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Take this mini bottle of our Ass Kickin' Bacon Hot Sauce anywhere you go!
This is a mild hot sauce, with the sweet taste of smokey bacon.
I have tried this product in three consecutive meals so far, and really like it. It is small enough to fit in the outside pocket of a picnic bag ready for barbecue cooking, but more than holds its own when compared with much larger bottles of hot sauce. Bacon is a flavour that lends itself well to hot summer vegetable dishes made from ingredients such as capsicum, tomato, corn or courgettes: on their own, these vegetables may lack piquancy, but with the addition of a few drops of this sauce (which contains cayenne pepper as well as bacon flavouring) they really come to life.
The first dish I tried it with was barbecued courgettes. These were halved lengthwise, blanched in boiling water for a couple of minutes to soften, and then coated with a mixture of fresh garlic and a little of the bacon flavoured sauce. They were then grilled until the surface was crispy and fragrant. They were so good I would have been quite happy to eat them on their own and forget about the sausages and fancy bread rolls that were meant to accompany them.
The following night I made a ratatouille with aubergines, courgettes, garlic, tomatoes, capsicum and onions. I had found the sauce milder than expected so I added a full teaspoon to the mixture. I first encountered ratatouille when I was living in Majorca, and this was as good as any I have tasted. I did not add salt as I thought the bacon flavour would be enough, but everyone else assured me that it did need a dash of salt as well. But everyone to their own taste!
Finally, for breakfast, I decided to make corn fritters. I had been given two cobs which were slightly past their best; the only thing you can do with cobs like these is to stew them gently to soften them and then make them into fritters or add them to something like bacon and egg pie. Fritters are quick and easy so that is where they ended up. I used a teaspoon of the sauce to an eight fritter mix which was about right. It added that essential zing without entirely masking the corn flavour or causing any coughing fits.
So - don't be put off by the name or the small size which might lead the buyer to think the product is going to be unbearably hot. It is certainly hot, but not overwhelming. The decider is the taste test (a drop on the end of the tongue) and when I did this I did not need to rush for the remedy (cold yoghurt!) so that puts it well and truly into the mild- to medium-hot rather than the burning-hot range. A good introduction for those new to Mexican food!
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