Hot Sauce #2 – Jungle Jim’s Peachy Peach Hot Sauce Review

Jungle Jim's Peachy Peach Hot Sauce ReviewI have set a personal goal to try 10,000 hot sauces.  Hot Sauce #2 on the trip to 10,000 is Jungle Jim’s Peachy Peach Hot Sauce. See what I thought about this sauce and where you can get it for yourself.


Hot Sauce #2 – Jungle Jim’s Peachy Peach Hot Sauce

Since I started off this project with such an fairly common hot sauce — Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce — I thought I would go in entirely the other direction for my second post.

While some version of Tabasco can be found on the selves of practically every grocery, super-market and convenience store in America, as far as I know today’s sauce can be found in only one place, Jungle Jim’s International Market, in Cincinnati, OH. (UPDATE – Two places now. Jungle Jim’s has opened a second location, also in Cincinnati.)

Before I get to my review of Jungle Jim’s Peachy Peach Hot Sauce, though, let me tell you a little about Jungle Jim’s.

No, wait. Actually, I can do better than that.

This is the place I find 90% of my small batch sauces, so I need to tell you all about it in detail so the you can check it out, too.

For that, though, I will need an entire page to do it justice.

In fact, I think I will call it a Hot Sauce Hot Spot.  That’s kinda cool, no?

So CLICK HERE to read about the incredible Jungle Jim’s International Market.

Now as for the hot sauce…


Jungle Jim's Peachy Peach Hot SauceHot Sauce#2 – Jungle Jim’s Peachy Peach Hot Sauce Review

It took me quite a while to get my head around this sauce.

I know that probably sounds strange to you.  Heck, it sounds strange to me.

Let me tell you what I mean.

I bought this sauce expecting it to be sweet and sticky.  Most fruit hot sauces – pineapple, mango, cherry – are sweet and sticky, right?  And with a name like “Peachy Peach” what would you expect?  Sweet, sticky, peachy.  Right?

But it isn’t sweet at all. Or sticky.  It not even very “peachy.”

However, that doesn’t mean it’s not good.

I think my expectations clashing with my taste buds confused me and that’s why it took me more than a little while for my head to come around and to warm up to this sauce.

The flavor is mostly vinegar with a touch of spice.


Basketball, Brothers and BeerCan Chicken


Even though I did warm up to the sauce eventually (notice in the picture that the bottle is about 1/3 empty) I still wasn’t totally convinced.  So I decided to get a second and third opinion.

A few weeks ago, my brother, Todd, invited me and our parents over to his house to watch the Cards play Basketball on ESPNU (I don’t get the channel) and enjoy a couple oven-roasted BeerCan Chickens made by Mom (they don’t get the “U” either.)  Knowing I was gonna make this sauce #2 on my blog, I grabbed my bottle and took it with me…

Oven Roasted BeerCan Chickens

Oven Roasted BeerCan Chickens — on what looks to be a Frisbee.  Not sure where Mom picked up the large red plastic serving dish.  A yard sale probably.

….And didn’t solve a thing.

Todd thought it was horrible and needed several drinks to get the taste out of his mouth.

Dad thought is was wonderful and proceeded to drench every piece of chicken he ate in yellow goop.

For my part, I thought the chicken was the best thing I had tried it on yet.  I think that it might be even better as a marinade or a glaze grilled on the chicken.

Oh, and the Cards won!  So it was a good, good night.


My Ratings:

Taste: ★½☆☆☆  — Heat Level: ½☆☆☆☆  — Usability: ½☆☆☆☆ 

Information:

Selected Ingredients: Water, vinegar, sugar, salt, cayenne, garlic powder, paprika, tumeric

Where I got it: Jungle Jim’s International Market, Cincinnati, OH.

Their Website: Jungle Jim’s International Market


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