Lucky Dog Black Label

My mission is to produce the most balanced, flavorful and versatile hot sauces possible – ones that can be used on everything and appeal to all tastes from moderate to strong heat, without overpowering food.

LuckyDog_blackDarn you Scott Zalkind!

You have spoiled me yet again.  I wasn’t sure it would ever be possible to come up with a hot sauce I liked more than Lucky Dog Red Label hot sauce. But Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Black Label has brought my love of hot sauce to a whole new level.

As I’ve mentioned before I am not a fan of heat for the sake of heat.  I spend far too much time developing flavors in the foods I cook to completely destroy them with overbearing hot sauces.  I am far from a hot sauce expert, but I know what I like and don’t like.  And I am a huge fan of Lucky Dog Black Label Hot Sauce.  So much so that I find myself eating it on everything.  Seriously, it works with everything.

The heat source for Black Label is the super hot Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper.  The Moruga pepper is hot. Individual plants have been measured upwards of 2,000,000 scoville units.  To put this in perspective a normal everyday jalapeño pepper has a scoville rating of around 5,000 to 10,000 units.  This is not a pepper that I would take lightly and I’m certainly never going to pop one in my mouth like a would a jalapeño. The Moruga also has a sweet, fruity flavor along with the heat.

I think what makes the Moruga work so well is the addition of California Black Mission Figs and apples.  California Black Mission figs have a somewhat sweet but earthy flavor that seems to work well with the Moruga. When you add the flavor of the Nana Mae’s organic heirloom apples you end up with tremendous flavor.  The addition of a little jalapeño, ghost pepper garlic and touch of lime and you’ve got layers of flavor that just seem to bring compliment the flavors in the food.

If you are looking for hot sauces that will offer complimentary flavors to the food on your plate you should visit Lucky Dog Hot Sauce and buy some.  Simple enough…




1 Comment on Lucky Dog Black Label

  1. Thanks again for the great review/feedback – I must recommend 3 things for this sauce:
    1. Pork. Any pork. Fig+Apple+pork = ’nuff said
    2. Oysters – raw, grilled, doesn’t matter – terrific pairing.
    3. Bloody Mary – this one is courtesy of my father, Steve Zalkind, who initially suggested it and boy was he spot on.

    Love the site and appreciate your taking the time to say a kind word about my products again Larry!

    Scott Z
    Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

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