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Dawson’s Big Smoke Chipotle

Dawson’s Big Smoke Chipotle
The third sauce we are reviewing from Dawson’s, Big Smoke Chipotle is their hottest and the first one they developed. Nice and thick, the smoky flavour comes out with a medium heat. Main ingredient is the chipotle with jalapeno and red chili peppers thrown in. Dawson’s recommends mixing with pasta sauce for extra appeal. Also makes a great dip mixed with mayo!
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Dawson’s Sweet Pear Chili Hot Sauce

Dawson’s Sweet Pear Chili Hot Sauce

Here we are again, tasting more from Dawson’s in Hamilton. This time we are giving their Sweet Pear Chili sauce the run down.
This sauce is chunky, just like their Garlic hot sauce. The sweetness is there, along with a decent amount of heat. The heat comes from Vietnamese chili peppers, with a touch of lime that does add a citrus note to the sauce. Definitely a medium low heat level, with just the right amount of heat staying with you. So if you are looking for a sauce that adds a bit of bite and sweetness to what you are eating, this sauce fills those requirements.

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Cooksville Hot Sauce – Steel City Steak Sauce

Cooksville Steel City Steak Sauce

New from Cooksville Hot Sauce, a spicy steak sauce with a nod to Hamilton. Yes, another sauce from Hamilton! Cooksville Hot Sauce Company started in Cooksville, part of Mississauga, back in the 70’s. Though the founder, Paul Casey has moved around the province, the Cooksville name has remained. Now in the Hamilton area, he has created a steak sauce based on hot peppers and tomato paste with onions, garlic, dates and raisins as well as other ingredients. The heat is mild and the flavour of the ground black pepper comes through the combination of tangy and sweet components.

Definitely a sauce worth trying – especially if you already are a fan of Paul’s line of hot sauces and condiments.

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Dawson’s Garlic Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Dawson’s Hot Sauce

Garlic Jalapeno

So many great products are being produced locally that it is not always necessary to look any further than where you grew up to find a small supplier with a sauce that satisfies your taste.
This is what I found with Dawson’s Hot Sauce. From my hometown of Hamilton Ontario, Dawson’s offers three sauces developed by Brodie and his father Bruce. The mildest sauce is their Garlic Jalapeno. Very chunky and very garlicy. If you want a garlicy spread with a little bit of bite, this is the ticket. Main ingredients are the jalapeno and the garlic along with poblano pepper. Also not too salty. The heat a fairly low – this is a sauce most people should be able to handle without problems – keeping in mind that it is a hot sauce so does give some kick for the faint hearted!

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Cooksville Hot Sauces – local hot sauce line joins the Shop!

We have just added a line of hot sauces, originating in Mississauga.  Cooksville Hot Sauce Company has thirteen sauces to choose from, inspired by international tastes.  Started in the 1970s by Paul Casey, and originally in Mississauga, the company is now located in Ancaster.  They strive to use local produce and natural ingredients.  Be sure to come into the shop and sample one of their sauces.BlackHeat

“Cooksville hot sauces are not just about heat. They are about flavors and we pride ourselves in offering original recipes that we have discovered on our travels around the world.”

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Hot Sauces 1 – How hot is this sauce

This is a common question asked as customers try to choose a product from our large selection of hot sauces. The answer is not that simple, yet at the same time is not complicated. The perception of heat is based on the threshold limit of the person eating the sauce. To some, popular grocery store products are very hot, but generally these are found at the bottom of the heat scale. On the other extreme, some people can easily consume a liberal amount of the hottest peppers known to the chili head community. Their tolerance has been built to such a level. So, basically, the heat level is fairly subjective. Keeping that in mind, there are many ways of comparing the heat between products. The most commonly used scale ranks sauces from 0 to 10, with 10 being the hottest. You will usually see the extreme sauces rate as “off the scale” or 10+++. I have found these ratings to be pretty reliable both within a product line and even, in most cases, between product lines.

There is a more scientific scale used, referred to the Scoville Scale created about one hundred years ago by Wilbur Scoville. This scale runs from 0 to 16 000 000 – from not spicy at all to pure capsaicin (the actual extract from chili that creates the heat). The number refers to the amount of dilution needed to essentially neutralize the heat.

Your own tolerance level increases the more you use these sauces. It is important to start at an intensity you can handle, and ratchet up the heat as you become accustomed to that level. It is probably best to avoid overstepping your comfort level; going too fast tends to ruin your meal and might keep you from wanting to progress. However, I have personally found the old adage, “no pain, no gain’, applicable to the learning art of chili appreciation.

At the shop, we carry a wide range of products, from beginners “Sauce for Sissies” to extreme sauces such as Dave’s limited Ghost Pepper reserve, Blair’s 3am and Black Mamba. Keep in mind that the sauce not only adds piquant to the meal, it also adds flavour. The type of pepper used as well as the blend of other ingredients creates a condiment that becomes integral to the tastes you are adding to your menu.

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chili heads take note!

deathsaucesall21The Shop For All Reasons is your source for hot products! We now carry Blair’s hot death sauces as well as Amiel’s Maritime Micro Brewery sauces from P.E.I. Add these to the hot BBQ sauces from Pappy’s, Wicked Gourmet and Stonewall, and we have quite a selection. Check our website for recipes and information in the coming weeks.