I don't know how I've gone this long without sharing a single hot sauce recipe. So I guess I should show you a recipe for a tomato and Fresno pepper based concoction. It's the kind of sauce that you can really lay onto your food so it won't last long which is why I've given you a recipe that will make about three bottles. It's a little tart and quite a bit spicier than Tabasco sauce. There is enough tomato in it to sweeten it and thicken it up but not enough to make it taste like it belongs on pasta.
A simple reduction of balsamic vinegar. Reducing concentrates the flavor and brings out the sweetness of the vinegar. A classic sauce for steaks and vegetables but it even works well with fruit. It's quite popular when paired with strawberries.
Dave's Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
So hot it's spooky
I had the pleasure of tasting Dave's Gourmet Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce today. This hot sauce is made with the famed and acclaimed Bhut Jolokia pepper. A pin sized drop of this hot sauce on the tine of a fork lit me up so there was only one thing I could do - I needed to put a few more drops on my tacos. Was I possessed? Did it haunt my tacos ? I'm not entirely sure but it made me think that I might need to use a ten star rating system for the heat in these reviews.
Upon reading the label I realized that Bhut Jolokia pepper (also known as the Ghost Pepper and Naga Jolokia) is the first ingredient in this Spooky Sauce. And as if the hottest pepper in the world wasn't insanely hot enough Dave decided to add some pepper extract for good measure.
When I tasted it I immediately noticed the subtle smoky flavor that everyone seems to mention when they describe the flavor of Jolokia peppers. A few moments later, heat followed flavor and my salivary glands went into overdrive. It made me sweat and sniffle and when I was done foaming at the mouth a comfortable and familiar chile pepper euphoria set in. This hot sauce is certainly not for lightweights. If you have any brains when you ingest this sauce they'll be gone shortly after the first drop. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this sauce is badass. So if you're looking for something hotter than your run of the mill habanero sauce or if you want to experiment with facial spontaneous combustion then this is about the right heat level.
My only dig is that this sauce was a tad thicker than I like. With a sauce this hot you don't want to smack the bottom of the bottle to force out a small drop only to have a giant gob accost your food. In summary, this sauce gets high ratings for flavor, consistency and especially heat. Good stuff.