“Get back Reaper!”, I screamed, “You’re freakin’ dangerous!” Seriously,
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You’ve got to love when a hot sauce starts its ingredients list with two of the most potent chili peppers on the planet.
Bravado Spice Company calls this sauce an “umami bomb” and it totally is. The fresh chili peppers hit quick and hard on the first bite. Though there’s a lot more to this sauce than just heat. It’s earthy, pungent, sweet, salty — truly a unique twist on flavor for a hot sauce.
Soon after the immediate heat, the rice wine vinegar delivers an earthy sweetness to the tongue that truly pulls out the natural sweetness built into both super-hot peppers. And that’s quickly followed with the red miso and tamari, both with their umami flavor. You get a delicious level of sweet and salty, smooth, and pungent with every single bite.
This sauce does come in at 210 mg of sodium per teaspoon (9% of your daily allowance.). That’s a heck of a lot. But frankly, it’s the amount of sodium you need to blend in with so many delicious bold flavors here. And this sauce is so spicy, you aren’t likely using a lot in any one sitting. Still — for those monitoring sodium, keep it in mind.
When you call your shot on the label — naming those super-hot peppers for all to see — you better deliver on heat. And
These are two well-known super-hot chilies in the mix. Ghost peppers range from 855,000 Scoville heat units to 1,041,427 SHU. And Carolina Reapers dwarf even that, ranging from 1,400,000 to 2,200,000 SHU. Compare that to jalapeños — (2,500 to 8,000 SHU) and you see these are some mega-hot bad boys in this hot sauce.
The heat moves quickly from your lips to the tip of your tongue and then makes its way to the back of your throat. From there, it builds. And lingers. You’ll feel the burn for a good five to ten minutes after eating it.
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So can you use a sauce this spicy? Maybe not as a daily driver (for most), but in certain instances, you’ll be grabbing for
It’s really delicious with ahi tuna and sushi. If you’re looking for an alternative to wasabi for that next sushi meal, look no further. You’ll reach for
Aka Miso Ghost-Reaper is also a fantastic addition to soups, particularly ramen and other more exotic dishes. The dilution into the water base calms the heat some, but still provides a delicious level of spiciness and umami.
You can also cut this hot sauce with many condiments to curb the spiciness and provide unique flavor twists. I mixed this into my ketchup and barbecue sauces. It works very well then as a spicy dip for potato chips, fries, chicken tenders, and so much more. In fact, the umami is such a delicious flavor, you’ll often get the best of this sauce with just a little dilution into a base.
The flavor and heat balance alone should make this a collection staple for any hot sauce connoisseur. Really,
I really love how Bravado Spice Company ties in a heat level gauge with the fire icons at the bottom of the label. And the fresh chilies presented in the ribbon really help them jump out on first look. It’s well done branding and label presentation.
Few hot sauces nail the flavor and heat combo as well as
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