much heat to it, but it’s got a pleasant warmth. This sauce isn’t mind-blowing by any means, especially when tried by itself alone, but add this to a burger or any kind of grilled meat or vegetables and this sauce really offers something very tasty and unique, which is more than can be send for a lot of barbecue sauces out there.

Rating: 3/5

Sainsbury’s Hot Pepper Sauce

I like to keep an eye on what supermarkets are doing with their own brand sauces, and it’s great when you come across an attempt that is actually quite good.  Well Sainsbury’s, this one is a blinder.

Sainsbury’s Hot Pepper Sauce is very much in the style of a Caribbean Scotch Bonnet sauce such as Windward West Indian sauce, or the Encona Hot Pepper sauce.  The sauce has a great colour and large visible pieces of Habanero within it, and has a loose and chunky consistency.

The flavour is fresh and fruity (what you’d expect from a Habanero sauce), and has short punchy heat followed by a longer burn which is actually quite devastating if you have a lot of it, we’re talking tears over a tablespoon.

A really good own-brand sauce.  Although it’s a great sauce for the price (£1.25), I personally wouldn’t buy it again since there are better examples of this style of sauce out there, however it’s worth a punt if your Sainsbury’s stocks it.

Rating: 3.5/5


After a few more tastes and chats with friends, I think I would perhaps buy this again over brands like Encona or Windward (which share shelf space) .  This sauce by Sainsbury’s has an very special individuality; for an own-brand sauce I can do nothing but tip one’s cap.

Cholula Chilli Garlic

I’m a big fan of the original variety of Cholula, it’s the perfect beginners hot sauce since it has a heat which almost anyone can manage, but packs in such a good taste.  I usually have a bottle floating around somewhere since it’s so versitile thanks to the big fresh flavour and splash on consistency.

This Cholula Chilli Garlic variety is not as good as the original though, let’s say that now.  The reason Cholula original such a popular and bestselling sauce is because the exceptional balance of chilli peppers and vinegar.  This Chilli Garlic variety pushes a much stronger garlic flavour but for me it’s not particularly tasty; it’s more like a dried garlic than fresh garlic flavour.  It’s also worth noting that this has no more heat than the original.

Nonetheless, Cholula Chilli Garlic is a good sauce and worth trying if you particularly like garlic, but personally I’ll stick with the original and Chipotle varieties.

Rating: 3/5

Panola Cajun Hot Sauce Salsa Picante

I got this Panola sauce as part of a gift pack which came with a total of four sauces, and was surprisingly quite cheap for imported sauces (£4.99).  Panola Cajun Hot Sauce Salsa Picante seems to be the ‘Original’ variety in the gift pack so I thought I would review it first.

The sauce comes in a 177ml plastic bottle, and has a liquid/splash consistency to it.  The colour of the sauce is blood red, and imparts strong colouring on most foods you add it to, however the sauce is 100% natural.  Just four ingredients make up this sauce, the key being the ‘Aged Pepper Mash’ which is used in sauces such Frank’s Red Hot and Tabasco.  Combine the pepper mash with vinegar and you have a straightforward Louisiana Hot Sauce.

The sauce has great depth of flavour from the aged peppers, with a rich backbone and a floral finish.  I’m a big fan of vinegar sauces, but this has a slight unpleasant acidity to it which I can’t put my finger on.  On foods the flavour tends to get a little lost, so I’d perhaps keep this sauce for adding to blander items such as nachos and eggs.

Not bad, I’d imagine this sauce sits on a lot of Louisiana cafe/diner tables, but it’s not one I’d bother with having at home.

Rating: 2/5