Review and Giveaway: Batten Island Gourmet Sauce

My first taste of Batten Island Gourmet Sauce was pleasantly surprising. I reached for the sauce amid various other boastful hot sauce bottles one night when we were having chili. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I admit I may have judged this sauce by its label. On it was an alligator stirring a cauldron over an open fire. It was the only one that didn’t use the devil or the wild west to illustrate its contents.

I dabbed a bit onto my finger first, and after a taste, realized that it’s a heck of a lot more than a hot sauce. There’s some heat, but not enough to deter those who hate spicy food. There’s also some sweet, some fruity, some spicy, some tangy…I looked at the ingredient list: raisins, dates, prunes, apple, pears, papaya, mango, habanero and cayenne, brown sugar, exotic herbs and spices, among others. The only things not listed were preservatives or artificial colors. It’s one of those sauces that you keep having to taste just to guess what’s in it.

Batten Island Trading, Inc. produces three levels of the sauce: mild, hot and extra hot. Amazingly, the increase in heat doesn’t take away from the flavor like most hot sauces do. That could be why Batten Island Gourmet sauce isn’t high up there on the intensity scale, but I wouldn’t sacrifice that well rounded flavor for a kick in the mouth. The sauce is produced in Jacksonville, Fla, which explains the alligator and palm trees on the label. It’s named after a tiny island there. It’s available for purchase online by the bottle or by the case.

There’s more you can do with this sauce besides liven up chili or a taco. The Batten Island Gourmet website includes some recipes and also recommends using the sauce as a marinade on steak, pork, poultry, wild game and seafood. I’ve found myself adding it to bland tomato-based sauces for instant flavor. It’s right up there with Sweet Baby Ray’s and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce (that cheap, Chinese hot sauce in the red bottle, green top and rooster on the front). It’s one of those sauces you just squirt onto everything bland to make it taste better. Which is why we’re giving some away!

To enter the Batten Island Sauce Giveaway, you must:

  • Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite thing to dip into hot sauce!
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Alexia Detweiler is a freelance writer and locavore who loves spicy food, especially curry.

Originally posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2012

9 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Batten Island Gourmet Sauce”

  1. Nicolette

    March 25th, 2012

    I like to dip potstickers, or dumplings, into hot sauce!

  2. Tpot

    March 25th, 2012

    Sweet potato fries!

  3. Kimmer

    March 25th, 2012

    I love hot sauce on everything, especially my eggs and potatoes. I already subscribe and am a fan on FB. Love your blog!!!!

  4. Danielle V

    March 27th, 2012

    I like to dip nachos in hot sauce! :)

    I subscribe, and I like your FB page as Danielle Villano! Thanks!


  5. Michelle

    March 27th, 2012

    I subscribe to your blog via email.

  6. Samantha

    March 27th, 2012

    I love dipping french fries in hot sauce mixed with ranch dressing! I tried to subscribe, but I never got the confirmation email! :-/ I like your fb page!

  7. Aaron L

    March 29th, 2012

    French fries, eggs, dumplings.. this doesn’t count, but gumbo!

  8. Marshall

    April 1st, 2012

    I like to dunk my quesadillas in hot sauce

  9. William Outland

    March 28th, 2016

    Batten Island sauce is good on just about everything. I even like it on sardines. It improves the taste and seems to eliminate their aftertaste. My son-in-law, who used to work with one of it’s company officers gave me some and I fell in love with it. the problem is— now I can’t find it. If someone can tell me where to get some please tell me.

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