Chipotle

I admit it, I’ve become a bit snobbish when it comes to hot sauces, thinking only artisan producers make a worthy product and all major food makers cant put a decent sauce together because of all the focus groups and marketing bods muddying the waters, and why do they even bother because there’s no chilli in the things anyway!

So when my first package of sauces arrived from Chilefoundry for review I was surprised and sceptical at the inclusion of a bottle of Heinz ketchup! But in my defence Heinz hasn’t had the best of records when it comes to “hot” sauces, being more bottles of vinegar with a hint of something in the background.
HEINZ Firecracker Sauce

Like a true soldier and wanting to do my best for the site, I put my prejudice aside and cracked open the bottle, first appearances are that its just the same old tomato sauce we all grew up with, the bottle is the same and features the iconic Heinz label shape that’s on upside-down so that you keep it stored standing on the cap, its has the effect of having reluctant sauce hanging on to the base of the bottle, also the cap has one of those little diaphragms that are supposed to reduce spills but actually causes the contents to shoot out with the force of a solid fuel rocket booster from a Saturn 5!

Squirting some of the sauce on my silver spoon I got when I was in catering college, I do the usual reviewer thing of first sniffing the bottle and the spoonful to see what subtle notes I can pick up to indicate the flavours locked within. The initial hit is just as I’d feared, spirit vinegar! some people like a strong vinegar taste and I’m OK with it as long as its actually got a flavour like white wine or cider vinegar does, spirit vinegar is too harsh but is common because its cheap, and big brands are all about making things as cheaply as possible! Hiding behind that though is a sweet tomato and herby hint.

Ingredients: Spirit Vinegar, Water, Concentrated Tomato Puree (17%) Sugar, Date Purée, Chipotle Paste (5%, Tomato Purée, Smoked Jalapeño Peppers, Water, Onion, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Peppers, Salt, Garlic, Spices, Parsley, Spice extract) Modified Cornflour, Salt, Concentrated apple juice, Chilli powder, Smoke flavouring, Spice, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) Spice Extract.

Taste wise again i wasn’t expecting more than a ketchup with no actual chilli heat and a completely over exaggerated label design, but Im pleasantly surprised by the smoky kick and lingering tongue burn offered by the chipotle chilli, its not the main flavour (that going to the highly processed tomato) but does give a twist to your bog standard ketchup.This would be a good addition to your Tuesday night tea of burger and chips or as the Heinz website suggests pizza or hotdogs, Ive added the sauce to my beef chilli as I think the sweetness and chipotle would give a nice balance to a family friendly evening meal.

As I mentioned above the 220ml bottle is that of the usual Heinz design but the label emphasizes the 57 logo and this sauce is part of a range of 10 “signature” sauces comprising of a Garlic, Burger, Flamin’ Cajun, Mint, Tartare, Horseradish, Blue cheese, Cocktail, Caesar and a mustard sauce along with the Firecracker.

So, has this sauce swayed me back to the land of supermarket big brand sauce? simply, no, its a cheap n cheerful addition to your fridge only costing around £1.20 but with the dedication and inventiveness of our beloved artisan producers there are far better sauces out there that mass production cannot match, its worthwhile getting some if you’re throwing a BBQ and have kids and chilli virgins around that may want to play with a safely controlled fire.

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(3/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)



Editor Note:- James also produced a live feed of his review, which is now below and also on his YouTube Channel.

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Hi Chilli Padawans!! Well, bugger me this review has been a long time coming…after about 6 months of down time I am finally back on the horse, covered in chilli sauce and whistling dixie! (well, everything except those last couple of things!) And this is a *cracking* sauce to do a comeback with too!

This sauce is made by the Powers family of mexican/american-british descent on the Isle of Wight using a recipe that originated in California that was handed down through the generations until it reached the current producers of the sauce, where it has evolved into a blend of the finest ingredients and including fruits and chillis to make the sauce that I’m reviewing today!

Ingredients:Tomatoes, Onion, Mango, Vinegar, Mango, Habanero peppers, Chipotle, Garlic, Lime, Cilantro (coriander), Agave nectar, Salt, Spices.

So, if you all know me well enough, you know that I LOVE chipotle sauces, in fact I don’t think i’ve tasted a bad one yet… (aside from cottage delight, that stuff was rank) and as such, I doubt I’m going to dislike this either! But lets have the sauce do the talking!!

Its in a beautiful skull shaped bottle proudly adorning a label on the back of its head that simply reads “Bloody Hell Hotsauce” the main label is attached to the neck of the bottle by string, which itself has the logo wrapped round it also, so you’ll be hard pushed to forget the name of this sauce!

Right, I’m waffling on, lets get down to the nitty gritty eh padawans?

And there you have it, for £13 delivered this is an absolute STEAL, especially considering the sauce itself is bloody gorgeous *and* you get 400ml of it!! You couldn’t find a bargain like that anywhere, I urge all of you to get a bottle of this and post your own thoughts in the comments below, I personally found it lush, so get yourselves over to www.bloodyhellhotsauce.com and get a bottle bought!!

Right, thats it for this week my Chilli Padawans, keep your eyes open next week for another review, and until then…may the sauce be with you, always!!

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(10/10)
Value (11/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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This is the first time we have reviewed a sauce from the Devon Chilliman, you may have seen Cliff and Hayley at some of the chilli festivals as they run one of the best looking mobile chilli food trailers in the business.

Today sauce is called Gibbering Smoke, it get its name from a Habanero cross from Matt Simpson at Simpsons Seeds called Gibbering Idiot and the Smoke coming from the locally grown and smoked Chipotles.

Devon Chilliman - Gibbering SmokeOn opening the bottle the first smell is a combination of the Chipotles and the balsamic with the cider vinegar, this soon makes way to a sweeter smell as the vinegar dissipates. The aroma is very inviting so it is quickly out with the tasking spoon.

For me the first flavour is a combination of the sweet balsamic, this makes it way for the warmth from the Gibbering Idiot (I can see why it is so named) then as this calms down I can taste the chipotles and the apples, it is a very pleasant sensation and it rolls around my mouth.

A teaspoon may have been a bit much this early in the day, it is just after 9am in the morning and a sauce review always get the day started well, but now the top of my tongue and the back of the throat are feeling the afterburn, there is nothing for it but another spoonful.

Ingredients: Water, balsamic vinegar, chipotle chilli, white onion, cider vinegar, apple, light muscavado, chilli (Gibbering Idiot), salt, various spices.

Bottle kindly supplied by the Devon Chilliman

Don’t think of this as a sweet sauce, while I can taste the sweetness of the Ingredients this sauce is not sticky sweet, it is very much a big bang savoury flavour, if I was going to pair this it would be great with a bacon sandwich or a pulled pork roll.

This is a very good sauce, but it won’t last long in our kitchen. I cannot wait to try some more of Cliff’s product in the future, this is a very good start for the first product I have tasted.

On the label you will see that this sauce was made by the Wiltshire Chilli Farm for the Devon Chilliman using Chillies grown by the Devon Chilliman, I have visited the production side of the Wiltshire Chilli Farm and you could not want a more organised partner to work with.

You can order the sauce direct from the Devon Chilliman web site, it may seem expensive at £8.00 per bottle but that include delivery, if you purchase more of any one items it gets a lot cheaper per bottle, but unfortunately the shopping basket does not combine items so a mixed basket can seem expensive.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(8/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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Here at ChileFoundry HQ we have been playing with Pulled Pork recipes, I have tried some commercial packaged kits from super markets will very little success, they tend to end us a a bit of roast pork that you need muscles of iron to pull.
M&S Pulled Pork Paste

So after a few attempts we have got a process that works very well using our Panasonic combination oven. First select a shoulder of pork with the bone in, place this in a roasting disk and rub in some a mixture of paprika and brown sugar all over, then cover the roasting dish with some foil and place in the oven, setting the timers for 18 hours at 100°C.

18 hours later you can remove the skin, normally it falls off, then using two forks pull the pork apart and serve with some good quality BBQ sauce and coleslaw.

Then we got a jar of the Pulled Pork Recipe Paste from M&S, this has its own recipe, which we have found it best ignored so instead of using my simple rub, we used 3 tsp of the paste to cover the pork shoulder, opening the jar there is a smell that is of rich roasted tomatoes, garlic and smoked chillies.

Ingredients: Chopped Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Vinegar, Rapeseed Oil, Slow Roasted Tomatoes (8%) (Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Wine Vinegar, Roasemary, Marjoram. Oregano), Oak Smoked Tomato Puree (7%), Muscovado Sugar, Water, Maple Syrup, Red Peppers, garlic Puree, Smoke Paprika, American Style Mustard (3%) (Water, Vinegar, Yellow Mustard Flour, Ground Turmeric, Sea Salt, Yellow Mustard Bran, Mustard Flour, Brown Mustard Flour, Ground Paprika, Dried Garlic), Black Treacle, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Salt, Cornflour, Oregano, Chipoyle Chilli Powder.

After 18 hours at 100°C we did as normal and ended up with nice pile of pork, into which we stirred the remaining paste, the smell almost makes it impossible not to nibble you way through the pork at this point, and once served to the family there was not much left. No need to add BBQ sauce this paste adds all the flavour you need to compliment the pork.

We are all very impressed, M&S has a real winner in the flavour of this paste.

I am not sure I will use the recipe from the jar as they cook the pork at 180°C for an hour and then 150°C for another 4-5 hours and then finally removing the skin and them adding 1/2 the jar over the pork and returning to the oven for another 45-60 minutes. While this may work, we have found the low slow method works without fail.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(1.5/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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