How hot is Icarus Gourmet Grilling Sauce?
Well, that would depend a lot on your tolerance level, but most folks consider it very “middle of the road” in terms of spiciness… Which is exactly what we were shooting for! We don’t believe in making anything so hot that you can’t taste the food underneath it. That just doesn’t make sense to us. Icarus isn’t the kind of “hot” sauce you’re going to use to impress your friends. We’ll leave that to the niche-market “novelty” sauces. Icarus is a pleasantly spicy “Symphony of Flavor in a World of One-Note Sauces”. And that’s just how we like it! If you’re really cautious of spicy stuff, try this recipe, and this one for starters.
But I don’t do a lot of Grilling. Can I still find uses for Icarus?
Absolutely! We only called it a “Grilling Sauce” because the marketing and retail folks told us not to call it an “Everything Sauce” or an “All-Purpose” sauce, but that’s what it is! We use it on everything:
- As a dip: for meat, chicken nuggets, chips, pizza crusts, bread sticks – straight out of the bottle or even warmed in the microwave a bit.
- As a condiment: Nothing but Icarus on a hot dog? YUM! It’s great on burgers, fries, pizza, cold cut sandwiches, BLT’s, eggs… the list goes on!
- As a Marinade or Grilling Sauce: Steak Tips, Chicken, Pork Chops, Ribs… we even have recipes for shrimp and fish
- As an ingredient: Mix Icarus with a few other ingredients to create memorable dishes your friends and family will RAVE about! Barbecue pulled pork or chicken, buffalo wings, chili, spaghetti sauce (a little goes a long way here), add it to the egg wash when you batter anything for frying: chicken, fish, onion rings…
Thanks, we love it and we’re very proud of it! Our friend, the incomparable Jeff Slemmons created the Icarus painting you see here for our label. Jeff calls him “Ike”. You can find more of Jeff’s work here.
Sure, but we're kind of unusual anyway! I originally developed Icarus because I wanted a more flavorful wing sauce. It eventually evolved into so much more than that, but when I first created it I brought it to work with me and passed it around for feedback, then tweaked it and repeated the process. One friend at work possessed a rather “tame palate”, and wanted to try it but was worried that it would be too hot for her. Still in a “wing sauce” mindset at the time, I told her “It’s not screaming hot. I don’t want you to NUKE your wings, I want you to MELT your wings!” and immediately, the image of Icarus popped into my head. "Icarus Gourmet Wing Sauce – Melt Your Wings!” It was perfect!
It's simple: we loved it, and a whole lot of other folks did too. You might say it "tested well". Plus, by the time we became convinced that it was much more versatile than just a wing sauce, we already had Jeff’s amazing artwork, and we weren’t giving that up for anything! By then we had fallen in love with the “Icarus Gourmet” branding idea because it would help us stand out in the market.
The “Hot Sauce Market” is loaded with cleverly named sauces and bright, eye catching labels. The problem is, a lot of these products are limited by their names and their labels. Many of the names and labels of these sauces are pretty funny, but a lot of them are pretty crass too. They’re not the sort of thing I want on my table in front of my kids, or when my pastor or grandmother comes to dinner.
We wanted a label which would be equally at home in a hot sauce shop, or grocery store barbecue section, or gourmet shop or wine store. Again, Jeff’s amazing art work did the trick, don’t you think?
I'm sorry to say, no... For now. There is a tiny trace of wheat flour in Icarus Gourmet Grilling Sauce. This is a component of one of the ingredients we use in our sauce, and something we are working on replacing so those of you on a gluten free diet can enjoy it too! Batch two still has it. We're hoping batch three will be gluten free!
Are there any other flavors available?
Not yet, but soon! We’re working on a barbecue sauce, marinade and a wing sauce, all based on Icarus and all of which we hope to have on the market soon. Stay tuned!