Ghost Pepper Sauce by Hot Line Pepper Products
Lauren and I had to get out of the house on Saturday, so we decided to take a drive up to our old stomping grounds of the Woodlands and go to Hubble & Hudson. Hubble & Hudson is a fantastic artisanal market in the Woodlands Waterway area that we grew to love when we lived up there. We would go for brunch on the weekends and do some shopping while we were done. It’s worth the drive to anyone living in Houston, and it’s most definitely a perk of living in the Woodlands area.
I also knew that Hubble carried a decent selection of hot sauces – some main stream and some local, so I was excited to see what they carried. So I spent a good 30 minutes checking out all of the available sauces and finally settled on a handful to take home with me. Of those, I picked out 2 of the Hot Lines sauces. Their Ghost Pepper Sauce was the first one I opened up.
The smell is a vinegar heat – with more heat then vinegar, but the vinegar does hit your nose first. But that’s about the only negative I can say about this sauce. The only other thing I could think of is that the label doesn’t clearly state that it’s a super hot sauce – though it does say Ghost pepper. But one could argue that most people may or may not know what that meant. And we’ve all seen the folks that try a hot sauce without thinking about it or understanding what’s in it.
I love the look of this sauce in the bottle – that’s the main reason I brought it home. You can see the flecks of the fire roasted peppers, pepper pieces and seeds.
I decided to try this sauce on some Cincinnati chili that I had made over the weekend. I made the chili mild because I knew I would be getting into some sauces this week and I didn’t want to over power anything. So on the chili the sauce went.
I put a good amount on the chili – but not too much. And that’s a good thing, because this sauce packs a punch. As you would expect from any sauce that contains Jolokia, Habanero, Jalapeno and Chile De Arbol peppers. There is some great fruitiness that you can taste just before the heat kicks in and smacks you in the lips. Two bites and my mouth was lit up – and by the end of the bowl, I could feel the adrenaline kick in. It didn’t set off the hiccup alarm, but it did have me sucking in a bit more air.
Overall, this is a great sauce – I would definitely recommend it and buy it again. I love the fact that it’s from a small company – and a relatively new one at that. Check out their website and Facebook page to see all of the work they are putting into this great product line.