In the last few years, bacon has been one of the “it” foods to place in everything from sandwiches to soups, doughnuts to cake. A food that for years was only limited to breakfast suddenly turned into a “must have” item, or at least everyone’s guilty pleasure simply turned into a pleasure. While Porcus Inférnum is not the first hot sauce I know of to feature bacon, it is the first one I tried, after watching a video that gave it a favorable review so I decided to give it a shot.
Voodoo Chile is the company responsible for making Porcus Inférnum, and they also make a nice range of other hot sauces too utilizing different peppers with different levels of heat. I’ve seen other videos reviewing their sauces but this one was the first I’ve tried and I’ll say that if the others are as good as Porcus Inférnum, I’ll try other varieities.
Let’s get to it. The hot sauce includes water, hot cider vinegar, tomato paste, sugar, chili peppers, Scorpion peppers, salt, citric acid, spices, “bacon flavor”, and a few other small but notable ingredients, including “ham flavor”. It doesn’t get specific as to what “ham flavor” consists of, nor what “bacon flavor” is. However, I know the bacon salt that’s on the market is actually vegan, which means this sauce does not come from bacon grease, ham bits, or anything like that. Sodium level is 45mg, so definitely not too high. Upon opening the bottle and taking in the aroma, I immediately sensed what smelled like pork at first. Or I should say that you may think it’s bacon because it’s a bacon hot sauce, but it then reminded me of pork & beans. I love pork & beans so I was hopeful for trying it.
The hot sauce is delicious. It was bacon-y, but sometimes it would also taste like pork & beans, other times it would take on the flavor of a Manwich/Sloppy Joe sauce, which makes sense since one of the top ingredients in this is tomato paste. I had never tried anything as hot as a Scorpion pepper, and I know some of you pepperheads are going “hot as a Scorpion pepper? You’re weak!” I never said I was a pepperhead either, I just love a good hot sauce. The heat on this one was very nice too, and it lingers for awhile. It it a piercing hot? To me, it was not, but it does last, something I liked. I tried it on eggs, pizza, chicken, French fries, and a number of other items and it’s one you’ll want to return to over and over, or to immerse your food in Porcus Inférnum just to keep the flavor and heat going.
I found Porcus Inférnum to be something I wanted to last for a long time, but once I tried it, I wanted to have it on as many dishes as possible. I’m sure it would do wonders within a Manwich/Sloppy Joe as well so the next time I buy another bottle or two again, I’ll do that.
The Voodoo Chile hot sauce rates the heat level on this sauce as being 5.5 out of 10, but also admits it could be considered “mild” for most hot sauce lovers.
(Porcus Inférnum can be purchased directly from Voodoo Child Sauces.)
(NOTE: This review comes unsolicited, I paid for this sauce and wrote this review without compensation.)