Blair’s Original Death Sauce!
Posted by bronzechains on May 4, 2009
Just a friendly warning: the following isn’t so much a review, as it is a few paragraphs of me sucking the mighty shaft of the best hot sauce in the universe. Seriously, I have nothing bad to say about this stuff. So yeah, read on.
I first encountered Blair’s products a few years ago after ordering some online. Since then, I’ve yet to find a better hot sauce. And believe me, it’s not from a lack of trying. I’m a bit of a hot sauce connoisseur, and I’ve got quite a collection in my refrigerator.
The highlight of my collection, and of Blair’s line of sauces, is the Original Death sauce. This shit is, without a doubt, my favorite hot sauce EVER. I’ve never found a sauce that comes anywhere near this stuff in terms of flavor. It’s not the hottest sauce out there by any means, but it’s not supposed to be. Rest assured, Blair’s makes much hotter sauces. But this stuff is what I consider a “table sauce”, or a condiment. Some sauces are best used as an additive when cooking, because they’re just ridiculously hot when tasted “full strength”. Such is not the case with Blair’s Original. It works anywhere you’d use any other hot sauce, only better. Tacos, spaghetti, lasagna, burritos, grilled chicken, nachos…. These are all applications in which I’ve personally tested out this sauce. In my opinion though, this sauce is made for pizza. Seriously, throw some of this on your pizza and it becomes something entirely different. It does add a considerable kick in terms of heat, but the true star of this sauce is the robust flavor.
Garlic and fresh peppers. That’s the first thing that rocks your tastebuds. If you don’t care for garlic, then pass on this sauce. Because garlic is in full effect, fo sho. And while tomatoes aren’t listed in the ingredient list, I’m tasting them. However the taster interprets the flavors, there’s absolutely no denying that this sauce tastes fresh with a captial F. I think that the rest of the letters in the word should be capital, as well. So, it’s fresh with a capital F, R, E, S, and H. That’s how fresh it is. I want to use the word “fresh” a couple more times in this paragraph. Suck on that, high school English teacher. Back on track, perhaps? Yes. Blair’s Original has a flavor that is much more complex and eye-opening than most sauces. There’s just so much going on, you can’t ignore it. You might want to be careful when using this sauce on anything with a very mild or delicate flavor, because Blair’s sauce will slit said flavor’s throat and shove it out of the Captain’s chair, thus taking immediate command of the ship. Don’t let that scare you away, though. This sauce works well on foods with stronger flavors. Don’t be shy, either. Try a little bit of this on whatever pops up; you might be surprised. In addition to the amazingly garlicky garlic, you’ll find habanero, cayenne, and chipotle peppers are present and accounted for. Vinegar, lime juice, cilantro and “herbs and spices” round out the ingredient list. I’ve come close to believing that by “herbs and spices”, they mean crack cocaine. I can’t get enough of this sauce. Bonus for those who care about this kind of thing: Blair’s uses no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Another bonus: The bottle comes with a nifty little skull keychain.
One thing that irks me about many hot sauces is that they’re too watery. Not so with Blair’s. It’s considerably thicker than your standard Tabasco or Frank’s sauce, but not so thick that it won’t pour out of the bottle. The texture is thick and chunky, and has a tendency to keep it’s spicy ass where you put it.
In short, this is probably the best hot sauce ever made. It’s hot (but not too hot), flavorful, fresh-tasting, and has a great texture. It’s a little on the expensive side, but in the same way that a steak costs more than a McDonald’s hamburger. Better product, higher price. This stuff is worth every penny. A 5 oz. bottle costs 6 to 8 dollars, depending on where you buy it. And I won’t lie to you; you might go through the bottle pretty quickly. I know I do. I have to ration the stuff, or it’ll be gone in a week. The day I hit the lottery, you’d better believe I’ll be buying this stuff by the case.
You can buy Blair’s Original Death sauce from their official website, or several other online stores. I’ve also seen Blair’s sauces in specialty shops a few times. Your best bet is to order it from the source, though. Check out their website here. In addition to the Original sauce, you’ll find a ton of other sauces, spice rubs, potato chips, and collector’s sauces.