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Apr 14, 2002 03:11 PM

Dave's Insanity Hot Sauce Reaction

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Thanks to the helpful pointers from those sages of hot sauce Tom Steele and The Rogue, this heat loving hot sauce novice has gotta say, Dave's Insanity has some powerful mojo. I used to think that I was a seasoned veteran of all things hot, but oh how wrong I was.

While on the Napa Road Trip last week, (see postings on the California board) my shipment of nectar from Dave's Gourmet Foods arrived at the old homestead. It was too late when the Mrs. and I arrived home Friday night/Saturday morning for any family member to dine, except for a ration of Pounce Cat Treats for Binky. I sure am glad that I refrained from cracking open that bottle of Dave's Insanity sauce then, I would have never been able to sleep afterwards had I done so.

So the first opportunity for a sauce tasting was Saturday evening, after a run to In-N-Out. The In-N-Out fries were starting to cool and get mushy by the time I got them home, so I figured a shot of Dave's would liven them up. I did read the instructions on the bottle, and contrary to my practice with say, Tabasco, I just dripped one teeny tiny little drop of Dave's on a fry. I pop'd that little chile infused sucker in my mouth and immediately stood at attention. That stuff is HOT! One little miniscule drop of that stuff and my tongue, mouth and throat felt like they had been in an altercation with six burley cops wielding industrial sized cans of the world's hottest pepper spray. That wonderful burn, from that one drop of Dave's lasted through a can and a half of Canfield's Diet Chocolate soda.

I have new found respect for those 'hounds who are masters of the hot sauce universe. This experience has exposed me to a new level of hotness, I only hope I am up to the challenge. That bottle of Dave's Insanity is presently "cooling" in the refrigerator, I hope it doesn't bust the compressor.

I also acquired for my saucy inventory a bottle of Dave's Total Insanity hot sauce, which is claimed by Dave's to actually be lower on the hotness scale than Dave's regular Insanity sauce, but with the addtion of garlic. To round things out I also obtained a bottle of Dave's Badlands Barbeque sauce. I can't wait to try the hot sauces on some soup or a bowl of chili, and to slather on the BBQ sauce on some smoked meat.

I salute all of you real hot sauce mavens out there, this saucy introduction has expanded my life experience by a magnitude greater than 10 on the Richter scale, if if hasn't reduced my life expectancy by 10 years.

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  1. Have some hot sauce every day and you will live a full and longer life. (Or at least it will feel that way)

    Actually I read some research once that said that hot foods are good for your heart and circulatory system.

    Maybe it's the instant workout.

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    1. re: The Rogue

      I read the same thing, it's attributed to the capascin (or however you spell it).

      1. re: Chino Wayne

        I always have trouble with that darn word too. Capsaicin... the hot in chili's... I just noticed on the label of Daves sauce... "Also, strips waxed floors and removes driveway grease stains. Shake well and Good Luck!"

        Capsaicin is good stuff... used in creams for skin and arthritus... just don't get it mixed up with your hemorhoid cream.

        Capsaicin is used to help relieve a certain type of pain known as neuralgia . Capsaicin is also used to temporarily help relieve the pain from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

        The following are some excerpts from a Cornell biologists musings on Capsaicin:

        Pure capsaicin is a dark red solid, insoluble in water, but soluble in oils (vegetable and mineral) and ethyl alcohol (that's "grain" alcohol--the kind we drink). Pure capsaicin melts at 65°C (149°F) and boils at 210-220°C (410-428°F). The melting point explains why a peppery dish is even better when it's good and warm--the capsaicin is melted and more able to permeate your mouth.

        Capsaicin is registered by the USDA as a repellent against dogs, birds, voles, deer, rabbits, and tree squirrels, and for use as an insect toxicant and repellent. In 1991, it was reclassified by the EPA as a biochemical pesticide. (But non-toxic and allowed to have residue on foods)

        It is also the active ingredient in Zostrix-brand medical products and is currently being researched to treat bladder inflammation.

        And a whole bunch of other stuff as listed on this site.


        1. re: The Rogue

          Cool, my arthritis flared up last summer and I was unable to walk or stand-up for a few months, hence The Liquid Diet, I wonder if the Doc will go for heavy doses of hot sauce on real food to kill the arthritis pain, instead of The Liquid Diet.... Naw, gotta elminate the cause of the arthritis. It was liquid diet all day today (coffee only) until about 7:30 and then it was Capsaicin laced Mexican food.

    2. Dave's is pretty good...I have a bottle of the Reserve from 1999 (they do a limited batch w/ the heat boosted, hand-signed bottles, nice packaging) that is still serving me well.

      Some other sauces to try would be any of those from Blair's. They actually are my favorite producer and have a nice varied line. You can see their stuff at (link below)...apparently they are preparing to re-launch the site as, but that's still in the works.

      Of their sauces my favorites are probably Possible Side Effects and Jalapeno Death...
      If you want to try to graduate from Dave's try out Possible Side Effects. I think Scoville-wise it rates out 2-4x hotter than Dave's - - this stuff is powerful good! IMO the hottest sauce around w/o being just an additive.

      Jalapeno Death is really good too...a nice green sauce w/ plenty of jalapenos, tomatillos, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and a dash of blue agave tequila - not too hot and the best thing in the world to put on tacos.

      They have a new one out, Megadeath, that I've not got to try yet and they also sell a few sauces that are considered purely additives, the most brutal (Blair's 6 A.M.) rating out at 6 million+ on the Scoville scale...

      .Feel Alive! indeed.


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      1. re: sladeums

        Peppers in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, is a great resource for hot sauces. These people take this stuff very seriously.

        Their free catalog is a great read, and if you like hot stuff will make your mouth water.


      2. Dave's Private Reserve is actually twice as hot as regular Dave's. It comes in a nice little wooden coffin. I don't think it's the hottest sauce in the world, but I believe it is in the top three. I have a bottle from 1997. It's still good, but you have to shake it before using it, because it separates into three layers if you let it sit (which we've named pain, suffering, and death). Our typical application is around five or six drops mixed in with a half cup or so of plain bland picante.

        I find habaneros to be much more flavorful than other kinds of peppers, and I look for sauces that are low on vinegar. My current and longtime favorite is Jardine's Blazing Saddle, which I haven't found around here, but which Jardine's sells by the case mail order.

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        1. re: Caviar

          I wanted to try the Dave's private reserve, but he was sold out. Maybe we should try and start a market in rare hot sauces, we could then corner the market on the good ones, and then hold auctions at Sotheby's.

        2. Mixed two large drops of Dave's Insanity with two tablespoons of French's Mustard, excellent results with my rather pedestrian Hebrew National Salame. Then threw in a couple of drops of Dave's in my vegetable soup. Cleared up my sinuses real good.