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If you like your ‘cue sauce hot, play with these fires

Some like it hot... Others like it hotter.
Some like it hot... Others like it hotter. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Can there be enough barbecue in summertime Sacramento? We think not.

To that end, part of my June 16 Food & Drink section story on backyard grilling rated six ‘cue sauces that a panel of tasters liked a whole lot. Now I’m following that with two more, but these have an emphasis on heat.

We found the pair in the Williams-Sonoma store in the Galleria center in Roseville and couldn’t resist. The list price is $12.95 apiece, but they were on a mark-down table, so we got $2.59 knocked off each jar.

The mango-habanero is “a bold blend of sweet mangoes, fiery habanero chiles and Jamaican jerk spices.” Our tasters found a lot of interesting flavors. “I can actually taste the mango,” said one. “The jerk seasonings really come through (ginger, allspice and tamarind among them),” said another. “It’s a perfect balance of heat and sweet,” a third remarked.

The ghost chili-garlic version was “over the top” for one taster. “This is a novelty sauce I would serve on the side once in awhile,” a second said. The third, a heat-lover, said, “It’s about time a so-called hot barbecue sauce showed some soul.”

The labeling reads, “The bhut joloka, also known as the ‘ghost chili,’ clocks in at over a million Scoville units, making it the hottest pepper in the world.”

Actually, the Carolina reaper has tested as high as 2.2 million units on the Scoville heat scale. But for sanity’s sake, the Ghost Chili-Garlic sauce is hot enough for us.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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