Hot Sauce Review: Jack’d Up Habanero by Dawson’s Hot Sauce

Spice lovers, get ready for a thrilling ride with ‘Jack’d Up Habanero’ – the latest sensation in the hot sauce world! Crafted by Dawson’s Hot Sauce, a gem from Hamilton, Ontario, in collaboration with the beloved Jack Astors Bar and Grill, this sauce is a game-changer.

Imagine a blend that perfectly marries the fiery kick of habanero peppers with a sweet, tangy zing. Whether you’re jazzing up your favorite dishes or adding a spark to your home cooking, ‘Jack’d Up Habanero’ promises to elevate your taste buds.

A bottle of Jack'd Up Habanero by Dawson's Hot Sauce and Jack Astors Bar and Grill

Introducing: Jack’d Up Habanero by Dawson’s Hot Sauce

Let’s talk about a hot sauce that’s causing quite a stir – ‘Jack’d Up Habanero’. This isn’t just any hot sauce; it’s a fusion of tangy, tasty goodness with a serious kick from habanero peppers.

What sets it apart? The sweet notes.

Think brown sugar and a hint of maple syrup, blending sweet and spicy in one bottle.

Now, where does this culinary magic come from? Dawson’s Hot Sauce, right out of Hamilton, Ontario. They’re known for their craft hot sauces, and they’ve hit the mark with this one. Teaming up with Jack Astors, the bar and grill loved across Canada for its awesome pub-style food, they’ve created a sauce that’s as varied in flavor as Jack Astors’ menu.

Whether you’re dining out or cooking at home, this hot sauce adds that perfect zing.

You can find it at Jack Astors, Dawson’s, or your local grocery store. Price point? Around $10 in-store and just a bit more, $12, if you shop online. Trust me, it’s worth every penny.

The nutritional label on a bottle of Jack'd Up Habanero

Manufacturer: Dawson’s Hot Sauce
Made In: Ontario
Heat Rating: 6/10
Size: 155mL
Price Range: $10-$12
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Ingredients: Red Peppers, Habanero Peppers, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Vinegar, Garlic, Onion, Red Wine, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Cayenne Pepper, Sea Salt

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Picture this: ‘Jack’d Up Habanero’ sitting on your table in its classic 150mL woozy bottle, topped with a sleek black lid. But there’s a twist – the lid is sealed with a wax dip, giving it a touch of artisanal charm.

The label? It’s eye-catching, showcasing the Jack Astors logo and the hot sauce name in bold. You’ll also find a handy ingredients list and nutritional info on there.

But let’s talk about what’s inside the bottle – a vibrant, bright orange sauce that’s as appealing as it sounds. Its creamy texture is speckled with bits of habanero and pepper, making every spoonful a delightful surprise.

And it’s not just about looks; this sauce flows like a dream, effortlessly coating your favorite foods. Thanks to the clever emulsion of olive oil, it stays creamy and doesn’t separate, even if it sits on the shelf for a while.

Jack'd Up Habanero on a spoon to show texture


We’ve talked about the appearance of this hot sauce, but what about the scent?

It’s surprisingly like a salad dressing, tangy and sweet, which might catch you off guard. You get that tanginess, probably from the peppers and vinegar, mixed with a sweet aroma, thanks to the sugars and onions.

It has this vegetal, inviting quality that beckons you closer. What you don’t catch right away is the garlic, and here’s the sneaky part – the scent of the habaneros’ heat is almost hidden.

Taste and Flavour

When you first taste ‘Jack’d Up Habanero’, it’s a delightful deception.

Much like the scent, it starts off sweet, reminiscent of a French salad dressing – lulling you into a sense of culinary comfort. But don’t be fooled; almost immediately, the habaneros make their grand entrance.

This is where the magic happens. The sweetness morphs into a lingering, unrelenting heat, leaving your taste buds in a deliciously fiery embrace.

The texture? It’s creamy, and almost velvety, making each mouthful a luxurious experience. And those tiny bits floating around? They’re not just there for show. Each one is a tiny flavor bomb, bursting with new sensations and deepening the overall taste experience with every bite.

Heat Level

Jack’d Up Habanero’ is a sizzling adventure for your taste buds, hitting a solid 6 out of 10 on my heat scale.

The heat, unmistakably from habaneros, is sharp and stinging, yet incredibly flavorful. It’s the kind of heat that doesn’t just say hello; it sticks around, lingering on your tongue and lips, making its presence known.

I found myself with a bit of sweat on my cheeks and along my hairline, a testament to its potency, but it’s not overwhelming.

What’s really impressive is the freshness of the heat. It’s not that concentrated, artificial kind of hot; it’s genuine, straight from the habaneros.

It’s this authenticity that makes the heat not just bearable, but enjoyable. It’s not just about spicing up your meal; it’s about adding a fresh, fiery zest that’s hard to find elsewhere.

Conclusion: Overall Thoughts

I enjoyed this hot sauce. In less than a week, I found myself having devoured most of the bottle, a testament to its irresistible allure.

Whether it was adding a kick to chicken, jazzing up salads, enhancing wings, or complementing a steak, this sauce was a champion, versatile and delicious on everything. Its balanced blend of sweet, tangy, and fiery flavors, coupled with a heat level that’s enjoyable rather than overpowering, makes it a standout.

As a fan of Dawson’s craft sauces, this one definitely lives up to their reputation. I enjoyed it so much that I’m eagerly anticipating seeing ‘Jack’d Up Habanero’ gracing the tables on my next visit to Jack Astors.

It’s not just a sauce; it’s an essential culinary companion for anyone who appreciates a well-rounded, flavorful kick to their meals.

Jack’d Up Habanero by Dawson’s Hot Sauce

Jack’d Up Habanero’ is a perfectly balanced symphony of sweet, tangy, and fiery flavors, making every meal an exciting, taste-bud-tingling adventure.

The Hot Sauce Guy


Tangy and sweet with a sharp heat!


Please remember that taste is subjective and everyone will experience hot sauce uniquely. These reviews contain my own thoughts and opinions. If you think you’ll enjoy a hot sauce then you should definitely try it out.

Mike P

Welcome to The Hot Sauce Guy! I’m Mike, your guide to the spicy world of hot sauces and the creator of Spicy Riffs Hot Sauce. From Canada, I share the hottest reviews, pepper-growing tips, and sauce recipes with a touch of rock and roll.

My passion? Crafting the perfect blend of heat and flavor. Whether you’re here for the fire or the flair, get ready for a journey into the world of spicy delights.

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