Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Devil’s Duel – The bottle’s too small for this American gold

by Patrick Garratt on September 29, 2011 · 0 comments

in Bar-B-Que, Product Reviews

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Devils Duel

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Devils Duel

Of all the sauces I received in my box from Hot Juan a few weeks ago for review, this is my favourite. It’s a Habanero-based effort from the US with a heavy vinegar note being the primary smell off the top of the bottle.

Whatever’s been used for vinegar, however, has a mellow flavour, with any bitterness removed. Well-placed celery and lime pull together with the Habaneros and vinegar to give a deeply savoury effect.

All the flavours and aromas are distinct, including the Habanero.

Ingredients: Water, Mustard (Mustard flour, Vinegar, Salt), Vinegar, Habanero peppers, Sugar, Garlic, Onion, Xanthan Gum (natural food fibre), Green bell pepper, Celery, Caramel colour, Lime juice, Spice extractives.

Bottle kindly provided by Hot-Headz

Mayonnaise-based salads – pasta, coleslaw, etc – love it, and I’ve found myself specifically making them just so I can eat more sauce. A good sign (unless you’re my belt).

As for heat, there’s just enough. It’s a straight-up hab burn on the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue. I’m guessing decent stock was used; the flavour’s unmistakable. As there’s no additive aside from the chillis themselves and the main ingredients are water, mustard and vinegar, the heat vanishes quickly in the main then lingers in the throat. The lower level of hotness means it’s perfect for everyday use.

The consistency’s thin and it’s easy to pour. A caramel colouring’s been used to make it browner, and you can see the pieces of chilli if you squint.

You’ll get a 148ml bottle for £3.99. The packaging features a T-Rex stabbing Satan, so it’s difficult to fault. Dinosaurs make everything better. You can purchase this sauce from Hot-Headz

The icing on the cake is a refusal to use anything artificial. For a “commercial” hot sauce this is pretty much brilliant.

My only real complaint is that I had the last spoonful as a reminder to write this review.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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