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Heartbeat Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce

September 05, 2018

   Heartbeat Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce is a one-of-a-kind product. There are some great blueberry-based hot sauces on the market, each with varying uses. Most of the ones I have come across and enjoyed would be categorized as fruity and sweet, with the intention of using it as a topping on not only meat dishes, but also pancakes, ice cream, and other desserts. What we have here with this sauce is an all-natural product which offers only a tad of sweetness, a light tang, and a whole lot of full-bodied flavour. Using only simple, high quality ingredients, Heartbeat Hot Sauce has made a sauce that uses beer and fermented habanero peppers. It’s not a combination that one would expect when thinking of a blueberry-based hot sauce, and it works so well! Given that this is an all-natural product, there are of course no added preservatives, thickening agents, or even water! What’s more, it also comes in a squeezy bottle, making it easy to pour on your favourite meals!

   Blueberries are the main ingredient, with their sweet tartness carrying the overall flavour.  Though not adding much flavour, the use of bell peppers is a fresh way to balance out the consistency of the other ingredients. The onion and garlic with their subtle zing work perfectly with the lightly hoppy and malted taste of the ale. Distilled vinegar not only regulates the acidity of the sauce but also complements the tang of the fermented red habaneros. These peppers bring a subtle, citrusy heat. Sugar is a key ingredient here, and in my opinion, just the right amount is used. This is meant to be a full-bodied, bold flavoured sauce with minimal sweetness so that the main ingredients can be noticed and appreciated. Lime juice adds a citrusy edge to a sauce that already has a nice tang going on from the blueberries and fermented peppers. Canola oil is added to bind the ingredients together and make for a smooth consistency, while a small amount of Kosher salt ensures that it has just enough seasoning.  Forgotten Lake Blueberry Ale provides that beer taste that many of us love with its medium body, notes of citrus, sweet aroma of malt, and light blueberry finish.

   With regards to heat, I would give this one a 2 out of 10. It’s quite mild given the combination of sweet and savoury ingredients, and the fact that the peppers are fermented, which tends to mellow the heat a bit. I would confidently say that no matter what your heat tolerance, if you enjoy the main ingredients in this sauce, your tolerance for spicy shouldn’t be too much of a problem. As I always say to customers, it’s not only the heat of the sauce that counts, it’s also how much of it you use at a time and whether you’re cooking with it or not; because as we know, when you cook your meal with this sauce, the heat goes down to a certain extent. Whether you’re just getting into hot sauces or are a big chile head like myself, if this flavour profile grabs your attention…grab a bottle!

   Heartbeat Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce is not only great as a table sauce, it’s great as a marinade, grilling sauce, or glaze. This sauce pairs amazingly with red meats, a side of cheese such as brie, camembert, or cheddar, and any dish that could use a bold and tangy sweet kick! I would recommend enjoying it as a marinade or glaze for beef tenderloin, pork chops, oven-roasted duck, baby back ribs, lamb chops, crispy chicken thighs, pulled pork or beef tacos, roasted vegetables, and chicken or tofu brochettes! It also works great in stews, burgers, and is fantastic when glazed on salmon, trout, or even on a tuna steak! You could even mix this sauce in with either balsamic vinegar or red wine and reduce it to a thick glaze! The flavours of both ingredients would shine through and be perfect on all your meats, salads, and more!  

If you enjoy the taste of ale and the fresh, tart sweetness of blueberries along with a subtle kick, then this sauce is definitely for you! Come by one of our store locations and give Heartbeat Blueberry Hot Sauce a try!

As always, Stay on the spicy side of life!

Alexis




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