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Chef Fartenburn’s Gourmet Hot Sauce Review

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Editor's Review

Overall this is a very good sauce, albeit a very basic sauce.
6.5
7 Taste
5 Heat
7 Smell
7 Appearance

According to the label this hot sauce got a 1st place award at the 2010 Scovie awards.  That coupled with the childish name meant I had to try this sauce.  So does it deserve a 1st place award in my book?

First Impressions

The first thing you see is a chef bent over farting and a poor waitress holding her nose…yup, I found it amusing.  The sauce itself is your basic “mean red” color, it’s fairly thick but pours nicely, and there are signs of some minor pulp from the peppers and mangoes.   The smell is your typical peppery sauce smell; I can’t detect any of the mango or garlic.

Taste

There really isn’t anything special about the taste of this sauce.  It’s your basic peppery, very slightly vinegary hot sauce flavor that we all know and love.  It makes a perfect general use hot sauce that can go on almost anything.  I wouldn’t use this on light fish such as Tilapia or Cod, however it is very good on Mexican food, Cajun food and some Asian food.  I haven’t tried it yet but I’m pretty sure this would go great mixed in some mayo or butter and put on top of a cheaper cut of steak as well.

Heat

While not among the hottest sauces I’ve ever tried, Chef Fartenburn does have a solid kick to it.  The heat is pretty instant on the tongue but doesn’t linger for too long.  It lists Habanero as the hottest pepper in the sauce with no mention of extract; however it does seem hotter than a Habanero without reaching Ghost Pepper levels.

Final Thoughts

Overall this is a very good sauce, albeit a very basic sauce.  I had hoped the mango would give it more of a fruity, sweeter note underneath the heat.  If you’re in the market for a general use hot sauce that has a good kick without making you wish you’d never been born, this is a very solid option.  I can’t say this would be a 1st place sauce for me (no clue what it’s competition was though, so who knows) but it’s well worth the 6-7 bucks to add it to your collection, even if just to have a bottle of sauce with a childish name.

Ingredients: Cayenne peppers, jalapeno peppers, habanero peppers, onions, vinegar, mango juice, mangoes, tomatoes, roasted garlic, and salt.

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