Ah, The Hippy Seed Company. How you sauces never disappoint. Your new AfterBurner sauce is probably the best one of your line to date!!!!!
AfterBurner Ingredients: Birdseye’s, Scotch Bonnet, seedless grapes, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, ginger, rock salt, peppercorns, lemon juice, bay leaves.
I think the label on this one needs a little time in the spot light. It’s very reminiscent of the See series of sauces (“See Spot Burn”, “See Jane on Fire”, See Dick Burn”), minimalistic, child like drawing. In the age of computer generated images on labels, it’s nice to see a bare bones design for a change.
But while simple as it is, it does have a bit of a sadistic mystery hidden in plane site. There is a person floating in space without a space suit. What’s the story behind this? Was there a mutiny in the ship and they threw the captain outside to die? Could it have been a case of Space Madness and someone went out for a brisk walk in the vacuum of space? Or perhaps the space ship turned on its After Burners to attempt a quick rescue of another ship but they were not in time and there’s nothing left but frozen, floating bodies and debris? A interesting story is behind this label, but until Neil chimes in, the mystery remains.
The sauce is a thick and blood red with some chunkiness to it and seeds. The taste? To die for! Right away the brown sugar combines with the grapes to form a beautiful symphony of sweet! If I had to guess, and I do, I would say Neil over at Hippy Seed used purple grapes by the taste of this. Up next is the Birdseye and trademark taste of the Scotch Bonnet. There is a slight side of the tongue grab from the lemon juice but not much. After the lemon I detect a slight bit of the salt mixed in with the garlic and then followed out by the peppercorns. What a combo of sweet, tangy, and pepper!
The back of the label says the heat is 8 out of 10. I would say that’s accurate if you not a chili-head. And since we’re all chili-heads here, I would label this as a smack dab medium. While it does have some Habanero heat it dies down pretty quickly. I found this was one of those “goes good on anything” sauces but predominantly mixed it in with tomato sauce for my “Famous Passow Pizzas”.
Taste: 9, Heat: 5</b