One of the things I love about Twitter is that it lets me connect with people who are interested in the same things as me. I ended up following a start up hot sauce company and swapping some dry rubs for a bottle of hot sauce. It is a pretty sweet world we live in! I realize that this is a site about bbq dry rubs and not a site about hot sauce but I figured the concept is pretty close. I am trying to find small outfits making great products that give me an excuse to eat tasty stuff. Works for me.
The company is Lucky Dog Hot Sauce and it’s the baby of Scott in California. Lucky Dog is not yet in commercial scale production for retail sale so I was tickled to get a sample to try. Lucky Dog Hot Sauce comes in two flavors; a Green Label and an Orange Label. When we setup our little swap meet we decided to exchange a container of Simply Marvelous Cherry Dry Rub for a bottle of the Orange Label.
A few days later my sauce showed up and I got a good look at the product. I have to say that both the packaging and the product were very pretty. To be honest the bottle sat unopened for several days because I wasn’t excited to ruin the cool bottle seal made of gold colored wax. Check out the pepper flakes and other colors in the product. Nice stuff.
When I did finally open this guy up I tried it on some nachos and thought it tasted great. It had a nice twang, a little heat and good overall flavor. I then poured some out on a spoon and tried it straight up. That was a stupid thing to do. Seriously, why in the heck didn’t I realize that eating a spoonful of hot sauce was a bad idea? That was my fault, not a problem with the sauce.
I decided to get my boy to sample some Lucky Dog and he hesitantly agreed. He filled a glass up with ice water just in case things went bad. He took a big bite of a sauced up nacho and declared it to be “very tasty!” I told him that he didn’t have to act like he liked it if he didn’t. I said that I didn’t make the stuff and don’t really know the guy that did. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if he didn’t like it or thought it was too spicy. He replied, “No, I like it. I think it is very well balanced.” I about peed my pants; I’ve got my goofball of an 11 year old commenting on the balance of flavors in a hot sauce. I guess he picked that phrase up from somewhere……
For a more detailed product review let me direct you to a post that was written over here. If you want to try this stuff get in touch with Scott over on Twitter or Facebook and see if you can get him to ship you some. If you are not on Twitter you can find Lucky Dog on Facebook here.