Product Reviews

Minorcan Mike’s Datil Pepper Salsa: Deep Sweet

First things first: We love Minorcan Mike’s Datil Pepper Sauce (see the review here.) Its sweet, spicy, and unexpectedly complex flavor hit all the right notes for a datil pepper hot sauce. So learning that there’s a salsa option, too, is a terrific spicy snacking gift! Minorcan Mike’s Datil Pepper Salsa pretty much provides more of the same, which is a very good thing. This is one tasty sweet salsa, which – while not quite the flavor depth of the sauce – provides a bold sweet flavor with plenty of datil heat.

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Pepper Palace Reaper BBQ Sauce

Pepper Palace Reaper BBQ Sauce: Extreme Grilling

A BBQ sauce for those that think “big” and “bold” are entry level…

The grim reaper on the label should tell you enough. Pepper Palace’s Reaper BBQ Sauce, featuring the infamously scorching Carolina Reaper pepper, is a taste bud land mine. Yet, thankfully this isn’t a story of all heat and no flavor. There’s just enough tomato sweetness and peppery spice to make things interesting before the Reaper has its way. Let’s break down this super-hot BBQ sauce.

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Black Rose Hot Sauce

Black Rose Hot Sauce: A Growing Bite

Tabasco tang, Sriracha thickness, a flavor all its own…

We’ll be honest, at first we weren’t really sure how we felt about Black Rose Hot Sauce. It has a vinegary tang like Tabasco, but as a Louisiana style dashing sauce it’s way too thick. That thickness is a lot like Sriracha, but the pronounced vinegar tang limits its uses compared to Sriracha. On our first few tastes, we were left with the feeling that this hot sauce was in a hard-to-place limbo zone between two popular flavors.

But Black Rose Hot Sauce has grown on us big time since our initial first impression. In fact, it has a flavor all its own, taking the best of those two popular hot sauces and mixing in a hint smoke and a delicious amount of grit.

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Times Up Reaper Hot Sauce - Tomato Blend

Time’s Up Reaper Hot Sauce (Tomato Blend) Review

Edge of your seat heat, sweet tangy tomato flavor…

Check your willingness to explore the edge of super-hot if you pick up a bottle of Pepper Palace’s tomato-based Time’s Up Reaper Hot Sauce. While not as hot as some inferno-level hot sauces, it punches and hard from the first taste. But unlike many of those extreme sauces that lean into the heat and away from taste, there’s a real flavor in Time’s Up – a garden-y tomato base with garlic and onion undertones, perfect for wings, eggs, and much more. That is, as long as you can take the heat.

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Pepper Palace Ghost Pepper Sauce

Pepper Palace Ghost Pepper Sauce: Smokin’ Versatility

Slow burn, smoky sweet…

When you pick up a bottle of Pepper Palace Ghost Pepper Sauce, expect a sauce that sticks around. Not on your shelf – we’re sure you’ll find as many uses for it as we did – but on the palate. That ghost pepper heat lingers, and with it a smoky sweet tang that’s as good on eggs as it is on steaks. Though, you may be surprised – the heat here is not as hot as you may expect for something labeled with the name of a super-hot chili.

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Pepper Palace Maple Chipotle Rub

Pepper Palace Maple Chipotle Rub: Sugar ’n Spice

Autumn sweet…

When you think chipotle rub, you likely think smoky and woody. And that’d be true for Pepper Palace’s Maple Chipotle Rub. But where it goes beyond that is what makes it different. The maple, brown sugar, and honey undertones, provide a comforting earthy sweetness as well. Simply, it smells and tastes like autumn, and that’s a real good thing. Let’s break down this delicious meat rub.

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Pepperoncini Kettle Chips: Flavorful, But The Right Flavor?

A super tasty potato chip that fools the taste buds.

Pepperoncini kettle chips are one of a wide line of flavorful snacks made by Kettle Brand. If you’ve ever walked down a snack aisle in a grocery store (read everyone), you know the maker. Their chips are always crowd pleasers: big potato flavor, that kettle cooked crispiness, and a hearty cut for the crisp itself.

So we are excited that Kettle Brand has ventured down the pepper scale from their other spicy stalwarts like Jalapeño, Sriracha, and Jalapeño Jack. And after picking up a bag, we’re overall very pleased. These are very tasty chips perfect next to a hearty Italian sandwich. But there’s a definite twist to what brings the heat in these chips.

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