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The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards Winners Announced!

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

Member Since 03 Jan 2012
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#1424053 Attention Hot Sauce companies - scumbag alert

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 20 February 2017 - 06:49 PM

Update: I want to clarify something....when I suggested the awards lacked credibility, I did so at my own expense. I had a 1st place Award and a division champion award from the 1st year they were hosted.

I hate that I have to disregard those wins.

Also, I would never suggest, imply or assert that the winners of any of these awards were in any way undeserving. I'm sure all of the products that won were of high quality.

In a sense, that's why it is so easy to get away with running a shady awards show. If some sort of corruption is exposed, the people who have the most to lose are the winners. So people remain silent, even if they know their award is from a shady event.

On the bright side of things, I've spoken with a great number of vendors who were able to get their $ back from their credit card companies. Haven't seen the follow up from those who paid with checks.


#1420663 Serious Eats HS List

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 13 February 2017 - 05:33 PM

The Derailer has struck again.

Spoiler


You've just been itching for a reason to use the spoiler code.:dance:


#1420507 Serious Eats HS List

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 13 February 2017 - 11:19 AM

Good god this topic went south in a hurry. :rofl:


#1418788 The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS!

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 09 February 2017 - 12:13 PM

 
Thank you for TIP I try to contact them.
 
 

They don't carry non-commercial products. Not sure where you are but in the United States shelf stable acidified products are highly regulated. It is illegal to sell anything that hasn't been made in a licensed commercial kitchen, with products that are FDA compliant and that have been cleared by the health dept.


#1418657 Kenji López/Serious Eats lists Thr Food Lab's Top 30 Hot Sauces (in no pa...

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 09 February 2017 - 02:19 AM

 
 
If we're gonna keep it real like this, we need to add either Taco Bell mild, hot, or fire.


That's a one horse race, with Fire by 14 lengths. ;)


#1418647 Kenji López/Serious Eats lists Thr Food Lab's Top 30 Hot Sauces (in no pa...

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 09 February 2017 - 01:23 AM

LD, I ordered a squeezable YOTD off heat a few days ago bc I have been on a dumpling bender.
 
To be honest I didn't think that sauces like Franks and Valentina deserve mentioning because they're basically all salt, vinegar and preservatives, but it's a solid list.


I actually think those two validate that it's not a snobby pretentious foodie list - Kenji said it's his 30 favorite.

Who among us doesn't have a bottle of Tapatio on hand? I respect that he's keeping it real with those entries.
:)


#1418575 The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS!

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 08 February 2017 - 08:57 PM

Thanks LDHS, I'm very happy with that one. If you're ever up for a sauce swap let me know. I've been dying to give your sauces a shot.


Will keep that in mind for sure - I've got about 100+ unopened right now and it feels a bit extreme hoarder-Ish, but once I whittle down the shelf a bit I'd be down. :)


#1418492 The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS!

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 08 February 2017 - 06:41 PM

Wow! We are thrilled to be honoured with so many awards! 14 in total, including 7 first place.
 
Especially the Best Overall Hot Sauce, and the Best Product Line Awards! Very happy for those.
 
Thanks to the THP community for all your support over the last few years, and congrats to all our fellow winners!


Congrats on the overall THPA! Well done.


#1418455 The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS!

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 08 February 2017 - 05:07 PM

Thanks for the Spicetme Achievement Award!

Very cool - was on a bit of a limited budget this year, so happy to have placed in 2 of the 3 categories I entered.

Thanks for hosting THP!

Congrats to all the winners!


#1418253 What's my next step?

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 08 February 2017 - 12:24 AM

In most states, shelf stable acidified hot sauce has to be made in a licensed cannery by or under the guidance of a licensed canner. It's why many of us use copackers.

Check your state's regs - you may not be as licensed as you need to be. ;)


#1418057 Hot Filling with Plastic Bottle

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 07 February 2017 - 12:56 PM

Hello! 
 
I'm hoping to gather more information on what people are doing in order to package hot sauce into LDPE or HDPE bottles. We've been using glass, but for looks and function, we're hoping to make the switch over to a plastic cylinder bottle. Our process authority has given us a lower limit temperature of 180F for bottling our sauce. The issue I'm running into is that all the packaging companies I've spoken to recommend a hot limit for HDPE of 179 or 180F. Bottling right at the limit seems ok, but in practice it is still to hot for the plastic and is causing the bottles to become misshapen. It also doesn't allow for any wiggle room. Has anyone else run into this issue? Is there a method of "hot packing" that isn't as hot?
 
I've noticed Secret Aardvark and Lucky Dog are in a similar bottle to what we would like to use - wondering if anyone knows how they do it? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
 
Six Acre Team!


I've abandoned the plastic squeeze bottles.

Too many were "paneling" (sucking in due to the vacuum)

The way around that is to hot fill, invert, then use a water bath to cool the product so that the plastic cools and hardens. Note: it's not melting, it just gets softer when filled with 185 degree liquid.

Different states have different hot fill temperature regulations. Some folks with their own kitchens may be filling a little cooler than required or using the water bath technique.

Since I have a copacker, neither option was attractive. So I moved back to glass.

Good luck!


#1418055 Tioze - Our label - would love some feedback

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 07 February 2017 - 12:53 PM

The size is still huge and sticks out... there's no point in screaming 250 ML!!!!! That should be tiny, the website size.


Actually the size of the net weight statement is a regulatory compliance issue.

There's a thing on the FDA website about it being proportional to overall label size.

That's why the statement on a cereal box is huge. Huge box.

Hard to tell from the photos and I'm not an expert in the regulations, but you can't just make it tiny because it's obvious it's a big bottle. Still gotta have a proportional net weight statement. It's a Dept of Weights & Measures thing.
;)

To the label, I may be in the minority but I like the look of the original label (the one THP posted) - of the new versions the red outline is much easier on my eyes.

That yellow on green is hard for me to look at. While it pops, my eyes go all blurry and I can't read what's on the label. Readability is important. Yellow/green in those day glow colors is tough take in.

I like the cool rooster logo though.


#1417769 National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show 2017

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 06 February 2017 - 07:47 PM

March 3-5, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gave a heads up to the friends to pick up some Lucky dog hot  sauce. Hope those attending have a great time! Cheers! :cheers:


Thanks broseph!


#1417582 Kenji López/Serious Eats lists Thr Food Lab's Top 30 Hot Sauces (in no pa...

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 06 February 2017 - 12:05 PM

So great to see a list with so many small makers on it, including a few THPA winners!

I'm honored to make the list (and to be the only company with more than one entry!)

Check it out for a list of excellent sauces (a few big brands, but mostly small batch stuff)

http://www.seriousea...comments-300428


#1417025 The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - Call For Entries!

Posted by Lucky Dog Hot Sauce on 05 February 2017 - 02:23 PM

Wednesday it is! Actually very happy to read that news. Thanks boss!

Though the suspense is killing me.