Hot Sauce of the Month March 2018
Heartbreaking Dawns Jalapeno Pineapple Hot Sauce: March 2018
March's Hot Sauce of the Month, Heartbreaking Dawns Jalapeno Pineapple Hot Sauce, is unique because it's a green sauce with a fruity flavor profile. I find that most green sauces (made with Jalapeno peppers) really focus on bringing out the flavor of the Jalapeno itself, which is has a distinct fresh veggie taste to it, so I love the balance this sauce achieves by adding the sweet pineapple.
As far as heat is concerned, Heartbreaking Dawns Jalapeno Pineapple is definitely on the milder end of the spectrum at about a 3/10. This sauce has a special place in my heart because it was one of the first hot sauces I ever tried many years ago, and it really expanded my outlook on what a hot sauce can taste like. It's made with all-natural ingredients and is both gluten-free and vegan.
Who Makes It
Heartbreaking Dawns sauces were created by Chef Johnny McLaughlin and his wife Nicole. They started out making sauces just for themselves, family, and friends from what they grew in their garden, and they started selling their sauces in 2008. Chef Johnny has appeared on CNBC's "Crowd Rules!" as well as Food Network's "Chopped." If you want, you can learn more about Chef Johnny back from when I interviewed him here.
What It Tastes Like
Heartbreaking Dawns Jalapeno Pineapple Hot Sauce is light on heat but heavy on flavor as it combines a variety of pepper types in addition to fresh pineapples and pinepple juice. Although it keeps the heat to a minimum, this sauce also incorporates green and red Habanero peppers to round out the slighty fruity side of the flavor and balance out the Jalapenos and carrots. It's sweet without being sugary sweet.
Tip of the Month
Because Heartbreaking Dawns Jalapeno Pineapple is a green sauce (even though it's not EXACTLY green in color) AND a fruity sauce, that means that it's excellent with white meats, such as chicken, fish, and pork. I think of hot sauces in the same way that I think of wines: Red sauces pair best with red meats, and green sauces best complement lighter meats. I tried it with this scallops recipe that I found online and I highly recommend it!
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