Hot Sauce #4 – Bee Sting Honey n’ Habanero Pepper Sauce
I found this sauce years and years ago in Lotsa Pasta here in Louisville. It looked good, of course. So I bought a bottle, of course.
I tried it as soon as I got home. It was very good. But by the time I made it back to Lotsa Pasta to buy another bottle they were gone.
And they have never had it again.
I continued to check every time I visited and looked in other stores, too. I looked on the internet and couldn’t find it (admittedly this was VERY early on — around ’96 I think.)
I didn’t even find it at Jungle Jim’s the first few times I visited.
Then, I did.
On my last trip to Cincy and Jungle Jim’s I found not one, not two — but three different Bee Sting Sauces.
Which is good — because, after all this time, I honestly didn’t remember exactly which one I had had all those years ago.
So, of course, I bought all three. 🙂
And this one, Honey Habanero Pepper Sauce, is the one I have been looking for.
I knew as soon as I tasted it that Bee Sting Honey n’ Habanero Pepper Sauce was the one I remember from 20 years ago. There is nothing wrong with the other 2 Bee Sting Sauce’s I bought. In fact they are both very good and I will write about them soon.
But Bee Sting Honey n’ Habanero Pepper Sauce is the one I have been searching for.
In fact, and I really hate to say it, this is the taste I was hoping that The Honey Hot Sauce I bought off the street in Chicago and wrote about last post was going to have. They look alike and they are both sweet and hot.
But Bee Sting Honey n’ Habanero Pepper Sauce has a much thicker and more flavorful sweetness at the beginning and almost as much heat at the end. The heat is not quite as intense as most hab sauces and does fade pretty quickly. The flavor, however, tends to stick around longer on the tongue than most sauces.
Bee Sting Honey n’ Habanero Pepper Sauce isn’t all natural like The Honey Hot Sauce. It does have corn syrup (Yuck!) and a couple of long words at the end of the ingredients. But the majority of the ingredients are natural — honey, carrots, cane vinegar (?), habaneros, cayenne, onion, lemon and pepper.
I really enjoy just eating this on bread or biscuits. It’s like a really hot pepper jelly or marmalade. It’s perfect for a after-work snack or even with breakfast.
I have also used it often as a dipping sauce for chicken or shellfish.
I tried it as a glaze for chicken wings and was disappointed with the results.
The major (only) problem I have with using it as a glaze for chicken or seafood is one of cost and supply. A 5 oz. bottle doesn’t go very far when you start coating an entire grilling chicken or brushing it on split lobster tails.
I will work on creating a recipe that uses Bee Sting Honey n’ Habanero Pepper Sauce with other ingredients for grilling so it will go further.
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Ingredients: Corn syrup, water, honey, carrots, corn vinegar, sugar, corn starch, habanero peppers, onion, lemon juice, cayenne peppers, salt, garlic and black pepper, with .1% sodium benzoate & ascorbic acid (vitamin C) as preservatives.
Where I got it: Jungle Jim’s International Market, Cincinnati, OH
Their Website: http://www.halfmoonbaytrading.com/
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