This month, Fuego Box showed us its sweeter side, featuring sauces with a less-than-lethal flavor profile. Fuego Box is a monthly hot sauce subscription box that brings the heat without being extreme, focusing instead on the best flavors (while still of course being hot – just without added heat extracts and the like). They search out the best flavors to go with every type of food and discover new artisan hot sauce makers to bring to your door. Your first monthly box will be an introductory box (see our review of the Fuego Box intro box), with a tasting journal and two favorite hot sauces from Fuego Box. Subsequent boxes include 3 full-sized artisan-made hot sauces like this box.
Fuego Box has pretty cool packaging that is efficiently and specifically designed for shipping sauce.
The card on the inside of the box has a bold Fuego logo, in case you missed it on the lid.
The information card gives the details on each product – the flavors, the peppers, and where it was crafted. The card also gives food pairings for each sauce.
Red Robot All Natural Hot Sauce ($4.99, $11.29 shipped): This is a bright and relatively mild sauce with great versatility. The jalapeno flavor shines, and the heat level means you can pour this on and still taste delicate flavors in mild foods like eggs. This could be the perfect sauce for raw oysters.
Born to Hula All Natural Hot Sauce: Smokehaus Blues ($5.99, $12.89 shipped): I’ve been a fan of the Ghost of Ancho variety from Born to Hula, so I was psyched to see another flavor from BtH. This sauce has a BBQ sauce texture and tomato level, but it packs a bit more heat than most. I was surprised at the BBQ character of the sauce, given that it doesn’t have nutmeg or brown sugar, two essentials to creating the BBQ essence. The sweet flavor of the tomato gives this sauce the qualities of a spicy chutney, relish, or mustard, a perfect condiment for slathering on greasy meats like pot roast.
Dragon’s Blood Elixir Hot Sauce ($7.50, $15.45 shipped): Apples, apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and balsamic vinegar all find their way into this sweet concoction. With a slow-building habanero fire, this sauce starts a bit over-sweet, like the plum sauce you dip crab Rangoons in, but after the pepper establishes itself, it is quite balanced. I think this sauce is my choice for chicken wings and fried foods.
Left to right: Robot, Smokehaus, Dragon’s — these sauces are all on the sweet side, with Dragon’s Blood being the sweetest, and Red Robot being the least sweet. Smokehaus is a tad more viscous than the others.
We are a little bit in love with Fuego Box. We have a bit of a thing for nachos, and Fuego always has a selection of sauces that are long on flavor, are mainstream-adjacent (no cucumber/clove/durian sauces), and bring a perfect amount of heat. The price point is OK, given the difficulty of obtaining a trio of sauces of this caliber on your own, but the coupon running right now knocks the price down to brick and mortar rate and makes it an awesome subscription to try — chances are you’ll get hooked!
The Description: Fuego Box is a hot sauce of the month club focused on craft and small-batch hot sauces. They search for perfect artisanal sauces you’ve probably never heard of. They avoid insane heat, gimmicky labeling, and extract-based sauces, focusing on dynamic flavor accompanied by the appropriate amount of heat. A hot sauce club for people who love food. Get 3 hot sauces per month or per quarter, or opt for just one hot sauce every month.
The Price: $29.95 per month or per quarter with free shipping, or $12.95 per month + $5 shipping for one sauce per month.
The Categories:Food & Cooking Subscription Boxes.Condiment Subscription Boxes,Hot Sauce Subscription Boxes.