I picked this up at my local AM/PM convenience store. It was sitting right by the check out counter, with the Slim Jims and the travel-sized packs of beef jerky. I decided to try it on for size. The store clerk shuddered in disbelief that I would actually want one of these.
In short, this like a "red hot" but pickled. The ingredients list on this thing says it's made with "mechanically separated chicken", pork, pork hearts, and beef, among the list of flavorings and chemicals.
It was kinda difficult removing this sausage from its package without damaging it. The thing wanted to crumble apart.
Once it was removed, the aroma (or should I say "odor") that permeated from this potent weenie was easily apparent within seconds. It didn't attack your nostrils the same way that a gob of wasabi might do, but it was enough to make you pull your head back.
The first thing that hits you is the potent and pungent flavor of the pickling juice. It's the same pickling juice they use with pickled eggs, mostly just vinegar and salt, and some paprika, according to the ingredients list.
It's hard to differentiate the taste of the sausage from the taste of the pickling juice. I'm not sure I can taste the sausage.
The label says that this is "300% Hotter". Compared to what? I don't know. These are definitely hot. The first bite won't burn you, it's after the fifth or sixth bite that'll have you waving your hand across your mouth. After eating half the weenie, my tongue is burning, my eyes are getting misty, and my scalp is starting to itch. But I can still eat more.
If you like pickles with extreme flavor, this has Extreme Flavor. If you like pickled eggs, you'll like this too, it's the same flavor.
The sausage leaves a thick film in the back of your throat, probably mucus as a natural defense against the hot spiciness.
I found it difficult to eat mainly because it kept crumbling apart. It's probably better to tear a hole at the top of the package, and squeeze the weenie out a bite at a time. Otherwise, you'll want a fork because it'll leave an oily-orange residue on your fingers.
This is definitely not something you'd want to eat on an empty stomach. I actually ate this just having finished a couple burritos from Del Taco. This is probably best as an after-meal snack.
On the snackability factor, one might desire to eat one of these things, but not several of them one right after another. I'd rather just eat one-half, and save the rest for another day. It's kinda like Kim Chi, you want to eat it, but you can only eat a little bit at a time.
I think this will be great in a bowl of chili, but crumbled up into pieces. It's got such intense flavor, that it'll give each spoonful a real kick.
Where purchased: AM/PM convenience store
Cost: $1.29 each
Buy it online: JerkySupermarket.com