Habanero

Great British Sauce Co Hot and Sweet Chilli SauceThis review is for a hot sweet chilli sauce made by the Great British Sauce Co. I’ll admit that I wasn’t looking forward to this review having low expectations. You can buy a the old faithful litre of standard Chinese sweet chilli sauce at any supermarket and get it even cheaper at an Asian supermarket if you are lucky enough to have one nearby. However the Great British Sauce Co’s Hot and Sweet Chilli Sauce has been sent to me and as this is British product I couldn’t turn it down. Their website states “In our kitchen we are inspired to create products that celebrate our British cosmopolitan culture and we promise that we will always make them here in Britain” I can almost hear the national anthem playing in the background.

The label is welcoming and looks to me how a product of its type or a ketchup should look. Something I always do is check the range out to see if the labels match and I am please to see that the marketing flows through their range in a stylish way. But it’s not just about how pretty or clever the label is will the sauce be worth the packaging? On the bottle you will also find:

“At the Great British Sauce Company we’re passionate about creating delicious, properly made sauces and condiments. All our sauces are packed with
flavour and use the best ingredients we can find. Our Hot & Sweet Chilli Sauce carefully blends fruity sweetness with a serious chilli bite. Great in stir-fries, as a table sauce, marinade or dip”

Ingredients: Sugar, water, plum puree 12%, modified maize starch, salt, red pepper flakes, Habanero chillies 1%, concentrated lemon juice, garlic, citric acid, thickener: cellulose gum. May contain traces of wheat flour, soya, mustard or celery.

The sauce itself is clearly sticky and it smells sweet as you would expect, but different to the basic sweet chilli sauce this one has some hidden gems another aroma stands out and hints of the chilli hiding inside. The heat level is quite respectable too almost catching you by surprise. You get both an instant hit with this, one at the same time as the pleasurable fruity notes the Habanero brings to sauces, then a nice building burn to keep you interested. So far I have used the sauce as a dipping for dim sum style fried starters, as a basic sauce to pimp my burger and to make a basic frittata meal come to life. I have not yet tried as a stir fry sauce but you just know this sauce would work to perfection. Perhaps the British can teach the Chinese a thing or to you can even Visit the GB kitchen for more seasonal recipe ideas.

You can tell from the attention to detail that the co-founder Andrew puts his heart and soul into this sauce, and the others in his range, aspiring to have each bottle tasting as good as the original homemade version.

Having finished writing the review the final task was to look up the price, I was expecting a premium of around £3.99 – £5.99 with this product. However much to my delight when I was pondering ‘no matter how nice the product is I probably would still stick to the Chinese sweet chilli sauce’….. The price per bottle is a mere £2.00. So it’s tasty, spicy, British and reasonably priced. Would I but it again? YES.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(4/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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Jack Daniel's Barbecue SaucesToday we have two sauces from Jack Daniel’s both are Barbecue sauces, both look very similar, I have a couple of question when we get products like this in for review.

  • Are they any good…
  • What is the difference between them

The first one we are going to try is:-

Jack Daniel’s Hot Pepper Sauce

On popping open the bottle the initial smell is a slightly sweet vinegar mixed with tomatoes and I think I can smell the tamarind, but that soon makes way for a more fruity smell. The sauce is thick, thicker that tomato sauce and slower to pour from the bottle.

First taste is a type of sweet and sour feeling that makes way for the heat from the chilli, then in the background there is the hints of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey giving a little dryness to the back of the throat. A second spoonful and I can taste the fruit and tomatoes. Not bad, a much more complicated taste that I expected.

Ingredients: Water, Brown Sugar, White Wine Vinegar,Tomato Paste, Dextrose, Concentrated Orange Juice, Salt, Molasses, Dates, Mango Puree, Modified Maize starch, Chilli Powder, Colour (Ammonia Caramel), Jack Daniel’s Tennessae Whiskey (1%), Onion Puree, Maize starch, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Concentrated Tamarind Extract, Red Chillies, Ground Ginger, Preservative (potassium Sorbate), Sprit Vinegar.

I am quite enjoying this sauce, it is sweet and sticky as I would expect from this type of BBQ sauce, but with a more grown up flavour..

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(1.5/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(7/10)

Now for the second sauce, will this be just a copy of the first with just a little extra heat from the now named chilli variety.

Jack Daniel’s Extra Hot Habanero BBQ Sauce

The smell is completely different, much more earthy and dark. I am not getting the sweet vinegar as I did from the first one. Lie the first this is thick sauce that seems to take ages to pour. First taste is not as instantly sweet, much dryer. There is not a lot more heat, but this one is making my mouth water (May have to have ribs later).

No where as sweet, and even a little bit more grown up than the first, once I have swallowed, I can taste the some residual flavour from the lemon and the whiskey. Of the two this is the one for the ribs and the bbq’d beef, while the first was much more what I expected for chicken and burgers.

Ingredients: Water, Dextrose, Tomato Paste, Concentrated Raisin Juice, White Wine Vinegar, Concentrated Orange Juice, Salt, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Onion Puree, Habanero Chilli Powder (1%), Jack Daniel’s Tennessae Whiskey (1%), Modified Maize starch, Colour (Ammonia Caramel), Dates, Flavouring, Concentrated Tamarind Extract, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Preservative (potassium Sorbate), Chilli Powder.

I am a little surprised how much I enjoyed these, neither are hot sauces in the terms of chilli sauces, but they are much much better than the standard fare BBQ sauces you are offered at this price range.

Flavour
(7.5/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

Did I forget to mention this are about £1.99 for a 260g bottle and are available in most major supermarkets. Given a choice of supermarket sauces, I would put both of these in my basket, they may not be quite up the of the artisan products we normally try, or what I can make given a few hours in the kitchen but at only £1.99 they are a bargain

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So you may be thinking that having a Lucha Libre mask on a bottle is a bit of a gimmick.  After all, we see a lot of sauces that claim to be ‘Traditional Mexican’ sauces but are made far, far away, and the only traditional thing about them are perhaps one or two ingredients that are now grown in the UK.  Let me quash those thoughts like a Luchador would Camel Clutch his opponents into sumbission!

Rolando Cardenas, the man behind the sauces, learned all the family secrets and flavours as a boy.  Developing them onwards to the sauces you see today.  Not only are the flavours and recipies traditional, the wrestling is real.  I’m lucky to have met the KanKun Luchador previously and we wrestle in similar circles!

Ingredients:
Habanero Chilli (85%), White Vinegar, Water, Salt, Xanthan Gum.
Gluten Free, Nut Free (Including factory), Suitable for Vegetarians.

This 150ml bottle has a very professional glossy label.  Pale background with red and black text.  A yellow lucha mask sits on the front with a little yellow ‘Extra hot’ warning above the text.  The sauce inside is a beautiful peachy red and looks relatively viscous, filled with small pieces of flesh and seed.  It has that unmistakable Habanero scent, which is warning enough that this sauce means business.  A little whiff of vinegar, but the Habanero is the real deal.

This sauce comes with a dropper lid, and for good reason!  Only a few drops on the tongue sends an instant signal to your saliva glands for them to start producing more juice.  The irresistable smokey Habanero flavour fills your mouth with a warm sensation.  The tip of your tongue, the inside of your lips and the roof of your mouth start to feel like they’re glowing.  There is no taste of vinegar, none.  Just the full flavour of the chilli and a little saltiness.  

I think Habaneros are under appreciated in sauces, but this sauce truly gives you all the raw flavour of this chilli without any other complex ingredients.  The guys at KanKun suggest this sauce on grilled beef, chicken and fish.  I can personally see this with a nice smokey grilled fish.The bottle also says ‘The range of uses for KanKun Habanero Sauce is greater than the number of threads of Pancho Villa’s Poncho!’  I agree.This sauce, with it being a single flavour sauce can be used in so many ways.Give it a try as an additive in your curry or chilli.  If you’re new to hot sauces and don’t have much of a tolerance for heat you can use just a couple of drops in your cooking to raise the heat level fractionally and add a new dimension to your cooking. 

The KanKun Habanero Sauce is available from Hotheads, Amazon and MexGrocer all for the astonishing price of £2.99.  BARGAIN!

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

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Happy Easter Chilli Padawanz!!…no wait..that’s not right is it? Give me a hint?…NO I have it!!, let me try again…*ahem* HAPPY HALLOWEEN CHILLI PADAW…*what?* OH…that’s not right either? Hmm, okay gimme a minute it’ll come to me! Anyway, seasons misgivings aside, I am here to bring you the latest of my video reviews! And this one is the last in a FANTASTIC box set (which itself would be a GREAT xmas prezzy for a chillihead!) released by The Wiltshire Chilli Farm. Jamie’s fantastic and unique “Voodoo Box Set” is finished off beautifully with this Peach Habanero sauce, and a cracking price you can’t go far wrong!

Jamie’s box sets tend to be high in chilli content, so that you can really get a taste for the fiery fruit, and this “Peach Habanero” sauce is no different, 50% of the bottle is pure chilli, the rest is a blend of awesomeness and secret spices that make this sauce a absolute belter! The bottle itself (like the rest of the range) features a cracking little voodoo doll emblazoned across a high quality glossy label, which also has the name of the sauce, and of course the producers name too, heck we wouldn’t know who’d made it otherwise.

Ingredients:

Peach habanero 50%, cider vinegar, sugar, peach, salt, spices.

The sauce its self is a sort of yellowy almost pale orange colour, with seeds, flesh and other coloured flecks in it, which I can only assume is the “spices”, it’s at this point I would usually go into a long drawn out paragraph about how this sauce tastes..but HURRAH for modern technology, here is a video! (I am ably assisted by my friend Dawn in this one)

So there you have it! A very tasty, peppery sauce, thats mighty hot to boot, and for me it was an INSTANT heat, as you saw in the vid, it hit me pretty hard, but Dawn just took it in her stride, fair play to her because it messed me up! The “voodoo Sauce box set” can be bought from Jamies online store  for  £20 (yes, the price has gone up since the video, due to limited stocks left), thats three sauces in a *beautiful* presentation box with embossed logo, as I said before, an ideal xmas gift for any chillihead… and as of writing this I am told there are only about 40 box sets left and they are selling FAST!! So get on it Padawanz if you don’t want to be left in the dust!

Anyway, another review reaches its conclusion and its time for me to head back into my mancave and cook up another review, so until next time my chilli padawanz, may the sauce be with you….always!

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

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