Posted by Buddah | Posted on July 18th, 2013 | 1 Comment
Hellfire’s Devil’s Gold won a 1st place Screaming Mi Mi Award at the 1st ever NYC Hot Sauce Expo for the Fruit Based Hot Sauce category. Not a bad way to start off with a limited edition hot sauce. For those that have not followed us last year, we have year end awards called the Lenny Awards. Hellfire Hot Sauce won for best product line for their reviews for 4 of their products – Evil Bastard, Devil’s Blend, Pure Hell and their Blueberry Hell. So I imagine they are looking to recreate the magic with 4 more hot sauces. This is the first, and we will post the other 3 hot sauces over the next 3 weeks. For these reviews we have Steve “The Machine” Smallwood out of Ohio, Ryan Graub from Missouri, and Steve Chambers from Maryland.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on April 16th, 2013 | 2 Comments
One would get the first impression that any hot sauce with the name Buffalo on the label would be a buffalo wing sauce. Especially with the name Buffalo Tom, who originally hails from Buffalo, NY. Plus you add in the fact that they own the domain name www.thebestwingsauce.com Now all that aside, they name of this product is Buffalo Tom’s Gourmet Hot Sauce, not wing sauce. Sure it says it is good on wings, but the label also says it is good on pizza and pasta too. I hope you are following me so far. I want you to read “Buffalo Tom’s History” below and see what he has to say about his product. I copied and pasted it here right from their website. I did change a little, specifically that Buffalo Tom now includes FREE SHIPPING on all orders of 2, 4 or 6 bottles of their gourmet hot sauce. The more you buy, the cheaper the cost per bottle will ultimately be.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on March 29th, 2013 | 1 Comment
Before you go on about what an extract means to you, you better think twice about this product. Brought to you from journalist, television personality, and cookbook author, David Rosengarten. You can read a little more about him below in the “A Little About” section. Lets just say he knows a little about food and flavor. His take on what an extract is would be completely different than what we think it is in our chile community. Chile Extract in our world is pure capsaicin, pure heat of the pepper. What this sauce and the other chile extract sauce we will be reviewing next week are chile pepper purees with some little extra flavor to bring out the individual pepper notes. You might be surprised by what our reviewers think about these sauces.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on February 22nd, 2013 | No Comments
Whilst at CaJohn’s Open House during the Fiery Foods Weekend in Columbus, Ohio we did this special review. Well it is not really a review, but a heat challenge. Thom Toth, the man behind Voodoo Chile Sauces & Salsa, LLC made his first appearance at a hot sauce show. Not as a vendor, but as a chilehead. He brought along some of his hot sauces with him to share with some of the other chileheads in attendance, including this unique product. Scorpion Venom is an ultra hot Trinidad Scorpion chile pepper extract of sorts. The difference in this product is that while it packs much heat, it does not have that awful, bitter extract taste because they use a different process in creating it. If you want to heat up your food or want to increase the spiciness of your mild sauces then this is the product for you. Check out what Steve “The Machine” Smallwood does with it. Sick!
Posted by Buddah | Posted on January 22nd, 2013 | 1 Comment
I have been doing reviews for 5 plus years now, and every now and then you run across a “character” that you know will be someone you will want to meet sometime in the future. You get that feeling from your first contact that you are dealing with a nice guy with a good sense of humor. Enter The Murph, Stephen “The Murph” Murphy. A Long Islander much like myself, a Met fan much like myself, so we all ready had much in common to talk about through our email exchanges. I recognized his bottles from Peppers of Rehoboth, DE, but I had also seen the bottle at a local Italian Market called Iavarone in the town I grew up in- Wantagh, NY. I go to the grocery store all the time, and every single time I see The Murph Famous Bloody Mary Mix I think of my beloved NY Mets. The Mets’ TV and radio announcers I grew up with as a kid were Ralph Kiner and Bob Murphy. While the name The Murph doesn’t necessarily make me think of Bob Murphy, the picture of Stephen on the bottle reminds of a young Ralph Kiner. I told him this and he got a chuckle out of it.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on December 21st, 2012 | No Comments
At a local event here in Northern Virginia just a few miles away from my home I found this spicy pretzel snack. They had a whole line of different flavored products and they were happy to let you sample anything you wanted. So of course I had to try these small pretzel balls. Just one ball and I could feel a little heat. That surprised me to tell you the truth, but not as much as I was surprised when I got home to open the bag and see how fast I stopped eating them because they were really lighting me up. I soon reached out to them and setup this review to see if it was a fluke heat thing or it was me. I brought in Steve “The Machine” Smallwood who knows much about what is hot. I wasn’t sure he would even feel much burn, but it was a true test at any rate. Then I added Dale Gilbert and Revtommy2tone & Crimsonsteel to the team. The Good Reverend and Crimsonsteel did the review during his live weekly radio show.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on November 22nd, 2012 | No Comments
This is our 2nd and last review for the High Octane Sauce Company out of Texas. They are using the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper which is presently the world’s hottest chile pepper. In our last review we gave feedback for their Hybrid Green Pepper Sauce which got a pretty decent review from our team scoring two 3 1/2’s and one 3 flaming hearts out of 5. Will this extra hot pepper sauce do as well? One way to find out folks, watch! Our review team once again is John Huber, Steve “The Machine” Smallwood, and Jacob Robertson. I wish Kevin Billings of High Octane Sauce Company the very best in their success for his young company. Things are all ready looking bright. Happy Turkey Day Weekend everyone, and start off your Black Friday with some good hot sauce here at High Octane.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on November 14th, 2012 | 1 Comment
Sometimes it is the ingredients that on face value seem like the makings of a good all around sauce. With roasted poblano, jalapeno and serrano chile peppers blended with herbs, spices and a touch of lime, you are off to a fast start. Introducing the Hybrid Green Pepper Sauce from the High Octane Sauce Company. I met the creator and owner behind the sauces, Kevin Billings at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival in September. His Tire Smokin’ Salsa tied for 1st place out of 58 salsas in Houston, and because we can only have 1 winner, it garnered 2nd place in the tiebreaker. Quite an accomplishment considering salsa were shipped in from all over the US for this contest. With that said, things are looking up for Kevin and his company. We will have another sauce to review next week from High Octane, so look for that as well all you Moruga Scorpion fans.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on August 12th, 2012 | 3 Comments
We reviewed this hot sauce back on July 5th, but because of some computer issues Steve “The Machine” Smallwood had to postpone his review. I got this from him over a week later, but because of some scheduling of other reviews I decided to hold it off for the appropriate time. You would assume that this is that time, but you would be wrong.