Mule Sauce Review

Mule Sauce is the fiery concoction from Sticker Mule, a sticker company. Yup. You read that right. It’s one random brand extension, but hey — sometimes random just works to make something great. So, does Mule Sauce kick as well as its competitors? How flavorful is it? How well-balanced is the heat? And how usable? Let’s break it all down.

SUMMARY
Mule Sauce (by Sticker Mule)
4.5
$7.99

Don’t sleep on Mule Sauce just because it’s made by a sticker company (Sticker Mule.) This stuff is legit good: both flavorful and fiery. It features a trio of bold chilies (habaneros, scotch bonnets, and ghost peppers), binging a medium heat that’s well-balanced with a delicious citrusy-sweetness.

Heat Level: Medium to Medium-High
Pros:
  • Truly tasty with fiery bite
  • Good use of natural chili pepper flavor
  • Low sodium
Cons:
  • While heat to flavor balance is great, it may be too hot for some
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09/26/2021 01:13 am GMT

Flavor

There’s a lot going on in Mule Sauce, and you can see that from the depth of its ingredients list: red bell pepper, distilled vinegar, onions, pure cane sugar, brown sugar, red habanero pepper mash, Jolokia pepper mash, yellow scotch bonnet pepper mash, lemon juice, garlic, ginger root, and xanthan gum.

Yes, you read that right. There are four pepper types in this sauce, led at the top by that red bell pepper and followed with a trio of extra/super-hot chilies (red habanero, ghost pepper a.k.a. Bhut Jolokia, and yellow scotch bonnets.)

On first bite, Mule Sauce has a very slight vinegar tang before the fresh-tasting sweetness from the bell peppers and brown sugar take over. That sweetness bridges from the tang to the pretty potent punch from that chili pepper trio, and it really counter-balances the spiciness well (more on that below.)

There’s flavor from the bold peppers, too: A citrusy, fruity twist that blends very well with the lemon and the pungent bite from the garlic and onion. Lastly, there’s a hint of warm and exotic ginger that permeates the entire flavor experience. Overall, the flavor is pretty complex and very well-balanced.

On the sodium: The mash itself consists of each pepper, plus salt. But surprisingly, Mule Sauce comes in at only 20 mg of sodium per teaspoon serving. That’s 1% of the daily allowance per serving, which makes Mule Sauce a low-sodium alternative.

Mule Sauce on a spoon
Mule Sauce on a spoon

Heat Balance

That trio of chili peppers in Mule Sauce sound scary. Habaneros and scotch bonnets are extra-hot chilies (100,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat units.) And ghost peppers (Bhut Jolokia) can range up to a million Scoville units, putting it in the super-hot pepper range.

That’s a bold mix, but things aren’t quite that hot. The heat is, of course, diluted quite a bit by the bell peppers and vinegar at the top of the ingredients list. Sticker Mule doesn’t provide Mule Sauce’s Scoville heat rating, but it does rate the sauce as a 4 out of 5 in terms of spiciness. I wouldn’t go that far.

This has a more medium kick. It hits you mid-bite and can ramp up to be surprising spiciness (think high-medium) on the back-end, depending upon how much fresh pepper you get per bite. The spiciness lingers for a couple of minutes, but, really, it’s not overwhelming and dissipates quickly.

Overall, this is a respectable level of spiciness and maps well to the flavor depth. The heat could have been a bit too much if the sweetness wasn’t as present as it is. But together as it stands, it’s just right.

Usability

If you’re good with that medium to high-medium heat (and like sweeter hot sauces), Mule Sauce is quite delicious on many foods. It’s the perfect sauce for pizza, chicken, and eggs. Sweeter hot sauces on eggs? So yum. And that sweetness pairs so well with fried foods.

I also found that it really gave my veggie dishes a tasty sweet-citrusy kick. Which makes me want to eat more broccoli. So, we’ll call that a health win.

The sweetness also makes the sauce a bit more forgiving in its spiciness than other bolder hot sauces. It makes the flavor a lot more welcoming to the masses. And this isn’t a “toothpick at a time” type of spiciness, so you can go with a few dashes on the plate.

Mule Sauce comes in a dasher bottle, and it’s thin enough to dash. For the heat, the dasher is probably best, but again you could dash quite a bit and be perfectly happy. It’s also not so watery that it’ll immediately soak into your food. So, you can place it precisely where you want it without it overtaking the plate.

Collectibility

It’s hard to find a sauce that highlights the flavor and heat of habaneros, scotch bonnets, and ghost peppers all in one. Especially one that isn’t just reserved solely for higher-heat loving hot sauce veterans. Mule Sauce is that, so for that reason, it’s well deserved of a spot in your hot sauce collection.

Then there’s the quirky fact that this is a surprisingly tasty hot sauce made by a sticker company. It’s one of those odd origin stories that hot sauce collections love to have. And their video on the Sticker Mule “Mule Sauce” website is worth a watch to add to the quirkiness factor.

Mule Sauce’s marketing calls it a “hot sauce that kicks ass.” And it does, and so does the label. Literally, it’s a mule kicking the ass of a man in front of a western scene. Fun stuff.

The Score

Don’t sleep on Mule Sauce just because it’s made by a sticker company (Sticker Mule.) This stuff is legit good: both flavorful and fiery. It features a trio of bold chilies (habaneros, scotch bonnets, and ghost peppers), binging a medium heat that’s well-balanced with a delicious citrusy-sweetness.

FINAL SCORE4.5
Overall Flavor4.5
Heat Balance4.5
Usability4
Collectibility4.5
X-Factor5
Based on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest)


UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on September 3, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on July 30, 2021.
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