Grapes of Wrath Hot Sauce from High River Sauces is a creatively distinctive and delicious hot sauce developed specifically to spice up your holiday cooking with the right balance of gourmet flavor and peppery heat. It is NOT your typical one-dimensional, overly vinegary hot sauce found in supermarkets and mass-produced in a huge factory. Think of it as a craft or artisan sauce, the brainchild of a small hot sauce business devoted to making unique, high-quality hot sauces using only the best ingredients available.
As the name suggests, Grapes of Wrath is made from the fruit of the vine, i.e., grape juice and Cabernet wine, blended with select fiery chilies, namely red habaneros and scorpion peppers. Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, brown sugar and ginger add a seasonal warmth and mellowness that pairs wonderfully with Thanksgiving meals and Christmas dinners, Hanukkah celebrations, New Year's Eve buffet spreads and other festive cold-weather dining. Luscious hints of bright fruit come from the inspired addition of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and pineapple.
But perhaps the most unusual and astounding ingredient in this delightful hot sauce is pickled red cabbage. Yes, you read those last three words correctly: pickled, red, cabbage. No, I have no idea how anyone would come up with the crazy idea of adding that to a hot sauce -- perhaps it was initially a prank? -- but shockingly, and to my relief, it works. No, the sauce does not taste like pickled cabbage. In fact, I never would have guessed that there was any cabbage, pickled or otherwise, in Grapes of Wrath. I'm just taking their word for it upon reading the label. I suspect that this "secret ingredient" provides the sauce's well-balanced tang without the harshness of vinegar, while the cabbage gives the sauce its robust body and texture.
If you or any of your holiday guests enjoy a good hot sauce and have been wondering how to add a bit of zesty flavor and fire to Thanksgiving dinner or other holiday meals, I highly recommend Grapes of Wrath Hot Sauce for your table or buffet spread. Buy a bottle now while it's on sale at the Carolina Sauces online store -- and order a few more as stocking stuffers for Christmas.