It’s time to change things up and kick back with one of my favorite brands, Lucky Dog Hot Sauce!
I got a note from Scott Zalkind the other day letting me know that he had two new flavors of Lucky Dog available and wondered if I would like to give them a try. Heck yes!!
I was excited to hear from Scott since it has been a year since I wrote about his original sauce (Orange Label) which he was just starting to take commercial.
Here is the breakdown on Lucky Dog Hot Sauce:
There are three flavors: Green, Red and Orange Label.
Green Label is the mildest and reminded me of a salsa verde with a little kick. I ate this with nachos, eggrolls, chicken tacos, and an open faced scrambled egg sandwich.
Red Label is a medium heat sauce. Red label is my favorite of the three; my bottle ran out before I was done with recipes I wanted to try. I ate this with grilled shrimp, chicken wings, and cheese omelets. It was an awesome marinade for the shrimp.
Orange Label is the hottest of the three. I wrote about this guy over here. Good stuff.
All three flavors are based upon fire roasted peppers.
These are not rip offs of the Louisiana style hot sauces. There is no overwhelming vinegar punch here. You get multiple flavor levels from a nice blend of ingredients. One of the words that came to mind when I was going through these was “bright”.
The tagline for the sauces is “Food’s Best Friend”
These sauces are designed to be eaten with food. They compliment food and don’t overwhelm. Scott wasn’t going for the “how hot can I make this” crowd. I was pouring this stuff over scrambled eggs, potatoes, nachos, seafood and steak. Don’t get me wrong; they bring heat to the party but pure heat isn’t the game they are playing.
The most important thing to know about these sauces is that they are the result of Scott evolving his passion for food into a business.
Any joker with a credit card can start a hot sauce business in a few weeks reselling someone else’s product with their label.
That isn’t what is going on here. Scott worked on his recipes for years. He spent a year working with manufacturers trying to find one who could recreate his recipes at scale. He has taken feedback from reviewers and redesigned his labels. He has sent his product out to competitions and won some nice awards.
There really is no way for me to tell you exactly what these sauces taste like. All I can tell you is that Scott has worked hard to put out one hell of a great product.
Do yourself a favor, head over to Lucky Dog Hot Sauce and buy a bottle of the Red Label for five bucks. The Red Label is my favorite and also that of Larry Gaian; Scott Roberts gave it a pretty solid review as well.
If you buy a bottle of the Red and don’t like it drop me a line with a picture of the bottle and I will send you $5.00. There is no gimmick here..I have a few fivers lying around that I am willing to use to back up my man, Scott. Obviously I reserve the right to withdraw the offer if I find it getting abused by internet scum buckets. Come on, it’s just five bucks…go buy a bottle and live a little.
Scott was also kind enough to send a few bottles for me to give away to a lucky reader. If you would like to win three bottles of Lucky Dog Hot Sauce (one of each flavor) leave a comment below and be sure to include your e-mail in the appropriate field (won’t be publicly viewable).
At the end of February I will randomly select a winner and get this stuffed shipped.
Secret Ninja Tip: You get an extra entry if your comment is derogatory towards the San Fran 49ers. That’s right, Scott..I am still ticked over the Saint’s loss last year!