cooking pumpkin in our smoker, rather than boiling or roasting it, to puree for pumpkin pie, bread, soup and other such pumpkin recipes. The smoker imparted a subtle, not overwhelming, smoky flavor while producing a very tender, not dried out or watery, pulp. The earthy, smoky flavor enhanced the "autumnal essence" of the pumpkin, and made for a mouthwatering maple-smoked pumpkin pie unlike any we'd ever eaten. Smoked pumpkin is definitely on our agenda -- and menu -- for this autumn and winter!
Having fallen in love with smoked pumpkin, I was delighted to find a one-of-a-kind gourmet hot sauce on the market that combines the distinctive flavor of pumpkin with the smoky-spicy flavor of chipotles. It also captures the essence of Fall with warm spices like cinnamon and cumin. A little bit sweet and a little bit savory, Sgt. Pepper's El Chipotle Picante Pumpkin Hot Sauce is exotic enough to intrigue even the most jaded palate, yet sufficiently reminiscent of homemade holiday cooking to enchant skeptical or picky eaters.
Made from the finest all-natural ingredients, this pumpkin hot sauce is sweetened with brown sugar (not HFCS) and relies on cider vinegar for its mellow tang -- there's no harsh white vinegar edge, and the texture is full-bodied not thin or watery. Enjoy Picante Pumpkin Hot Sauce with any and all robustly-flavored meats and poultry, especially if smoked, and it's a natural with Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham (or goose!) in all its glory. Try it on sweet potatoes, in soups, stew, chili, and rice & bean dishes. It's also surprisingly tasty over cheesecake or with a slice of pumpkin pie -- really!
Get ready for Thanksgiving and start stocking up for cooler weather cooking now, because the holidays will be here sooner than you think. Buy Sgt. Pepper's El Chipotle Picante Pumpkin Hot Sauce on sale from the Carolina Sauces online store.