Cajohn’s Mongoose Hot Sauce

The Houston Hot Sauce Festival is this weekend, and one of the more interesting attractions at this year’s festival will be Cajohn’s Execution Station. This station is for only the most extreme chileheads! You get to try their hottest sauces, in ascending order of heat, to see if you can take it.

In honor of this pain filled challenge I decided to re-post a review I wrote back in June about one of the execution station sauces; Mongoose Hot Sauce. Enjoy!

Most of you are familiar with the Rudyard Kipling short story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, but for those who aren’t, you can get the summary from the links. I’m sure there will be others that won’t click the link, so basically it’s the story of a fierce, courageous, little Mongoose.

Well today’s sauce is pretty fierce and comes in a little bottle, oh and if you haven’t already guessed it’s called Mongoose Hot Sauce.

CaJohns has whipped up yet another sizzling sauce that’s a challenge for even the most experienced chileheads.


As you get the bottle just reading the box tells a lot. When you see things like: “Cinch up your skirt-Nancy, you’re in for a rough ride!” and “Too expensive…too small ‘a bottle? This isn’t a weak Louisiana-style hot sauce, it’s a lifetime supply for most!” written on the outside of the box you know this is a serious sauce.

Here’s how they describe it on their website:
The mongoose feeds on snakes and this one is no exception. This sauce is extremely hot combining the Bhut Jolokia chile and the Fatalii chile. This sauce has a strong habanero taste and long lasting burn. It’s a roller coaster of a ride. It takes you up slowly and drops you down slowly.

What they neglect to mention is that they add just enough extract (which can range from 2-3 million SHU or more!) to the mix to take the Fire virtually off the charts without ruining the Flavor (which extract has a reputation of doing).

This sauce is way too serious for fun and games today. Let’s get to the reviewin’…..



I don’t normally write much in the Fire section of most sauces, but this isn’t most sauces. I debated whether I should give this sauce a Meltdown rating, but considering some of the other products out there which use much more extract I figured this one falls at about the top of the Madness level. The Fire in this sauce is crazy good! As most of you know I have no fear when it comes to hot sauce and I just pour it straight from the bottle into my mouth. This sauce poses one small problem with that practice. There’s no orifice reducer on the end of the bottle. They use enough straight peppers in the sauce that it’s too thick for one.

Sooooooo, I had to improvise and pour some into one of our sampling containers, then use a BBQ skewer to taste it without risking lip burn. I put roughly five drops in my container (roughly equivalent to a teaspoon), and I tried about a drop or two…….just a hint of burn.

(We’re only talking Fire here. The Flavor comes next.)

I tasted another drop or two…..a little worse, but still tolerable. I scooped the last of the sauce out of the container, and about the time that taste hit my tongue the Fire started smoldering. Now I pride myself on not coughing from hot sauce; I coughed. I also pride myself on not needing water, milk, etc. to drink from the Fire of a sauce; I drank so much milk my stomach hurt. The wildest part is after this stuff was in full inferno in my mouth it wouldn’t settle down! One, two, three minutes goes by and it almost feels like the Fire is still getting worse! Son of a Bicentennial quarter this is hot!

After roughly five minutes of amazing Fire things started to calm down.

This sauce caters to one kind of person; a chilehead. Ff you don’t get excited at the idea of jalapeno eating contests or ask for the hottest thing on the menu everywhere you go, then this sauce may not be for you. In fact if you don’t already own a bottle of hot sauce with Jolokia peppers in it then this sauce may not be for you. However if you want a good starter sauce for Jolokia peppers then you may want to try another CaJohns sauce.

All in all just flat out AWESOME!

Now for the Flavor… Drum roll please!!!!!!!

For the first time in’s short history I am giving this sauce my five pepper Notable rating.

This sauce is Notable for two reasons:

  1. The sauce is basically completely made up of Jolokia and Fatalii peppers thus giving you nothing but pure pepper pleasure.
  2. The use of capsicum oil is effective, but not overwhelming or bitter.

This is one of those sauces that brings nothing but the Flavor of the peppers that are in the bottle.

This can be a blessing or a curse depending on the person, but I look at it this way; if I want garlic I can add my own, if I want seasoning I can add that too, but there are times when I just want to feel like I’m eating a pepper straight off the vine and in a way that compliments the food.

This sauce accomplishes that perfectly!

Kudos to CaJohns!

Oh and if you guys want to send me another bottle; feel free! This ain’t a lifetime supply for me!

Can you feel that mixture of testosterone and capsaicin starting to flow?



OK, now this is the part where the judges chime in, and they liked it, but not as much as I did.

Once again I think it was too hot for them, but this sauce was only ONE POINT away from a Gold rating Scoverall, so I guess it was close.

So the Gold rating still eludes everyone so far. Who will be the first to get the coveted rating?

We shall see…..

After this sauce I’m not sure it’s possible, but try to EAT MORE HEAT!SM

Make sure to stop by Cajohn’s booth at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival for some execution station fun too!


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