Before you buy, Please Note:
The most award-winning product in the Lucky Dog Hot Sauce lineup, with 16 national awards. Due to growing demand, Black Label has sold out every year. Last year it sold out several months early, and it was a struggle to secure enough of the fresh T.Scorpion peppers to manufacture more. So I am trying something a bit different for this batch of Black Label.
I've found a source of flash-frozen T.Scorpions, which have been certified & approved for use (CA has a lot of regulations & I insist on buying certified produce). As such, I am releasing this batch as a pre-sale only.
What this means:
Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery, as I will be pre-selling for 3-4 weeks in order to know how many lbs of peppers to secure to satisfy demand. After that, there will be some expected delays, first to make the sauce, then in fulfilling all of the orders as quickly as possible.
Shipping is included in the price, so your only choice will be whether you want to reserve 2, 4, or 8 bottles.
Local farmers market customers:
As all Black Label orders will be online, I am providing a market pick-up option. So if you order online but wish to pick up at the farmers market (Grand Lake, Oakland Sat 9-2 or San Rafael Civic Center Sun 8-1), simply leave a note in your order indicating that you want market pick-up & you'll receive 1 extra bottle, (or 2, if you order the 8-pack).
Bulk discounts apply, with no coupon code required. Simply select the preferred option from the drop-down menu above, prior to adding to cart.
Please note: as shipping is included & timing is sensitive, this offer cannot be combined with any other sauce purchase.
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Black Label features the distinct flavor of the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper, easily among the hottest and most flavorful peppers in the world. While respectably hot, this savory sauce is still Food's Best Friend!
LDHS Black Label is a seasonal hot sauce, made with a delicate balance of fresh Trinidad Scorpion peppers & fire-roasted jalapeños to add to the depth of flavor. California black mission figs, organic apples, white onions and roasted garlic round out this sublimely versatile and very hot pepper sauce. Just a bit of ghost pepper provides a pleasantly lingering burn, and hints of lime give this sauce a spectacularly bright finish.
While a fruit-based hot sauce, this savory sauce is an excellent compliment to grilled or fresh oysters, fish tacos, Mexican and Latin American foods, Pizza, meat, eggs, Thai, Greek, Asian foods and virtually anything else. If you're looking for a Lucky Dog Hot Sauce with a lot more bite, Black Label is going to be your Food's Best Friend!
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Black Label is a Winner!
(and our most award-winning sauce!)
The Story Behind The Sauce
Black Label was far and away my most challenging creation. I spent months prototyping this sauce, due to the difficult nature of the Trinidad Scorpion pepper. I fell in love with the delicate floral bouquet and creeping heat of this pepper immediately, but was a bit put off by the bitter finish.
I'd found 24 ways to successfully mute the bitterness for a citrus finish, but lost the lovely subtle floral quality as well.
While taking a break from the frustrations of attempting to create this sauce & enjoying a neighborhood BBQ in a friend's back yard, the wind kicked up and the tree I was sitting under stated raining black mission figs on my lap. The host of the BBQ told me to take some home. I tried one, and found the flavor remarkably similar to the Trinidad Scorpion's floral quality. It occurred to me that using figs might boost the subtle flavor of the peppers enough that it would be retained when using apples & lime to mute the bitter finish.
I immediately bagged up a couple of lbs, went home and made another batch of sauce using this interesting new ingredient. And as luck would have it, that is the final recipe. California Black Mission Figs and organic apples blend together beautifully with the fire-roasted jalapenos and Trinidad Scorpion peppers to create a perfect sweet-heat balance & what has become my best selling, most versatile and most unusual hot sauce.