I love fruit. Even though I probably don’t eat enough of it, few things are as satisfying as fresh fruit that packs the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. That’s also why I love fruit-based hot sauces. Well, the good ones, anyway. As with anything else in this business, it’s easy for manufacturers to label their product as containing a certain fruit, just so long as it technically contains traces of that fruit. In my experience, the venerable pineapple frequently falls victim to this, and often comes out underrepresented in products claiming to feature it. Enter Armando y Jorge’s Goofy Boots Pineapple Habanero-Chipotle Sauce (a name nearly as long as this review). Perhaps this Orlando-based duo will change the fate of the tropical yellow fruit.
Pineapple, Onions, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (water, vinegar, tomatoes, onions, iodized salt, sugar, paprika, soybean oil, spices), White Vinegar, Orange Juice, Sugar, Water, Habanero Peppers, Garlic, Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper
See, now that’s what I like to see in a fruit-based item. The fact that the pineapple occupies the top slot gives me great hope for this product, as it shows me that the makers want this to be more than just a pineapple-flavored hot sauce.
This is definitely one of the thickest sauces I’ve sampled in quite some time. It isn’t thick like a barbecue sauce, though; it’s actually kind of chunky, with a thick apple sauce-style consistency. The burnt orange hue to this sauce certainly doesn’t remind me of pineapples, but it certainly reflects the adobo-style chipotle peppers.
Smell and Taste:
I do detect a hint of pineapple sweetness in the scent, but most of the overall smell is stolen by the adobo. Judging solely on smell alone, this is an interesting sauce. The sweetness hits my tongue first, though, and it is delicious. Though not overly strong on the pineapple, Goofy Boots definitely represents its number one ingredient quite well. Following the pineapple flavor, the roasted peppers and tomatoes bring on a smokey flavor, one that contrasts quite well with the sweet fruit. The habanero heat hits last, but it doesn’t pull any punches.
Even though the habaneros are pretty far down the list, they make themselves quite known in this product. This may not be the hottest habanero sauce I’ve tried, but it still reaches the Mean rating on our scale. As for the flavor, this is one of those sauces that I wind up liking more and more with each bite. I haven’t fallen head-over-heels in love with it yet, but I’m impressed enough with the overall complexity of the flavor profile that I’m giving it a Nice.
So, what do you do with a sauce whose flavor sort of resembles that of a Hawaiian pizza (and in a good way)? Well, chicken sounds like a fine choice. I’m not sure that I would use this for beef, but I do think it might make a really interesting ham glaze. I may not be able to try that idea for a while, but it sounds really good to me.
This is definitely not a pineapple-flavored hot sauce. If anything, it is a sauce that uses pineapple in tandem with other ingredients to create a unique flavor. It’s not what I was expecting, but I’m totally okay with that. Now I want to try Armando y Jorge’s banana-based sauce.