In this review, I will be writing about Mad Dog 357 Reaper Sriracha Sauce Distributed by Ashley Food Co., which is one of the newest sauces in the Mad Dog line. I recently received it from the fine folks at Hot Sauce Depot and was excited to give it a try.
The Mad Dog Sriracha was listed as Extreme on the heat scale, and I first put a bit onto a spoon to test the sauce without the distraction of other flavors. This sauce has Red Jalapeno puree, Cayenne puree, natural sugar, Carolina Reaper Pepper, garlic, and Xanthan Gum. Because of the stronger flavor profile, Mad Dog requires strong flavors in any dish. I would say it would require beef or perhaps some wild game, such as venison or boar meat. There is the slightly bitter after taste from the Carolina Reaper Pepper in this sauce, but having a meat that would hold up to the Carolina Reaper Pepper should counteract that. I would recommend using this Sriracha with a stir fry or other Asian dish, again using beef or wild game as the protein. It would have to be a dish that is innately spicy, such as General Tso’s Chicken, Mongolian Beef or Bulgoki with Kimchee immediately come to mind. If you are one of the people that are not a fan of the bitterness of the Reapers, I would also recommend a liberal use of soy sauce to help counteract the potential bitterness of the Reapers.
If it is a very hot sauce with you are looking for, the Mad Dog is the sauce for you as long as you are using it in a dish that has strong enough flavors to stand up to the intensity.
Overall, I would give it a For Heat’s Sake two thumbs up.