Newsflash: It's official: All 3 flavors of Big John's Famous Key West Hot Sauces are now officially sold out at the Carolina Sauce Company, and we can't get any more as our supplier is also out and the manufacturer has discontinued production. It's a shame, because these handcrafted, flavor-packed tropical hot sauces were really quite tasty. But don't despair: If you're craving some hot sauce from sunny Florida, I can recommend some good ones to help fill the void created by Big John's demise. Here are some of my favorites:
*Kato's Down South Hot Sauce, made in the classic style with scotch bonnet peppers in a straightforward vinegar base, so you get the true flavor and fire of the peppers without altering the flavors of your food.
*Dat'l Do It Devil Drops and Dat'l Do It Hot Sauce, both featuring the rare datil pepper that grows only in St. Augustine, Florida. The Devil Drops are a fiery Caribbean style (vinegar & carrot base) hot sauce that gets a touch of sweetness from mangos and sugar, making it a nice substitute for Big John's Mango Fandango Hot Sauce. The slightly tamer Dat'l Do It Hot Sauce is a thicker, tomato-based and honey-sweetened sauce that doubles as a fiery and flavorful condiment for burgers, fries, meatloaf, and even sausage and eggs!
*Hog's Breath Key West Hot Sauces from the famous Hog's Breath Saloon in Key West. These are the table sauces available at the restaurant, including the original Red hot sauce made with a secret blend of peppers in a simple vinegar base, the green Jalapeno hot sauce that's enhanced with garlic, and the fiery Extra-Hot sauce that's not only hotter than the original red but also offers more complex flavors thanks to the addition of worcestershire sauce and other savory ingredients.
Can't get enough of the flavors of Florida, but don't have the cash to visit the sunshine state anytime soon? Then try our Florida Flavors Gift Set, featuring a bottle of the locally famous Rumboggies BBQ Sauce (a mustard-based barbeque sauce) as well as a couple of the hot sauces mentioned above, all at a discount off the regular price if each sauce was purchased separately. And if you're craving fruity hot sauces, you can't go wrong with any of the Maui Pepper Co. Hot Sauces, including a uniquely delicious hot sauce made with apples and rum!