Today I would like to do a review of another product that is made locally, here in Oregon. A few years ago I was up in Portland at the Saturday Market and I sampled some Secret Aardvark hot sauces at a booth there. I was very smitten with one of their flavors, but was running low on cash that weekend and was unable to buy it. Ever since then I have been in search of that delicious hot sauce I tasted on that beautiful day.
For the life of me, I can’t remember which Secret Aardvark sauce it was that I fell in love with. So, whenever I see them around I always check it out looking for that one fateful sauce. The other day I came across one that I thought might be the elusive bottle I have been searching for….and so today I share with you my Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce Review.
While writing this, I decided I should check out their website (secretaardvark.com) to see how many flavors they actually have…I am thinking now I should have done this years ago. Could have saved myself a lot of trouble. Sometimes my intelligence just amazes me…
Anyways, come to find out, they only have 3 options, plus a new 4th one that is a Spicy Mayo. This changes everything. The three flavors are (one of which has to be the one I loved that day in Portland I would think) Drunken Garlic Black Bean Sauce (Not it), Drunken Jerk, and the Habanero Hot Sauce (reviewing today).
I honestly thought they had like at least 8 different kinds. Crazy what a little research can do, that is if you can call typing 2 words into Google doing research. So, with this new information I realize my search for this wonder sauce should end pretty quickly.
Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce
In case you have guessed by now, this is not the sauce I have been longing for. I suppose there is a possibility that my taste buds have totally changed and I now dislike what I once loved. But it was only like 4 years ago, and I am pretty sure this hot sauce wouldn’t have evoked the awesomeness I recall having experienced that one glorious day.
I am not saying this hot sauce is bad, but I would say it isn’t my cup of tea. It basically just tastes like a spicy tomato sauce. Like spicy pizza sauce sorta, which I don’t particularly care for. Strangely, although I love everything spicy, I have found I do not care for spicy tomato sauces, i.e. spicy spaghetti sauce, or pizza sauce. But I do think adding crushed red pepper or hot peppers to a finished dish is great. Something about cooking the sauce with something spicy gives it a strange funk in my book. Maybe it’s because I am Sicilian and grew up eating my Grandma’s food. I don’t know, I just don’t like it.
One thing that I guess you could call an exception to my spicy tomato rule is Bloody Marys. But it isn’t really an exception, because Bloody Marys aren’t cooked. I haven’t yet tried the Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce in a Bloody Mary, but I suspect it might be really great.
Update: April 9, 2018
Spicy Cocktail Sauce
I wanted to check back in here and let you all know I found something that I really like the Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce on! Turns out it is a great substitute for cocktail sauce. I have used it a couple times now as a dip for little fried popcorn shrimp, and it is fabulous. Cocktail sauce with a kick. I highly recommend giving this sauce a try in this capacity. I actually love it enough, as a shrimp dip, that I will be buying it again when I run out…
The Search Continues
Since I now know there are only three Secret Aardvark hot sauces, it is pretty clear what I must do. Buy the other two, I am fairly positive the one I have been longingly searching for is not the Drunken Garlic Black Bean Sauce. I am pretty sure I have tried this one at a diner here that has a bunch of hot sauces for people to try, but I can’t really recall. It sounds good anyway, so I will give it a go.
That only leaves the Drunken Jerk, which doesn’t sound like what I remember either, but there is only one way to find out. I am wondering if they have, or had other flavor options at the Saturday Market than they sell on their website. Maybe they use the stand to try out new flavors on people. I mean it was in their city of birth.
Before I write to them to find out if that is true I will go ahead and try the other two hot sauces officially. I will be doing this asap. Once I have them in my hands I will report back to you all with the results promptly. Wish me luck!
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