A dark and peppery barbecue sauce with a Jerk twist, this sauce is packed with Jamaican flavour and fairly mild heat. Strong tomato ketchup flavour at first, but then the smokey Jerk taste comes through well and provides a nice balance to the sweetness. Nice lip stinging heat from the Habanero, but nothing serious and this heat is dulled when added to food. The strong black pepper and allspice really stays with you and provides good depth to what could have been an average bbq sauce. Goes great on a hot sizzling sausage, and fantastic on chicken and rice. Reggae Reggae sauce is still the King of Jerk BBQ sauces in my opinion, but this effort by Encona fairs well and only cost me £1! Rating: 4⃣/5⃣
Buffalo Sauce by @meatlust. A thick, sticky, glossy sauce that has a fantastic bright neon-orange colour. A nice acidic heat from the cayenne, followed by a very sweet, caramel buttery flavour. It’s certainly something different, but I’m just not liking the combination of the butter flavour (comes from added butter powder) and the high sweetness. Sorry guys, I really don’t like this one, it’s far too sickly for me, and I’ve not found a use for it that I like. If the butter flavour was toned down I think it would be much nicer, it just tastes a bit artificial to me. However I think some people may really like this sauce, so I would say it’s worth a try if you like something sweeter. 4/10.
Chipotle chillis are smoked jalapenos, usually dried or preserved in sauce, which add a wonderful warm and rich smokiness to foods. Sainsbury’s have brought out a tomato ketchup that has the trendy ingredient added to it – Sainsbury’s Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup.
The ketchup is slightly darker than a standard ketchup, and the consistency is perhaps slightly thicker too.
Sainsbury’s Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup initially tastes very familiar – the super sweet tomato ketchup flavour is here, balanced with a slight vinegar tang, but the sauce soon develops into a rich, savoury, unami flavour in the mouth, a subtle smokiness making it’s way through at the end of the tasting. The smokiness is not harsh or dominating, it adds a bit of ‘bonfire’ to the sauce.
I can’t get any chilli heat from the ketchup which is a shame, but I’d be interested to know if anyone else does. I’m not going mark it down for this since it’s not labelled as a ketchup with lots of chilli heat. I suppose you could always add some chilli flakes to the ketchup, something I’ll be doing.
Sainsbury’s Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup is a nice ketchup, the chipotle chilli adds an interesting smokey savoury note to an otherwise sweet ketchup. It goes brilliantly with food as ketchup tends to, but thanks to the chipotle this is more interesting to add to foods than other ketchups.
The sauce is priced at £1.00 for 310g, while Sainsbury’s standard ketchup is priced at £1.20 for 680g. If you’re talking value for money, I don’t believe that Sainsbury’s Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup is interesting or different enough to purchase over Sainsbury’s standard ketchup. If Sainsbury’s added some chilli heat to this ketchup then it would make it much more attractive to buy at that price.
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.
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. A brilliant sauce for dipping chips or serving on burgers, however when I had it with eggs it was a little too sweet.
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!
I’ve had a couple of Pain Is Good sauces in the past and always remember that they tasted really fresh and almost homemade, so I was really looking forward to this Jalapeno Harissa.
Pain Is Good Jalapeno Harissa comes in a hip-flask shaped bottle, with a pleasingly textured paper label. The sauce is quite thick, and a deep brown in colour. All of the harissas I’ve tried in the past have been a bright red colour, so there is obviously something different going on with this sauce.
Wow, this sauce does taste fresh – like it was made yesterday! A sharp zing of jalapeno hits the taste buds, which is then mellowed with garlic and strong herbs. An earthy flavour brings depth and body to the sauce, followed by a fresh mint flavour, and then finishes with a lingering heat and coriander flavour. The heat of the sauce is tame at first, but builds to a tongue-dancing burn as you eat more. Mild, but interesting heat. Sounds great eh?! Hmm I’m not sure.
Pain Is Good Jalapeno Harissa has a very dominating mint flavour, and I think the sauce is a little confused overall. The acidic jalapeno goes great with the garlic and coriander flavour, but the mint just seems to hold this sauce back and stops it from being something you want to go back to. Don’t get me wrong, the sauce is nice, but it’s not one that urges you to eat more or add to your food. I’ve tried this sauce with plenty of foods, and there wasn’t much that it went well with, however if anything it’s best paired with white chicken meat.
What really gets my goat here is that is called ‘Harissa’. Nope sorry, this is not harissa by any means and I think it’s been badly thought through as a whole.
It’s such as shame that Pain Is Good Jalapeno Harissa is flawed since you can tell it’s a well crafted product, and contains great quality ingredients. Perhaps if the mint was toned down, some citrus added, and then called something less misleading, this could be a a really great 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.