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From Our Backyard: Spice Up Your Breakfast

Have you ever noticed that lots of people in the South like things on the sweet side? They want their sweet tea sweeter, their desserts with an extra hit of sugar.

At least, that’s what the creator of Texas Sugar hot sauce observed when she moved from far West Texas to Atlanta, Texas, a few years ago.

Her new neighbors liked her extra-hot homemade salsa – but when she decided to up the ante and sweeten it up a bit, they just went wild for it. So many people requested it that eventually, she and her husband decided to test the market.

Now, Texas Sugar is sold in several gourmet and specialty stores, including FRESH.

There’s a definite sweet edge to this sauce, but there’s also an underlying heat, thanks for the fresh jalapeños, and a flavor that grows more complex as you eat. (That’s probably due to the apple cider vinegar and fresh cilantro.)

You can serve Texas Sugar like any salsa, with chips or tortillas. But, maybe because of that complexity and sweetness, it works especially well as a component of other dishes.

  • Use it as a marinade for wild game, especially venison
  • Make a simple, creamy enchilada sauce by mixing one cup Texas Sugar to one cup sour cream.
  • Create a sauce for roasted or grilled pork: Mix one jar Texas Sugar and one small container sour cream. Pour over grilled, sliced pork tenderloin, and garnish with sprigs of fresh cilantro.
  • Spice up your breakfast by topping your favorite veggie omelet with a dollop of sour cream and a some Texas Sugar.