I seriously considered publishing this blog on Valentine’s Day and leading off with some line referencing a Crazy Bitch. But then I thought better of it, realizing that may not be the best move in my book. So instead I will wax poetic on trying out a trio of sauces from Crazy Bitch Gourmet Sauces – Sassy, Hott, and Chicken Shit.
The line of sauces is the creation of Gina Lee from Tallahassee, FL. For many years, Gina made sauces and gave them to friends and family as gifts. And during a majority of these many years, these sauces were nameless creations. However, that all changed during the course of a bitter divorce. When Gina’s ex-husband declared her to be a crazy bitch as his defense, the sauces were given a proper name to match their flavor. And these sauces are no joke, winning awards such as 3rd place in the John Boy & Billy Grilling Sauce contest in Perry, FL in 2012.
The sauces come in tall 12 oz. bottles. The labels on the bottles are very brightly colored, almost appearing comical. Here are the ingredients for each of the sauces:
Chicken Shit – prepared mustard, flat beer, cider vinegar, sugar, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, fresh ground black pepper, liquid smoke, soy sauce, other natural flavors
Sassy – tomato paste, water, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, honey, soy, sugar, garlic, black pepper, ginger, mustard, other natural spices
Hott – tomato paste, water, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, honey, soy sauce, sugar, spice, garlic, black pepper, red pepper, cayenne pepper, chipotle pepper
As I like to do with all sauces, I make some observations about the products before testing them out. I tried Sassy out and found that it poured out fairly thick, and the texture was a blend of smooth and chunky. It was very sweet and had a lot of Asian influence, predominantly of a sauce that could be used for sesame chicken. This could totally rock as a substitute sauce in sesame seed chicken.
When I tried Hott, I found a lot of similarities in its flavor profiles to those of Sassy. In fact, I would dare venture to say that the biggest distinguisher between the two sauces is the heat level.
As expected, the Chicken Shit sauce was the most different of them all, being a mustard-based sauce. I found that it poured out a little bit thinner than the other two sauces. The mustard flavor was predominant but toned down. Despite the presence of liquid smoke as an ingredient, I could not detect any strong flavors of liquid smoke. The sauce was also a little bit peppery.
So with one of the sauces differing widely from the others, I needed to use something that would provide me a fairly blank canvas for testing. Of course… wings! For this review, I used the sauces solely as finishing sauces during the last 5 minutes of grilling. The Sassy wings were quite sweet and sticky, possessing that strong Asian influence that was present in the naked tasting.
The Hott wings possessed a lot of the same characteristics (sweet, sticky) in addition to a low-medium heat level. This sauce reminded me a lot of the Asian Zing sauce from Buffalo Wild Wings, one of my favorite sauces there!
The Chicken Shit wings had a toned down mustard flavor. There wasn’t much heat going on there. They were definitely tasty.
So which one would I pick as my favorite? Ultimately choosing my favorite boils down to one simple metric – which one did I reach for after my initial tasting. Based on that, my favorite was the Hott sauce. While I liked all of the sauces, the Hott sauce combined sweet & heat very nicely and added in some Asian flair to make this sauce one I would definitely use again!
You can order any of these sauces from http://crazybitchsauce.com/. The website also contains a list of retailers that carry the line of sauces as well.