Review by James Fowkes @jamopepper review – Bottle kindly supplied by Burning Desire Foods
Brighton is where Burning Desire Foods hot sauce company calls home. Started in 2011 they have been making tantalizingly delicious hot sauces ever since. The sauces are all made in small batches with emphasis on both flavour and heat. Some are mellowed to develop a unique and distinctive flavour, slow cooked for a deep intensity, while others go straight for the chilli hit. All of the sauces are completely natural and vegan. Plus none contain any artificial colourings, flavourings, or preservatives.
2013 was a very exciting for Burning Desire, with a range of new products that came out in spring, and Jason also planed to expand into a larger kitchen and production unit. The chilli butters made a successful debut, as did a spice range. Both contributed to him being awarded Best UK Hot Chilli Company 2013. Burning desire is an ever expanding company and one to watch.
Jason has kindly provided me with a bottle of a sauce simply named ‘Chipotle’ with a description’ mild and Smokey Barbeque sauce’. I am lucky to have a bottle from the first batch to try.
The first and most obvious point to note on this sauce is the generous sized bottle. A giant 300ml double the size of most sauces available. With Chipotle sauces generally being moreish this is a good thing and also means you will get more chilli bang for your buck too.
All bottles in the Burning Desire range have similar label designs and similar shaped bottles so look great together as a set. This particular bottle is a slight exception to the rest of the range with its larger size. The bottle has the familiar logo on a deep red background the match the dark smoky goodness inside. You can also see that the sauce inside is a wonderful thick texture that I personally love in my sauces.
Ingredients: Tomato purée, cider vinegar, molasses, onion, apple juice, dark muscovado sugar, lemon juice, chipotle, garlic, mustard, onion powder, smoked garlic, thyme, rosemary and wild oregano.
You can’t go too wrong with a chipotle sauce. The chipotle comes from the Nahuatl word chilpoctli meaning “smoked chilli”, It is a chilli used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines and is simply a smoke-dried jalapeño. The deep smoky flavour you get from this process has you hooked from your first taste of one. Any good chilli company will have one of these sauces in their range. That said it is hard to stand out as a good chipotle sauce. You don’t want to mess with the flavour too much and often you don’t want to mess with the heat levels either. This level of sauce should be accessible to anyone in my opinion. Of course you can add in chipotle chillies into hotter sauces for that background flavour but this is a different type of sauce.
I must confess and apologise to Burning Desire foods. I have had this sauce for review for quire a while and every time I have opened it I get distracted by the taste and then forget to write the review so this is long overdue!
With the impressive long list of ingredients listed on the bottle I was concerned that the flavours would be lost in complexity. Particular note to me was the smoked garlic and also the rosemary, two strong and aromatic flavours that I love as part of my cooking. Opening the bottle you can sense the complexity of the flavours coming, the sauce smells and looks like a chipotle sauce, so far so good; the smoky aroma begins to build drawing you to the bottle, pouring myself a very generous spoon full it’s down the hatch. Many chipotle sauces are sticky with sugar; this sauce is sticky in a pulpy way giving the impression of more natural ingredients. The welcome familiarity of a chipotle sauce greets my taste buds, at the same time the complex ingredient list a fear would interfere with this familiarity begins to take shape. I can taste the smoked garlic and a number of the other flavours too. However rather than being a distraction I was pleasantly surprised that they added to the taste experience and before I knew it I was pouring myself a second spoon full and so never ending the loop began …
I’ll admit if questioned I would find it hard to select a favourite chipotle sauce from the wide selection on the market. In many senses they are all similar. I believe this sauce should be part of your collection. It may not end up being your favourite chipotle sauce but I can guarantee you will start finding food in your fridge just to pour it on so you can have another taste. On sever occasions my ‘open fridge door’ alarm was going off as I continued to munch while the fridge warmed up.
At £8 a bottle you may think this expensive but remember the bottle is 300ml so you are getting so much more for your money.
To purchase Burning Desire Foods’s Sauces, visit their website or if you prefer you can contact Jason direct at Burning Desire Foods Ltd, 45 Stanford Avenue, Flat A, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6GA; 01273 561555; firstname.lastname@example.org