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

1- Red Label - Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce

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.  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 rooting 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.

Our review team for these hot sauces will be Arizona’s own, Derrick Wood, Revtommy2tone and his cohort Crimsonsteel, and finally back from a long hiatus, Steve Smith from Welcome back Steve! Before we get to their reviews, let’s learn a little about the Lucky Dog Hot Sauce company from the words of it’s creator, Scott Zalkind.

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce was my hobby for 6+ years. I recently 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 nom nom nom.

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’m making a lot of it!



How I started…

My mission is to produce the most balanced, flavorful and versatile hot sauces possible – ones that can be used on everything and appeal to all tastes from moderate to strong heat, without overpowering food. I have great respect for people who cook well and/or appreciate a good meal. The best compliment to Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is that people choose to use it liberally on their favorite dishes.

I believe in flavor above all else, which is why Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is created with savory fire-roasted hot peppers, sweet carrots, tangy vinegar, fresh onions, assorted dried peppers, and heaps of roasted garlic. It brings a complex taste with respectable heat. Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is truly Food’s Best Friend!

Lucky Dog Hot Sauces are all natural and are made with only the highest quality ingredients in a stunningly clean and modern production kitchen by experienced production chefs in beautiful Sonoma, California


Lucky Dog Hot Sauce proudly supports California farmers & local businesses. 

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is sublimely versatile and compliments a wide variety of cuisine, from the classic American cheeseburger to Indian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Mexican, Italian, Jamaican, Filipino, Greek, or Middle Eastern food.  Use Lucky Dog Hot Sauce liberally on anything, from chicken, fish, pork, and beef to pizza, eggs, sandwiches, potatoes, as an ingredient in your favorite recipes, on lasagna, vegetables, in soups, mixed with oil as spicy vinaigrette, in marinades, or mixed with mayonnaise as a spicy aioli or with melted butter for a wing sauce or veggie glaze – and much, much more!

Tops off an epic burger perfectly too!

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce is my hobby, my passion and my dream. Now I’m just living the dream. I thank you for trying Lucky Dog Hot Sauce and I welcome your feedback.
Scott Zalkind
Hot Sauce Guy & Founder, Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

Derrick Wood

Revtommy2tone & Crimsonsteel

Steve Smith

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce
Email:  lu**************@gm***.com
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4 thoughts on “REVIEW: Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Red Label Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce

  • April 12, 2013 at 1:14 am

    The further removed i get from filming this review, the more I find myself craving this hot sauce. The other sauces in my kitchen have been neglected and I think they are starting to feel left out. That’s what happens when a sauce like this walks in and takes over my meals.

    You guys got some great scores here and I think you deserve it.

  • April 12, 2013 at 2:25 am

    You guys all rock – thanks (yet again) for reviewing my sauces! I really appreciate your feedback. I’m psyched y’all tried my sauces on food, as that’s why I make them.

    The sauces open up more, and different flavors stand out depending on the type/style food.



  • April 12, 2013 at 8:45 am

    When I finished the review I put the sauce all over the rest of my Ham & Swiss before finishing it. I really love this sauce. Can’t wait to put it on more things. Thanks Lucky Dog!!!

  • April 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    ucky Dog Hot Sauce sent along all three of their sauces, but this one that I tried was the mild version of their hot pepper sauce. I actually think the labels on the front are well done, but I would make the kind of sauce (i.e. mild, medium, hot) more prominent on the front. It is stated on the back with a temperature barometer, , which is a nice visual addition. That being said, the bottle is eye-catching with the dog and the horseshoe, which might I add is a great attention-grabber because of the metallic-like usage throughout the front of the bottle.

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