Our WORLD CHAMPION hot sauce. This is our boldest and hottest creation with a beautifully balanced flavour. It's loaded with Thai chilli peppers, garlic, cajun spices and applewood smoke.
Smother over ribs, pizza bases, burgers and everything in between to add a zingy zest to your favourite food - you won't regret it!
• Heat: hot
• Suitable for vegans
• No artificial colouring or preservatives
I have to be honest - I am not a huge fan of really really spicy, but do have a husband (and to some degree our son as well) who like to push the boundaries when it comes to spice, flavour and heat and with that in mind, I decided to request this sauce for my hubby as he is always saying that he has not found a really "blow your socks off" hot sauce yet, and this one sounded like it could really be just that.
Being that we were in lockdown 2.0 Delta edition, there were no takeaways, except the ones we made ourselves, so with that in mind I decided to try this sauce with my hubby on our pies and homemade chips. I am not one to stick to the tomato sauce rule and think that whatever you want to put on chips and pies, on sausages or eggs or any of the food you eat, go you - try new things! I have to admit I was a little worried how hot this would be, or how BBQ smokey tasting, but let my hubby try first and give me a diagnosis.
I initially suspected that Dragon's Breath Sauce might be a little hot for me, but after looking at hubby's face, and seeing he wasn't really sweating, gasping or wanting lots of water, I decided to be brave and took a tiny pea sized amount on the end of a teaspoon. Putting it into my mouth, I let it sit there to try and really taste the flavour and heat and was very pleased to say that it delivers on both those, with a lovely smokey taste - the cajun and garlic were there in good doses too. Whilst I could taste the chillies, they aren't really overbearing, and offer a real zing of heat, that dissipates quickly, so you aren't left with a burning mouth and tongue.
My honest opinion is this is not the hottest sauce I've ever tasted but it really is quite delicious and able to be used on many different types of food. My husband even added it to his actual takeaway pizza which is meant to be filled with hot jalapenos and sauce, as he felt the Dragon's Breath from Baxter's was what was missing. This sauce is sure to become a tried and true favourite in our house - big thumbs up from us, and I would definitely purchase it again.
One of our family's favourite go-to casual meals is the very kiwi sausage sizzle. Home-made or purchased from a street fundraiser, and probably as unhealthy as a snack can be, it appeals to the kid in us. Memories of tasty treats purchased at events from mobile kitchens, or impromptu fry-ups on the beach - dripping with grease and totally to die for! I try to temper our sausage sizzles with a small injection of "slightly less unhealthy" by using wholegrain bread, butter whipped up with cooked onions so that it goes further, and sausages that are boiled rather than fried. They still taste good!
But to ensure that you get that essential BBQ taste if you are not actually cooking them on a grill, it is imperative that you serve them with a good quality sauce. This is where the Dragon's Breath sauce comes in. It has that authentic smoke flavour from the applewood used to prepare it, and a good helping of garlic for extra effect. Couple that with the heat from the chilli peppers and you have the perfect companion for your "healthy" sausage sizzle!
This is exactly what I did when I invited people around to sample the sauce. I chose my friends carefully as there are some who do not like their sauce too spicy; this particular group of people was made up of all those I knew would enjoy a bit of heat in their condiments. One, originally from India, once served me up the hottest spiced meat I had ever encountered. Even I, who like a reasonably hot sauce, was a little floored that time and I had to smother the meal with yoghurt before I could manage it. Another of my friends is South American and serves chilli with pretty well everything, even chocolate.
The others were kiwis like me who all appreciate a bit of a challenge - so I handed out plates of bread and sausages, followed by the bottle of sauce. Everyone took some; one or two were careful, shaking on only a couple of drops till they tried it. But my Indian friend put a liberal dollop on his! I tried mine - and my first reaction was that there was the most amazing sweet, fruity taste similar to that you get in an apple chutney. It was utterly delicious. It was followed quickly by the chilli effect, but it was pleasantly hot rather than unbearable. I found I could taste a drop on its own without burning my tongue.
Reassured, I took a little more, as did the more reluctant of my friends. It was an unequivocal thumbs up from everyone - with no reservations at all. One person said she would like it as a pizza base with seafood and mozzarella as this mix often needs a flavour boost. Another said it would be ideal on cold meat sandwiches for a picnic lunch. I think it was an unqualified success all round despite its not being quite as fiery as the label might have suggested: delicious, moreish, and just the right balance between heat and flavour.
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