Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Fuego Box


It’s officially after Thanksgiving, and that typically means a couple of things – Christmas shopping and losing weight resolutions. With Fuego Box, a subscription box which sends bottles of hot sauce, you can kill two birds with one stone! How you say?

Well, first and foremost, it’s hard to find a unique gift for stockings nowadays. Sure, you can fill them up with Gu, running socks, and anti-chafe cream, but you’ve probably done that for a few years now. For those of your significant others who enjoy a little heat with their food, there are tons of great gift options for the foodie or heat seeker in your life.

Also, there are a few scientific studies out there on the effect of spicy foods on metabolism and weight loss. These have appeared to show that spicy foods, such as hot sauce, could help prevent overeating as well as help your body burn more calories and fat. They also apparently surmise that capsaicin (the active component of chili peppers), as part of a regular diet, could help prevent or reduce the risk of obesity by helping to lower body fat levels and the risk of weight gain.

So there you go! Here’s some more info on Fuego Box:

Fuego Box was created by a guy who went down the hot sauce rabbit hole . It started with an early Tapatío obsession and advanced with the likes of Cholula, Crystal, and Sriracha. After that, things really got crazy… bhut jolokia and african fatalii peppers; locally harvested, hand-bottled hot sauces; and unique and delicious flavors that go with just about every kind of food.

In a nutshell, Fuego Box wants to bring emerging hot sauces that you’ve probably never heard of to your hot sauce shelf (you have one, right?). No need for you to go down the hot sauce rabbit hole; we already took the trip and came back with some damn fine sauces. We always focus on flavor over ‘ass-burning heat’ and avoid gimmicky hot sauces like the plague. So go ahead, place an order and get ready for the world’s best hot sauces to come a-knockin’!

We were sent the November box, which included:

There was a good mix of colors and flavors in the box, and in speaking with the owner of the box, they are always looking out for new items. The Vermont Cilantro Onion was the most mild of the box and something that I plan on using on anything and everything. It has a little sweet tinge to it and the cilantro flavor is nice.  The Spooky White is a step-up with their “combination of white and orange Habaneros, mustard, ginger, garlic, onions and infused Habanero vinegar”. The Born to Hula is definitely the most spicy of the bunch created from their Habanero ancho sauce with added Bhut Jolokia peppers (i.e ghost peppers), which are some of the hottest peppers in the world. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

In addition, the few sample packets and the tasting journal, made right here in Portland, were cool additions and an awesome gift for someone really invested in their sauces.

Follow them on Facebook here.

Subscription: Fuego Box
Cost: Multiple Subscription Options

  • $29.95/month (3 bottles/mo)
  • $29.95/quarter (3 bottles/qtr)
  • $12.95/month (1 bottle/mo)

Cycle: Monthly or Quarterly
Features: 3 5-ounce bottles

Thanks to Fuego Box for allowing us to sample a box. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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