Food Channel Finds is our way of bringing information and opinion on some of the latest products to hit the market! These might be interesting food items seen as we walk a trade show, on a grocery shelf, at a food event or, often, from press releases – enticing us to put them to the test and see how they deliver.
When we saw AR’s™ Hot Southern Honey by Ames Russell, we knew we were interested. This Virginian honey is small batch, hand-crafted and infused with the heat of chili peppers.
When we received this product, the press release mentioned that pork, as well as salmon, is a protein that pairs well with the Hot Southern Honey as a glaze. Luckily, I already had pork loin chops lined up in the rotation for one of my weeknight meals.
So, I stole (with permission) this sample from The Food Channel Culinary Center and decided to take it home and try it out for myself.
So How Was It?
Upon first tasting the Hot Southern Honey, using my finger, the ultimate honey dipper, I was surprised at how the taste progressed. It starts sweet and rich like an all-natural honey should, but the flavor changes as it hits your palate, finishing with the perfect amount of heat. The company’s slogan is, “Where Sweet Meets Heat!” and it’s fitting. The honey couldn’t be described as spicy, it isn’t a spicy flavor, but rather a gradual and subtle heated finish of chili infusion.
In my mind, the subtlety of the sweet-heat flavor of Hot Southern Honey would make a perfect marinade for pork when combined with a little tang. For my glaze, I used 3 tablespoons of Hot Southern Honey, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of stone-ground mustard and a few cloves of garlic. The result was a fragrant, sweet, and spicy mixture that I couldn’t wait to pour over the pork.
After seasoning with salt and pepper and searing each pork chop on both sides, I poured the glaze over the pork chops and let them simmer for about 8 more minutes. I then removed the pork chops and let the glaze thicken up for about 5 more minutes, creating a thick, sticky and deliciously fragrant mixture, pouring the remainder of the Hot Southern Honey-based glaze over the pork chops.
The result? Two-thumps up, and even more if I had extra thumbs. AR’s™ Hot Southern Honey was the perfect sweet heat base for the mixture of flavors and complemented the pork wonderfully. I enjoyed it so much that I actually forgot to take a photo of the finished product. It was just that good.
Trust that I expect to be ordering more from Hot Southern Honey and trying its different varieties after this successful endeavor, and confidently recommend if you’re interested in trying.
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