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The Smoking Tongue

September 09, 2005

Day 53: D.L. Jardine's Blazin' Saddle

Full Title: "Special Edition D.L. Jardine’s Texas Ranch Recipes Blazin' Saddle Habanero Pepper Sauce XXX Hot"

While stuck in the middle of Labor Day weekend, I was stuck at a mall for three hours. There was a Kitchen Supply store there, and it was my only chance of finding a new hot sauce. I hit pay dirt, finding a whole rack of different hot sauces. However, I quickly realized that I am now at the point where I need to lug around a list of all the hot sauces I’ve tried.

It’s not that I can’t remember if I’ve drank Tabasco yet, it’s just that on some brands I can’t remember for sure which flavors I’ve had. I also have an internal “Have I had this sauce ever in my life” list, and a “Tour de Hot Sauce” list. In this particular case, I knew I’ve had a Slap My Ass And Call Me Sally, but I don’t remember if I had that particular flavor.

So I had to leave behind half the stash there, but was able to take home 3 different D.L Jardine’s Hot Sauces. I’ve heard of this brand before, because long ago I tried their weak red vinegar sauce, “Texas Champagne”.

Luckily, these other sauces seemed much higher in quality. The consistency was thick, the smell was strong, and the flavor was much better.

Wow, that was toasty. The heat burned the back of my throat before I could say One-Mississippi. It lasted a good 2 minutes. Not only that, but my tongue and teeth had to traverse some habanero seeds. They are mighty hot.

I liked the flavor of the shot very much. The habanero is not only #1 on the ingredient list, it's also #1 on the flavor for this sauce.

To be honest, I had my doubts when lunch rolled around. I had the perfect hot sauce food for lunch that day. Coworkers declared that we were going to a Chicken Wing Joint instead. Never to turn down their famous Nuclear sauce on the wings there, I was curious what I was going to do with the bottle. It certainly didn’t belong on the chicken wing itself.

Luckily, their side order of French fries came with so much cheese, you had to eat it with a fork. This sauce went perfect with it, and believe it or not, I was actually sweating more from this sauce than the Nuclear wing sauce I eventually delved in to.

Now that’s what I call a picture! It’s so good, you have to beat your livestock away from it. I’d love to see a Super Bowl commercial based on more action like this. (Pictured borrowed from their web site) Thems Texans, I tell ya.

Tomorrow: Jamaica Hell Fire 4 In 1



  • Jardines' is right outside a Austin here. They import a sauce called "SONTAVA!" that I think is excellent. As a matter of fact I have a sneaking suspicion that "SONTAVA! XXX" is MARIE SHARPS relabeled. If I ever remember to do it, I'm gonna call Jardine's office and flat out ask em if that's the case.

    Anyway, Tounge, check out the "SONTAVA! XXX" if you can find it. I think you'll dig it.

    By Anonymous Chuk Hell, at 1:38 AM, September 16, 2005  

  • Hey, I've had Sontava! before. If I remember correctly, it's a pretty good habanero carrot type sauce.

    I bought it locally a few years ago, but I haven't seen it around lately. I'll keep my eyes open. It's definately worth having again.

    By Blogger Smoking Tongue, at 6:16 AM, September 19, 2005  

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