REVIEW: Lucky Dog – Year of the Dog

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Year of the Dog – Thai Chile Pineapple Hot Sauce, 8 OZ

Year of the Dog Thai chile pineapple hot sauce may well be Lucky Dog’s best sauce to date. Pronounced pineapple overtones blend seamlessly with the sublime flavor of red Thai chiles in a surprisingly savory fruit-based hot sauce.

Never one to shy away from complex flavor profiles, Lucky Dog Hot Sauce’s Year of the Dog attempts to redefine what a pineapple hot sauce can be.

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Friends doing it with Local & Farm Fresh Food

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Shellie Mierwald

Two Hot Sauce Companies with a Passion for Local up for National Prestigious Award

Recently the finalists were announced for the 2016 Good Food Awards. The Good Food Awards is a prestigious award in the food community that honors local makers, farmers, artisan food producers, etc. that are committed to using as much local product as possible, and are committed to using a sustainable food source to produce their unique products. They received 1,937 entries for various categories this year, and the winners will be announced Friday, January 15, 2016, at a gala Awards Ceremony at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco.

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1st Annual CA Hot Sauce Expo Review

My experience as a vendor at the 1st Annual California Hot Sauce Expo, 2015
By Scott Zalkind, Owner/Operator/Hot Sauce Guy/Towel Folder/Recipe Creator/Visionary/Custodial & Recycling Engineer, and resident hot sauce geek at Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

After vending at the 2014 NY Hot Sauce Expo, when Steve Seabury announced that there would be a California Hot Sauce Expo I could not send in my application fast enough. I didn’t know where the event would be, which other vendors would be there, or how many tickets would sell – and frankly I didn’t care. New York was an amazing time. Connecting with so many of the great sauce makers out there, and sampling my own products to an entirely new demographic makes for a fantastic weekend. The prospect of doing so in a stunning California location in July was even more appealing. I was in from the word “go!” – Steve Seabury throws a hell of a party. Also, it should be noted here, I have a personal ban on “1st year” anything – I’ve been burned several times in the past from such events, but this was the exception to the rule.

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Fiber Joe Interviews Lucky Dog Hot Sauce at the 27th Annual Fiery Foods Show

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Lucky Dog Hot Sauce was my hobby for 7+ years. In 2005 I started developing recipes in my kitchen & on the back yard grill. And in June of 2012 I turned it into a small business due to overwhelming demand. I simply could not keep up with all of the people who gobbled it up so fast! Every batch I made, I’d have none left for myself – which was kind of depressing since that’s why I started making it in the first place. So now I’ve found a commercial kitchen to work with and I’m making a lot of it! My goal is simple: always innovate, never imitate.

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REVIEW: Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Orange Label Hot Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce

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This is our 3rd and final review for Lucky Dog Hot Sauce. So far on the first 2 reviews of the medium and mild versions of these fire-roasted pepper hot sauces, Lucky Dog has hit some amazing review scores. Two perfect 5 flaming heart scores and a nearly perfect 4 1/2 score for the 1st review of the medium Red Label and the Green Label did pretty darn good too with two 4 1/2 and a 4 with the 4th reviewer giving both sauces a very good 3 1/2 score too. Will the Orange Label hotter version be as successful with our review team? Only time will tell. Our review team consists of Steve “2Hot2Eat” Smith, Revtommy2tone and his partner Rick Averyt, and last but not least, Derrick Wood. To see the first 2 reviews click on each name below:

1- Red Label
2- Green Label

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REVIEW: Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Green Label Mild Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce

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We are at our 2nd review for Lucky Dog Hot Sauce. The first one was for their Red Label Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce. The main difference between these two hot sauces is the habanero which is not present in this jalapeno & serrano pepper blend. Hence the reason we go from medium to mild in the heat level. Mind you though there are plenty of people out there that consider jalapeno and serrano peppers medium, so to each their own. The Red label got awesome reviews including 2 perfect and 1 nearly perfect scores from 3 out of our 4 reviewers. Will this one live to the lofty expectations of it’s brother? One has to watch to find out. Our review team once again is Revtommy2tone and his bud Crimsonsteel which might be shedding that monicker for his real alter ego Rick Averyt. Plus we have Derrick Wood and Steve “2Hot2Eat” Smith.

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REVIEW: Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Red Label Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce

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From the age of 5 all the way until I was 21, I had a dog named Lucky. I loved my dog very much, and when you grow up with a dog that many years he is more than family, more than your protector, he truly is your best friend. You can see that 16 years went by, and in dog years that is 112 years old. So in reading about Lucky Dog Hot Sauce as you will see below, their company is named after their beloved dog named Lucky. So right there I am rooted for positive reviews from our team. Lucky Dog Hot Sauce presently has 3 styles, starting with the red label which is their medium fire-roasted which a balanced blend of habanero, serrano and jalapeno peppers. Next week we will review their green label which is their mild version of fire-roasted chiles, but the cayenne pepper replaces the habanero. Then in week 3 we will review their last hot sauce, the orange label which is their hot fire-roasted chile version using cayenne, jalapeno, serrano and a heavy dose of orange habanero to kick it up a notch to three. They are in the process of making an even hotter version they will call their black label which will be an extra hot, extra garlic sauce.

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