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 made with a balance of Scorpion peppers & fire-roasted jalapeños, adding depth of flavor. California black mission figs, Nana Mae's organic apples, white onions and 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.
Update: As of December, 2016, Black Label is ~25% hotter than prior batches! Customers asked, and I answered - the newest formula of Black Label has been adjusted to balance heat & flavor in a way that really gives the sizzle that chileheads crave. The first 2 years this sauce was out, it was about 15% hotter than the last batch, which came out a bit milder due to a milder batch of seasonal Scorpion Peppers. To avoid that in the future I increased the content and balanced the sauce so it tastes the same, but really brings the fire.
And now Black Label makes its debut in our big, sexy new 8.5 oz glass bottle! Large mouth for easy pour, you'll have to be a bit careful with this one. Please note, the bottle has changed to a shorter 8.5 oz bottle. Photos will be updated when the entire line has been converted.
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!
Helpful tip: For best value on shipping, 1-3 bottles ships for just $7 USPS Priority! Bulk pricing also receives discounted Priority Mail shipping!
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.