Hot Sauces #85 – 90 – More March 2014 Hot Sauces

Taco Punk Hot Sauces - Hot Salsa Roja, Mild Salsa Roja, Pineapple Habanero and Salsa VerdeIn addition to the sauces I have already listed, I added these 6 new hot sauces to my list in April.  They come from 2 different restaurants and a co-worker’s husband — who must be crazy to eat the one he had.

Hot Sauces #85 – 88 – Taco Punk Hot Sauces

Taco Punk is a new age taco place that has recently opened up in the revamped NuLu area of Louisville. It’s serves fancy tacos that are a little too pricey for what you get, in my opinion. But, I will admit, the pork and shrimp tacos I had were pretty tasty. And they have 4 pretty decent hot sauces set out to dress them up with.

In the photo at the top of this post, from left to right:

  • Hot Sauce #85 – Taco Punk Hot Salsa Roja
  • Hot Sauce #86 – Taco Punk Mild Salsa Roja
  • Hot Sauce #87 – Taco Punk Pineapple Habanero
  • Hot Sauce #88 – Taco Punk Salsa Verde

The Pineapple Habanero is by far the best.

One disappointment — They have a 5th hot sauce that they don’t set out, you have to ask for it specially. It is called Gabe’s Drain Cleaner and it is supposedly super-hot. Here is what the menu says about it — “Gabe’s Drain Cleaner: An insane Hell broth of fresh & dried chilis. The ultimate satisfaction for the heat junkie. So hot we keep it behind the counter. Yo!”  I asked for some, naturally, and was told they were out. I guess I’ll have to go back for at least one more over-priced taco so I can try again.

UPDATE – I went back, had a couple more tacos, and they were out of Drain Cleaner again.

UPDATE 2 – I went back, had a couple more tacos, and they were out of Drain Cleaner again. Maybe it’s just a myth.

UPDATE 3 – Taco Punk has closed up. I stopped in on their last day and, you guessed it, they were out of Drain Cleaner again. I guess it will just be one that got away.

Their Website: is gone. — Here is their old Yelp page if you are interested:

You can also check out my visits on Foodspotting if you are interested –

J. Gumbo's Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce #89 – J. Gumbo’s Hot Sauce

A Louisiana-Style hot sauce that tasted just right on my crawfish étouffée.

J. Gumbo’s is a local Louisville chain that sells bowls of rice with Cajun sauces on top — étouffée, jambalaya, bourbon street chicken, red beans & rice, etc. — in a very casual atmosphere. (That’s the best I can do for a description. If you like, click the website link below, check them out and give me your attempt in the comments section.) They started out in 2005 in a little building on Frankfort Avenue that used to be a dairy. It was called Gumbo A Go-Go! back then and I went there many times with my GF and son when he was swimming competitively. I have fond memories of those nights.

They are in 11 states now. I am glad to see them have so much success.

  • Hot Sauce #89 – J. Gumbo’s Hot Sauce

Their Website:

Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper

Hot Sauce #90 – Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

We had a Chili Day at work.  I usually associate chili with Fall, not Spring. But it was a good idea and fun time anyway.  We could invite our relatives, if we liked and my coworker, Maggie, invited her husband, Dan.  He brought this sauce along. I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to try a new sauce, so I asked him for a little. He was kind enough to oblige.

Besides the Ghost Pepper it also contains Pepper Extract and it is as ridiculously hot as you would expect something called Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce to be.

Way too hot for me to enjoy.

  • Hot Sauce #90 – Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

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