Consuming Fires Smoked Andouille Sauce
Key Attributes: Kind of a counterpart to Lucky Dog's Dia Del Perro, this South Carolina company's quirkiest smoked iteration (their straight-up Smoked Jalapeño merits mention as well) immediately brings your senses to a sticky southern bayou. And that's where some of the best cookouts rage year-round, so nothing wrong with that. And little misses the mark with this genuinely unique (a harder adjective to earn in hot-sauce circles these days) innovation, which smokes both salt and Fresno peppers, the latter of which excel in the kind of dank climate Consuming Fires calls home. Somehow, the resulting aroma recalls its namesake pork product, in large part thanks to apple juice as a sweetener, which catalyzes something inexplicably Creole in those blackened peppers and crystals. There is something undeniably novel here, but that flavor still tells a mighty compelling story.
Most Appropriate Usage: One could do some interesting things with various chilis and stews, and it'd be phenomenal with just about any traditional hungry-man breakfast. Nor would it be overkill if you've got actual Andouille on the grill. And call us crazy, but something about this sauce and grilled cheese never ceases to please.
Where You Can Buy It: Online (owner Ron Jones and his team are quick and responsive) and/or at assorted grocers, diners, and restaurants in the greater Greenville, SC, region.