Posted May 11, 2012 by Ammond in Bloggers

Heart Breaking Dawns 1498 The Cauterizer Hot Sauce Review

Hello Chili Heads!

The Scorpion Pepper has been well received in the Chili Head community. All over the world, people have been trying the new World Record holder for the hottest pepper only to find out that it WILL indeed burn you BAD or good depending on your experience! The pepper is beautiful and easy to look at. It is wrinkle covered and has a deep, crimson hue that invites the senses to take a big ole bite, but if you turn the pepper over, on the bottom, there lurks a point or hook that has the appearance of a scorpion’s stinger that should warn you to stay away. But to a chili head, this is just a reminder of what this amazing chili has to offer to the consumer.

Over all though, to the unaware mind, this pepper from the outside appears to be relatively benign and harmless.  Don’t be fooled by its subtle appearance if you get lucky enough to find yourself in the presence of this “cute little fruit.” Even today people are still debating just how hot this pepper is. As I bit into my pepper, some of the first thoughts that went into my mind was, “Hmm, nice and crisp, little like a bell pepper and kind of had a sweet flowery flavor….then, OH LORD HELP ME! HERE COMES THE HEAT!”  The heat might have been similar to licking the insides of a 9-volt battery or maybe turning a toaster inside out and then cramming it into my mouth while plugging it in. Okay…I might be exaggerating a little bit. The truth is, “IT WAS HOTTER THAN THAT!” I am not too proud to admit it, but that pepper burned going down, then an hour later, it burned coming up and out, then the next day burned coming out again.  It took my stomach about 3 days to stop cursing me and to recover, but as for my mind, this pepper will always have my respect and a bit of fear.  For those of you that want to try it…be careful! It is NOT to be done without some extreme caution. A good place to purchase these peppers is at Refining Fire Chili’s. Just ask for Jim Duffy. Or you can find his website on line at

Now if you are not into torturing your mind and insides with this whole spicy fruit, then I would suggest that you try it in a sauce. Many manufactures are attempting to make a sauce with these peppers. But for me one of my new favorites is called

The Cauterizer.

Heartbreaking Dawns produces this sauce and it has been available to the public for the last year. I have not tried it previously due to my past experience with the Scorpion Pepper. When I told Johnny McLaughlin about my history he immediately said that I must try his sauce and that it would change my perspective forever!
My traditional fare for hot sauce testing is breakfast. I tried a little in a spoon first and could taste the faint sweetness from the blueberries and the apricot preserves. It was definitely a 9 on the one to ten scale in heat. The heat came on strong and fast. I found that I didn’t really care for it on eggs so I waited a few days before trying it again.

This time I found myself at the local Mexican Restaurant that we frequent. I order a couple street tacos, a shrimp taco, and a fish taco.  I placed my order all while clutching my bottle of hot sauce. Hoping that someone might ask me about it so that I could spark a restaurant wide tasting session. Don’t laugh…sometimes this happens!  So when I received my heaping plate I considered how much sauce to use. I found myself faced with an all or nothing attitude. I poured the sauce on heavy. Squished one end in a desperate attempt to hold it together and crammed one end in my mouth. WOW! The heat came on quick and I let out a cough! Wasn’t expecting that! So as I chewed flavors started mixing together and the heat began to plateau. I took another bite, then another…all of a sudden I was assaulted by a barrage of hiccups. It’s been a while since a sauce has done that to me. The flavor was great. I wiped the sweat off my brow and eat with a taco in one hand and the bottle in the other until they were all gone. At that point I set the bottle of Heartbreaking Dawns Cauterizer down with just a little bit of sadness. What a culinary adventure. As the endorphins were kicking in and I was wallowing in that ever so familiar food buzz, I thought, “Damn! That sauce is good!”

It comes in a standard 5 oz bottle and is wrapped with some amazing artwork. It’s made with all natural ingrediants and I can actually pronounce and recognize every one. I love that!! I am not a big fan of sauces that have more ingredients written in Latin then in English. If you want to find out more about this sauce just go to their site at and find out about all their wonderful products. You can also check them out at Peppers at the Beach Event that is coming up soon. Johnny and Nicole are also releasing a special sauce that is coming out in an 8 oz bottle for the event. Contact them for more info.

So for all you chili heads out there, keep it hot and keep it spicy…Most of all ENJOY!

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