Taking Hot Sauce By The Tail
My current go-to hot sauce isn’t the hottest I’ve ever tried, but it does an excellent job of blending flavor with heat. I first found Raspberry Scorpion at a wonderful little taco joint in Omaha, NE called Voodoo Taco. They offer a wide variety of tacos with something for virtually every taste, but my personal favorite is the Green Ghost Pork taco. It’s not a taco for the faint of heart in the first place, boasting shredded pork braised with Ghost chili peppers, green chilies, diced onions, and Asadero cheese. After my first taco, I went back for a second and asked for a side of the Ghost pepper sauce they made it with… it just wasn’t as spicy as I wanted! The helpful employee recommended I add Raspberry Scorpion hot sauce instead. One bite and I was hooked. I bought a bottle on the spot, and it’s been my go-to ever since. Even better, it turns out that Raspberry Scorpion is made by a company called Volcanic Peppers, based very close to Omaha in Bellevue, NE.
But what’s so great about Raspberry Scorpion? Well, first of all, it’s made with Trinidad Scorpion peppers. Trinidad Scorpion peppers weigh in at a whopping 1,200,000+ SHU, or roughly 500 times hotter than TOBASCO® sauce, and twelve times hotter than a Habanero pepper! This scorching heat is balanced out beautifully by the raspberries and peaches used as the base of the hot sauce. Even better, this hot sauce is a smoky, natural flavor rather than the overwhelming vinegar flavor present in so many hot sauces. When you first taste it, Raspberry Scorpion tastes almost sweet, with the heat building up to bite you after the fact.
Raspberry Scorpion isn’t thin like TOBASCO® sauce, but it’s certainly not a salsa either. It’s somewhere around the consistency of steak sauce, not runny like most vinegar-based sauces. Additionally, it has a bit of texture to it; not a ton, but the raspberry makes an appearance when you pour it. All in all, this rounds out to a beautiful, flavorful hot sauce that isn’t overpowering as long as you use it sparingly. As for Mad Dog 357? Who knows! Hopefully I’ll get to try it soon!