Salsa Hecho in Pacific Northwest and Juanita’s Tortilla Chips Review

The Best Tortilla Chips

Today I am going to let you in on one of my hands-down favorite snacks. These two gems have only entered my life in the past couple years, but I can’t imagine how I lived without them for so long. With this review of Salsa Hecho in Pacific Northwest and Juanita’s Tortilla Chips you will find out what you’ve been missing, and hopefully feel compelled to run out and get some for yourself!

Local and Organic

Sadly, if you do not live in the Southern Oregon area, you may have trouble finding this salsa. It is made locally, and is available at the local stores I go to that specialize in local and/or organic products. I am not sure how far this product has made it outside of our area, but I am hoping telling the world about it here on my website, gives it a little push in popularity, so that others can get the chance to indulge in this awesome salsa too.Salsa Hecho in Pacific Northwest

From what I can tell, Salsa Hecho in Pacific Northwest comes out of little town called Central Point, with their mailing address in Talent, OR. According to it is owned by the Berryman family, but a quote on the container itself lists a Dustin Knapp…not sure who that is. Also, this company has apparently been around for 23 years! Boy have I been missing out!

I love, love, love salsa! I am always trying new brands and styles. In the past couple years, though, I have gotten a lot more into all things organic. My goal to eat chemical free food has led me to spend a lot more time (and money) at specialized stores that focus on organic and local meats, fruit, veggies, etc. And through this I was able to discover, this most delicious and fresh salsa I have ever purchased.

Fresh and Natural

For many years I have made my own Pico de Gallo, but I have yet to figure out how to get it to the point where I would call it salsa instead of a drier Pico type salsa. Don’t get me wrong, it is super tasty, but it doesn’t always give me the moisture I am looking for to accent certain dishes. And that is just one of the reasons why Salsa Hecho in Pacific Northwest is so awesome.Salsa Hecho in Pacific Northwest Ingredients

As the container it comes in notes, this product is 100% natural and not cooked, and with that first bite you know that is true. It is so fresh and wonderful. I have no idea why I can’t make it myself. Maybe I haven’t tried hard enough, but most days spending 3 or 4 bucks on a tub of this is way easier than trying to make it myself. Especially when I know it is made locally and naturally.

The only thing I could possibly say negatively about this salsa is that some of the vegetable chunks are pretty big. Most of the time this doesn’t bother me, but if I am using it for say a street taco, I take the bigger chunks out because it affect the texture of my food in a way I am not wanting. But that is not a major sacrifice for the most delicious salsa ever.

Chips and Salsa!

That being said, when this salsa shines the most is when you go back to basics, good ol’ chips and salsa! This is when every chunky, juicy, fresh and wonderful bite makes you fall in love with every mouthful. Oh boy, this stuff is good! I cannot even express how great it is, really.

And this brings me to the second half of this review…the best, most addicting tortilla chips I have ever tasted: Juanita’s Tortilla Chips. These two paired together is truly to die for!

Best Tortilla Chips Ever

I don’t know if you have tried Juanita’s Chips, but if haven’t, you should! Just as with the salsa, these are also made in Oregon. But instead of Southern Oregon, Juanita’s comes from Northern Oregon, near the beautiful Columbia River.Juanita's Tortilla Chips Review

Unlike the salsa, Juanita’s seems to have made its way out of the Pacific Northwest. They are even available on or at I am proud of Juanita’s for their success, they deserve it. They make some barn good tortilla chips! Hopefully they available at your local grocery store. If not the prices on their website are pretty good too.

These chips are perfect. They are light and crisp, but not fragile. They have a bit of oil, which makes the salt stick and somehow makes them seem more fresh than other, drier packaged chip brands. It really fells and tastes like these were made just down the road.

Although I just usually buy their original tortilla chips, they do actually have three additional flavors. These include: Chilipeno, Jalapeno, and Sweet Chili. So far I have tried the Chilipeno, but not the other two. These were also very good chips.

For the purpose of a snack or appetizer of chips and salsa, I prefer the original tortilla chips. No need to have extra flavors to mix with the already superb salsa. But if you just want a tasty chip to eat alone, the Chilipeno are really good. Little bit of spice and tang. A good zippy, light and crispy chip.

One more thing

And for all you gluten intolerant people out there, all their chips are Gluten Free.

One thing that I have noticed over time with Juanita’s is that you need to be careful when opening the bag if you do not plan on eating the whole thing in one sitting. For some reason the bag is fairly easy to tear the wrong way. Even when if you are eating the chips out an already opened bag, you need to be a little delicate with your entry and exit if you don’t want to tear the bag. It is fine before it is opened. It’s not like it just rips open when you pick it up in the store. It is just the top edge tears down once opened easily, so be aware.

When I have torn the bag (which I have done multiple times), I usually just put the remainder in a Rubbermaid (or Tupperware) container to retain freshness if the tear goes too low for a chip clip to cover. (side note- I use this technique for cereal too. I never seem to get through a box without it going stale, so the tupperware trick is a really helpful tip.)

Salsa Hecho in Pacific Northwest and Juanita’s Tortilla Chips Review In Summary

If you live in Oregon you should seek out this salsa. I guarantee you will want to buy a case of it once you taste it. It is super fresh! It doesn’t have fake ingredients or preservatives, so it doesn’t have a long shelf life, but it doesn’t matter, because it is nearly impossible not to eat the whole thing in one or two sittings. It is just too good to stop.

The perfect chip to go with this killer salsa is Juanita’s! If you don’t live around here, and you can’t get the salsa, at least you can get Juanita’s Tortilla Chips to go with whatever your current favorite salsas are. This light, perfectly salted, fresh tasting chip also goes great with bean dip or nacho cheese sauce, and makes a great base for your favorite nacho toppings.

I hope you have enjoyed this review and are as hungry for chips and salsa as I am right now! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please let me know. You can leave a comment below or on the contact form in the main menu above, and I will get back to you asap.

Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky- Jeepers Creaper Jerkyville U.S.A Review

Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky

Oh boy do I love getting presents! Recently my Mom, Aunt, and Grandma went on a road trip down to Monterey, CA, and being the thoughtful, wonderful people that they are, they brought me back a gift. It makes me feel so special that they think of me on their travels. And this time they surprised me with something I have never tried before…Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky from Jerkyville U.S.A!

This sounds like the best of both worlds! I love beef jerky, and of course, I really love spicy foods!

What is Jerkyville U.S.A?

Since I have never been to this heavenly sounding place called Jerkyville U.S.A., I thought I would read up on them a little, and share with you what I learned.

According to their website ( it seems this store started as a bit if variety store. Then in the early 2000’s a man who sold jerky roadside, across the street, asked if they would be interested in selling his jerky in their store. They decided to give it a try, and it was a huge hit.

Since it was doing so well, they have now expanded the jerky selection and make their own varieties of jerky. This includes several kinds of spicy beef jerky, some alcohol infused jerkys (sounds interesting), and a few different types of fish jerky. There are located in beautiful Monterey, CA.

The Taste Test

My family was very excited to give me this meaty treat. They actually made me take my first bite right there and then, in front of them all, so they could see if the heat would take me down. They love me : )

It was my first experience with anything claiming to contain Carolina Reapers, so I was a bit nervous. The Carolina Reaper is the reigning champion of all hot peppers, coming in at a whopping 2.2 million Scoville Units! There is no way I would be able to down one of these peppers without it being tamed down a bit. I mean, I love spicy foods, but I have my limits.

From past experiences with foods and sauces that claim to be extremely spicy, I know it could have gone either way with this jerky. Once in a while something lives up to its claims, but many times things just aren’t as spicy as they try to make them sound.Jeepers Creaper Beef Jerky

So, with my whole family watching, I took that first bite. It had some spice, but it wasn’t anywhere near the 2 million Scoville units proclaimed on the front of the bag. Granted I was a bit of a wimp and took a pretty small bite just in case. My family were all quite disappointed when I didn’t start to meltdown in front of them. Like I said, they love me.

Since I had survived that first bite, I thought I better go in for more to really check it out. So, for my second bite, I took a much bigger mouth full to really get the full effect. I happily realized the jerky did pack a much bigger punch with my second, and bigger dose.

I admit, I have eaten hotter things in my life, but this jerky did actually end up having a pretty good kick to it. And, as with a lot of spicy foods, if you keep eating it, the heat builds up in your mouth and on your lips until you feel a pretty good burn in the end.


Heat levels aside the jerky itself had a really good flavor. It was quite enjoyable. It is on the softer, wetter side of jerky, as opposed to some dryer and tougher varieties. I like both styles of jerky, depending what mood I am in. This actually really hit the spot and was quite enjoyable.

It has a little sweetness too it, which I don’t always care for, but it isn’t overly sweet. The flavor is really quite nice. The ingredients on the label include Beef, Teriyaki Sauce, Brown Sugar, Spices (which could be anything), Carolina Reaper Flakes, Carolina Reaper Powder, garlic, onion, and sodium nitrate.

I like that the ingredients are all things I can pronounce, which isn’t always the case with prepackaged jerky. Seems that Jerkyville U.S.A takes some pride in producing good quality, natural products.

Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky?

Although this jerky tastes good and does have some heat to eat, I do not feel like I had a true Carolina Reaper experience by any means. I should have been panting, sweating, and drooling for sometime after if I had actually gotten a good dose of the Hottest Pepper in the World.Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky

I am not accusing them of lying here, but I think if they are gonna post a heat index of 2 million Scoville on the front of the package, that it should have given me a pretty hardcore burn. As you can see in the photo I posted of the jerky, you can see actual pepper seeds on the jerky. Maybe the teriyaki and vinegar tamed the heat somehow.

Even though it didn’t burn my face off, it is one of the spicier beef jerkys I have eaten, and it did taste really good. Because of this, I would totally buy it again. (Well, buy it for the first time, since it was a gift) I am super glad I got to try it out, and it inspires me to try to make my own Hot Pepper Jerky. I am almost scared to make my own, because I know mine would actually be hot…yes, burn your face off hot.

Sounds, like I have given myself a challenge! I will work on it and share the results with you all for sure.

Over the years I have tasted many a jerky homemade by friends and acquaintances. Once or twice, I have encountered a truly spicy one. It has always made me want to try to make my own, but I have never just buckled down and done it. But working on this website for the past few months has really inspired me to try a lot of things on my spicy bucket list. So, keep coming back to check in and see what spicy adventures I have taken on!

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave me a comment below, or you can reach me through the contact form linked on the main menu at the top of the page.


Hot Sauce Gift Ideas- The Gift of Burning Love

Hot Sauce Gift Ideas

Updated: January 26, 2018

With the Holidays (or any other approaching occasion) right around the corner it is probably time to start thinking about what to get your loved ones. Since starting this site, I have done a lot of shopping and research of many different Hot Sauces from around the world. During these past few months I have come across a lot of companies that offer variety packs of their hot sauces. I thought I would take some time and pull some of them together in one place and offer you all some Hot Sauce Gift Ideas for the Hot Sauce Lover in your life, so that you can give them the gift of Burning Love!

In the past I have received quite a few hot sauce variety packs as gifts. Some are definitely better than others. I mean no offense to anyone who has ever bought me a ten pack of hot sauces for like 5 or 10 dollars (I really appreciate the thought!!), but with these there is often only like maybe one of the hot sauces that keeps me coming back for more.

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Hot Sauce Review- Uncle Dougie’s Habanero Gold Hot Sauce

Uncle Dougies Hot Sauce

Continuing on with my ultimate mission to find the perfect hot sauce for every meal, I recently came upon a brand of hot sauce I had never tried before. It is called Uncle Dougie’s Hot Sauce. I was really intrigued by their style and all natural ingredients. So, I decided to make a purchase and do a hot sauce review of Uncle Dougie’s Habanero Gold Hot Sauce.

Uncle Dougie’s


I thought I would do a little research about the Uncle Dougie’s company. I really enjoy knowing the history behind products and what inspired them…especially when it come to hot sauce. I learned that Uncle Dougie’s brand was started by Doug Tomek (Uncle Dougie) back in 1989 in rural Illinois.

According to their website (, their now extensive line of sauces, began with Doug Tomek’s desire to make a healthier version of buffalo wings. This led to the creation of his first sauce- Uncle Dougie’s Wicked Good No-Fry Wing Marinade.Buffalo Wings

The success of his first creation led to a brand that has now has award winning BBQ Sauces, Rubs, Bloody Mary Mixes, and of course Hot Sauces.

All Natural Ingredients

One thing that really makes Uncle Dougie’s Sauces stand out is the ingredients. As his biography reports, his original goal with his No-Fry Wing Sauce, was to create something delicious with all natural ingredients that was not as fattening as typical wing sauces. And to make a sauce that was so good that the wings didn’t need to be deep fried in oil to be filled with awesome flavor.

He went on this all natural, health conscience endeavor back in 1989, far before the popularity of that trend today. He wanted to make something yummy and healthy for his friends and family, and ended up coming up with something for the whole world to enjoy.

They are proud to say, to this day, that all of Uncle Dougie’s products are 100% all natural, with his “No Crap” guarantee.

Habanero Gold One-Hit Hot Sauce

My Choice

As you all know, I have tons of hot sauce in my collection at all times, and I am always adding new flavors, styles, and brands. I came across Uncle Dougie’s while visiting a health oriented grocery store in a town about an hour away from where I live.Hot Sauce Aisle

We were there for other reasons, but decided to drop in and check out this store’s hot sauce section, because I knew they carried a lot of items I don’t typically find. It is always exciting to walk down my favorite aisle in a store like that!

Seeing all those condiments lined up so perfectly. Imagining all the unexplored flavors that are in front of me, begging me to take them home and taste them. It is glorious indeed!

As many of you may know, hot sauces (and BBQ sauces, rubs, and marinades) can get quite pricey. Believe me, that is the only reason that I haven’t tasted every sauce that I have ever set eyes on. But since, I am not wealthy enough to spend hundreds of dollars at a time on condiments, I have to pick and choose which new flavor I would like to try.

Since this grocery adventure was unplanned, I decided just to get one new bottle of hot sauce. When you have 50+ potentially awesome hot sauces staring you in the face that you have never tried it is so amazingly hard to pick one to take home with you.

After perusing the choices and reading labels for about 20 or 30 minutes, I finally made my choice. I went with Uncle Dougie’s Habanero Gold One-Hit Hot Sauce.

Price and Flavor

There are a few reasons I ended up settling on this particular hot sauce for my purchase on that trip to the store. I had narrowed it down to three or four that sounded really interesting to me. But when it came down to it, I chose Uncle Dougie’s Habanero because of price and flavor profile.Uncle Dougies Hot Sauce

I was on a bit of a budget that day and wanted to try to keep my choice under $10, which can be hard to do in the hot sauce world. And often times, as with many things in this world, you get what you pay for. Don’t get me wrong, I have scored big time on some super cheap hot sauces, but for the most part, the higher priced varieties have been the most impressive.

Due to Uncle Dougie’s sauces being so reasonably priced in the 5 to 7 dollar range they jumped into the lead for my selection that day. Then I needed to decide which of their hot sauces I wanted to try first.

I have quite a few habanero hot sauces in my collection, but this one was different. Although it is called a Habanero Hot Sauce, I saw that on the label the first ingredient listed is Mustard. Which, I am sure, is what accounts for much of its yellow-orange color (plus habaneros are usually orange also).

Uncle Dougies Habanero GoldAt the time of this purchase I did not have any mustard base hot sauces, so I was intrigued and thought it would be a great addition to my hot sauce arsenal.

The full ingredient list includes: Mustard (Distilled Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, Turmeric, Paprika), Habanero Peppers (8%), Chipotle Peppers (2%), Garlic

That all the ingredients…Totally Natural and Simple. Sounds Great!

Taste Test

When I got home I was super excited to give my new sauce a try. Disappointingly, I must say, at first taste, I was a little put off by it for a couple reasons.

Because the bottle was completely full in the store (which is good of course), I was unable to accurately examine the consistency of the sauce. To my surprise it was much runnier than I had expected. It is thicker than water, but overall pretty liquid in comparison to most hot sauces.

I guess this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does make it hard to use in smaller quantities. Also, I often like to put a dollop of several hot sauces on my plate when I eat a meal, so that I can dip my bites into a few different hot sauces. That is hard to do if you have one hot sauce running all over your plate. But, I bought this sauce because it was different than many of my others, so it was just now unique in even one more way.

The other thing that was my favorite about this sauce was the overwhelming mustard flavor. Yes, I know, I bought a sauce that’s first listed ingredient is mustard. However, it is called Habanero Gold. I think “Mustard Habanero” would be a more accurate description.

In all honesty, I think the “habanero” could be dropped off the label all together. It is more like a mustard juice. Very little spice, if any at all. Which is bazaar. Eight percent habanero should make it plenty spicy for me, but the heat just seems to be missing.

What Foods it Tastes Best On

Some experimentation was in order to find the best way to highlight this “hot” sauce. I decided, due to its mustardy flavor, that it might be good on a hamburger. So, a few days later, I thought I would give this idea a go and make some hamburgers.Hamburger Patties

Inspired by In and Out’s animal style burger, I pattied up some hamburger and doused them with Uncle Dougie’s. Then I fried the burgers on our counter-top griddle. The burgers came out really delicious. If I didn’t know that I had used the hot sauce on them, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell it was on there, but no doubt ti added to these truly awesome burgers.

I don’t know that I would go out of my way to buy this sauce to make hamburgers, but if you happen to all ready have a bottle of Uncle Dougie’s Habanero Gold One-Hit Hot Sauce, I would definitely recommend using it in this way.

I have now also tried it on hot dogs and steak. I found it too runny for hot dogs (you could fry them in it like the burgers though), and it was way to much mustard flavor for a steak.

As I am typing this it dawned on me that it might be a great substitute for the mustard in a potato salad or deviled eggs. I will try that soon, and add my findings to this article later. Since potato salad and deviled eggs have a milder flavor than a typical burger, it may help the tiny bit of heat in the sauce stand out a little more.

Other Flavors

Uncle Dougie’s does offer several other flavors and styles of condiments that I would totally try. Even if the one I chose wasn’t my favorite, it doesn’t mean they aren’t hiding some other condiment that I would adore.

On their website they offer 2 other styles of hot sauce, including a Cayenne and a Chipotle variety. They also have 6 other sauces, including: Sriracha, an Asian inspired sauce, Ketchup, 2 kinds of BBQ sauce, and their original No-Fry Wing Sauce. And they have 3 kinds of dry rubs, and 3 varieties of Bloody Mary mix.

Hot Sauce Review…In Review

Although I wasn’t too impressed with this hot sauce, I did appreciate its unique style and natural ingredients. I would still love to try the other sauces the offer.

On their website the have some fun mix and match combo packs that are very reasonably priced. Sometime in the future I may buy one of these to give them another chance. I would especially like to try the Wing Sauce that gave the company its start.Hot Sauce Review

I always like to support companies that use all natural ingredients and that have humble beginnings. I also really appreciate the price point on their products. It will keep me coming back to give them another try.

All in all, I wouldn’t recommend the Uncle Dougie’s Habanero Gold One-Hit Hot Sauce. But I am glad I tried it. I always love to taste something new and check another hot sauce off my list in my endeavor to find the best hot sauces ever made.

Feel free to check out my Hot Sauce Shop, loaded with hot sauces that I do recommend. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, I would love to hear from you. Please free to leave me a comment below or through my contact form.


Best Grilled Steak Seasoning- Spicing it up!

Best Grilled Steak Seasoning

I haven’t shared a new recipe in a while, because I have really been focusing on different aspects of the health benefits of hot peppers lately. But I thought today it would be nice to get back to my roots for a minute and share with you the best grilled steak seasoning!

This is really my favorite seasoning that I use almost every time I grill steak. There are obviously a lot of other tasty ways to season steak, but I find this to be reliably awesome and super simple. Plus my secret ingredient really kicks it up a notch!

Measurements and Ingredients

I went ahead and shook out each of these seasonings onto a simulated steak to give you actual measurements. However, when I season them myself I just shake each ingredient directly onto the steak in this exact order.

My basic goal when seasoning is to make sure each item is sprinkled fairly evenly over each side of the steak. I do not cake the entire steak in seasoning, I just make sure there is enough of each ingredient to have consistent flavor with every bite.

I generally try to buy thicker steaks, and I always make sure to season the sides of the steaks also. You want every bite to be flavorful and delicious.Grilling Petite Sirloins

This recipe is for two good sized T-Bone/Porterhouse Steaks, or four smaller steaks, like petite sirloins. If you have really big steaks you may need to use a little more of each ingredient, but as I said you basically just want to sprinkle evenly on every side.

The pictures I am showing here are petite sirloins. They are about 4 inches wide and 7 or 8 inches long.

I, of course, prefer T-Bones or Porterhouses, but they don’t always fit into the budget. So, petite sirloins are usually my go-to for an inexpensive, yet decent steak. They seem to be on sale all the time, which works out great for me when I’m craving steak, but don’t want to shell out $40 for a couple T-Bones.

What you’ll need

  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick Steakhouse Onion Burger Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • Brother Bru Bru’s African Hot Pepper Sauce (Secret Ingredient)

Brother Bru Brus African Hot Pepper SauceIf you have never tried Brother Bru Bru’s, you are missing out. I don’t really ever use it as a hot sauce on cooked food, but it is awesome to put on before cooking.

It doesn’t have a lot of flavor when you taste it out of the bottle. But for some reason when you shake some on a steak and grill it up, it is to die for!

The Bru Bru sauce is kind of hard to shake out of the bottle. The way I apply it to the steak is by giving a good hard shake about 5 or 6 times onto the steak. Make sure to spread the shakes out so each drop or two is in a different area. Then I just kind of pat it down and smear it around just a little, so as not to disturb the seasoning too much.

Grill It Up

Now you can just slap those babies over some hot coals (lump charcoal is the best). Cook them about 5-7 minutes on each side. Make sure not to burn them. I love a little bit of char on mine, but you don’t want it burnt. So keep an eye on them. I like to flip my meat a lot, even though a lot of experts say not to.How to Tell When Your Steak Is Done

I am a real hands on cook. I always make sure to leave them alone for at least 2 or 3 minutes before I start messing with them, because otherwise you will end up losing your seasoning on the grill, on the tongs, and in the fire. Just make sure not to walk away or turn your back too long, a big flare up can happen in no time at all.

It can be truly a tragedy to overcook a steak. So keep an eye on it. And remember the rule of thumb. If you open your hand fully and push on the pad of your hand below your thumb that is how the meat should feel when it is perfect medium rare.

Every time I make steak this way and take the first bite, it’s like the first time all over again. I start Ooo-ing and Ahh-ing about how delicious it is…so juicy and spicy and flavorful! Man, that’s some good stuff! I am making myself hungry.

Where to Find the Best Grilled Steak Seasoning Secret Sauce

I first discovered the Brother Bru Bru’s African Pepper Hot Sauce (the original) a few years back at a local organic grocery store.

It is an all natural, salt free, and gluten free hot sauce. Good Stuff!

Grilled Steak RecipeFor the longest time I could only find it at that one store. About a year or so ago though, I realized that that favorite little store of mine was sort of propagating a fraud. One day I was looking for a particular vegetable that I could not find, and in my asking the produce guy some question I came to find out that most of their vegetables were not organic.

Which would be fine if they weren’t totally touting themselves as a kind of hippie, all natural, farmers market type place. I have been shopping there for nearly 20 years, the whole time believing I was getting safe and healthy vegetables…needless to say I was not happy to find out this information.

I almost felt like picketing outside, because I know the other shoppers think the same thing I did. But I am not really the picketing type, So I just don’t go there anymore unless I need some rare spice from their bulk spice area that no one else carries.Best Grilled Steak Seasoning

So, the point of all this is, I was very happy to find out that Brother Bru Bru’s is available online at Amazon, so I don’t have to go back to that store as often. I have it listed on my Hot Sauce Shop page. Feel free to check it out there.

You should definitely give this recipe a try and without a doubt get yourself a bottle of the awesome Bru Bru sauce!

Even if you aren’t cooking steak, a few drops of the Bru Bru Hot Sauce is also great for adding a little spice to a vegetable stir fry, a roast, even a hamburger patty. The possibilities really are endless.

In all my years of hot sauce love, I have never found any other hot sauce that works so great as a raw ingredient as the Brother Bru Bru sauce does. I hope you are able to get some and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please let me know by leaving comment below. See you next time!



Hot Sauce Reviews- Three Hot Sauces

Hot Sauce Reviews

Hello all you hot sauce lovers! I recently added three “new to me” hot sauces to my collection. I thought this would be a great time to add some hot sauce reviews to the list.

In a recent trip to our local dollar store I noticed they had a couple hot sauces available that I wasn’t sure if I had ever actually tried. I know they are pretty common brands, but if I have ever tried them before I don’t remember if I liked them.

So, I thought, what the heck, you just can’t beat $1 for a bottle of hot sauce. With that said, I went ahead and purchased a bottle of Texas Pete Original Hot Sauce and a bottle of Louisiana The Perfect Hot Sauce (that’s what it says on the label).

The third hot sauce I will be discussing today is El Yucateco Black Label Reserve. I was very excited to buy this hot sauce. I love the Green and Red El Yucateco Habanero Hot Sauces, so had very high hopes for the Black Label.

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Top Ten Hottest Chili Peppers- And Hot Sauces That Utilize Them Best

Top Ten Hottest Peppers

Here we go! Let’s count down the Top Ten Hottest Chili Peppers, but let’s not stop there. I will also be including the best hot sauces that actually contain each pepper, along with other interesting facts. Hope you are as excited as I am!

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Hot Sauce Reviews- 4 of My Favorites

Hot Sauces

Today I am going to try something a little different than what I have been doing up till now. I am going to do hot sauce reviews on four of the best hot sauces I currently own and love on a regular basis.

The Chosen Four

The hot sauces I chose for today’s reviews are Melinda’s Habanero Hot Sauce, El Yucateco Hot Sauce, La Anita Hot Sauce, and Marie Sharp’s Habanero Pepper Sauce.

These are all on the list on my home page of my personal (in stock) hot sauces. I have had several requests for a breakdown and information on how to find the hot sauces on my list. So, today, I will start chipping away at that list and hopefully give the people what they want.

My Method

It was suggested to me by someone (you know who you are), that I try using some basic staple food items with each sauce and compare them based on how they taste and pair with each of those items. I thought it sounded like a great idea, so here goes…

The Constants- Food Items

After digging around in my kitchen, these are the items I came up with:In The Fridge

  1. Juanita’s Tortilla Chips (These are the best tortilla chips ever!)
  2. Leftover Steak (from grilling two nights ago)
  3. Mashed Potatoes (also leftovers- I heated them up)
  4. Totino’s Pizza Rolls (I know, but I’m trying here)
  5. Ranch Bacon Pasta (also leftover- this is a cold dish)

Obviously this isn’t the best 5 items in the world, but it does give a good sample base for a variety of items that I would normally eat some kind of hot sauce on. (I would also like to add, I will be doing very small bites of each of these. Please try not to focus on the strange meal I have concocted here, just the results)

The Variables- The Hot Sauces (as mentioned above)

  1. El Yucateco Chile Habanero Hot Sauce (The green one- there is red one with the same name)
  2. La Anita X hot Grilled Pepper Sauce
  3. Marie Sharp’s Habanero Pepper Sauce
  4. Melinda’s Original Habanero Hot Sauce

Ok, I’m off to do my experiment! I’ll be back…

The Results

Well, I’m back. That took a while. In retrospect I would make a few alterations to the experiment.

For one thing, a couple of these hot sauces are fairly spicy, and after a few bites it gets hard to really taste the differences in sauces when the heat from the last one is still lingering. (Just to clarify for all those people who think hot sauce makes us not be able to taste our food- I could still taste the food, but it gets difficult to taste subtle differences in heat and hot sauce flavors)Oops

Second mistake I made- too much food! I started getting a stomach ache on the second round, with three more rounds to go! I think I need to either do less hot sauce options, (which would mean less bites total) or less variety with the food, but I think that was actually good.

Lesson learned- Back to The Results

I realized as I began the experiment I needed to decide to either a) try each hot sauce on the same food item- telling me which hot sauce goes best on the item at hand. Or b) try one sauce on all of the items- telling me which item that sauce goes best on. I chose to do option “a” for this trial run.

Item #1- Tortilla Chips

  • El Yucateco- It is nice and spicy, but I didn’t really care for it on the chip
  • La Anita- This has smokey flavor that can be delicious, but it didn’t seem right on this chip
  • Marie Sharp’s-This was the winner in the chip category for me, has a little bite and a great flavor
  • Melinda’s- This was also good here, it was light and tangy, not really any heat though

Item #2- Steak

  • El Yucateco- This sauce has a pretty bold (and spicy) flavor that did not mesh well with the steak
  • La Anita- This has actually became one of my go-to hot sauces for red meat, smokey and spicy! Nice!
  • Marie Sharp’s- This did not go well with the steak to me (but I do like it on tacos!)
  • Melinda’s- This was just too mild in flavor or spice to stand out on the steak, it’s a no go here

Item #3- Mashed Potatoes

  • El Yucateco- Again, the strong flavor of this hot sauce just didn’t jive with the mashed potatoes
  • La Anita- This was the winner for me in this category…it really is a good tasting hot sauce!
  • Marie Sharp’s- This one again, just didn’t seem right here
  • Melinda’s- Too weak…couldn’t even tell it was on there (but I do like this on other things)

Item #4- Totino’s Pizza Rolls

  • El Yucateco- This just tasted down right weirdTabasco
  • La Anita- Not right at all
  • Marie Sharp’s- Nope
  • Melinda’s- No good
  • Tabasco!–Still the reigning pizza roll (and hot pocket) Champion of the World!

Item #5- Ranch Bacon Pasta

  • El Yucateco- I must say at this point in the experiment nothing was tasting right to me…all the sauces were a fail on the pasta. I will have to include the pasta salad (and probably my recipe too) on an upcoming review. Sorry about that folks, bit off more than I could chew here- literally.

The Winners!

  • Juanita’s Tortilla Chips- Marie Sharp’s
  • Leftover Steak- La Anita
  • Mashed Potatoes- La Anita
  • Totino’s Pizza Rolls- Tabasco (still on the hunt for something as good or better)
  • Ranch Bacon Pasta- Everybody loses


In case you would like to try these hot sauces for yourself (they really are all good with the right meal) click here to go to my hot sauce shop page where you can read more about or buy any hot sauce you choose. Some of the brands have other flavors too, some I have tried, and some I have not yet.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below! I would be happy to hear from you, and I will get back to you asap!