Saturday Googa Mooga Takedown Winner! COCKONUT SAUCE!!!!

YAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!! I love it when hard work pays off! This past weekend, I competed in The Takedowns Hot Sauce Competition at The Great Googa Mooga, a food, drink and music festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. And I WON!!!! Well, the Saturday division anyways! I lovingly made a Habanero Coconut Sriracha…from scratch.

photo stolen from Instagram, working on source!

I have always been a huge hot sauce fan. My mother can’t smell, and raised me eating very spicy foods (and drinks!) I cant think of a food that I don’t put hot sauce on. Maybe cereal. The Bee and I have made our own “Srirachup” for years. (That will be coming soon in bottles near you) Regular ketchup was for the birds. So I clearly need to make a sriracha base. But what else to do?

I loooove habaneros, so I researched and tested ideas, and then, finally at a loss, I thought of my roommate, whom I lovingly refer to as Danielle My Shell, at first because she can talk like Marcel the Shell, and then because she has every coconut product on the planet. Danielle my Coconut Shell! COCONUT! thats what this recipe was missing. A solid, complimentary flavor that could stand up to the heat, and yet help soften the blow. I like a hot sauce that FEELS as good as it tastes. And I have high standards. Whats the point of a hot sauce that causes you pain and the inability to taste food?

Now, the biggest challenge in doing this particular competition was trying to find good peppers when they aren’t yet in season. After finally locating the elusive red jalapeno, I sat on the floor of the place and pulled out 10 lbs of only red peppers from crates, while the employees made fun of me, and called me loco, which is true. The second biggest challenge was finding out only 2 days before the competition that the chip sponsor had dropped out, and we were responsible for coming up with our own chips to serve our sauce on. I tried to think of the most tasteless, sturdy vehicle. A salty corn chip would ruin my tropical, Thai inspired sauce. And then it hit me.

Communion Wafers.

I searched for someone to overnight me (without it costing an arm and a leg) a bag to no avail. Whining to Danielle about how sad I was, (of course I wanted to make them myself from scratch, but I had to work a 10 hr day Friday, and there was no more time.) she suggested I just use plantain chips and toast those babies in coconut oil. DONE. GREAT IDEA!!! My savior! And she helped me dish ’em out at the competition. Now that’s a friend!

photo courtesy of Diego del Sol

Getting ready to compete at the Restaurant 101 stage, and happy to be outside and labeling cups!


photo courtesy of Matt Timms

Texture is as important as flavor to me in cooking, and can make all the difference in the world when making a sauce. I blended my pepper mixture in a Vitamix and then double strained it through a good quality metal sieve until it was perfect! I am not gonna give you the recipe, BUT, I will sell a bottle to you! Email me if you’re interested and I’ll post on Etsy soon! Just look at that color and texture! I am so proud.

I was contestant #4, photo stolen from International Business Times, whose site is not working.

and photo stolen from Consequence of Sound of us turkey basting sauce on to plantain chips, Cause what other tool would you use!? Its COCK SAUCE! Plus they wrote a really great review of the event that you should check out

Me n D passed out the leftovers to hungry people waiting in long ass food lines and relaxed with some beer! And yes, those are burgers on my boobs.
photo courtesy of Emily HanHan

As for the rest of the competition, The Brooklynauts took the win for Sunday, and I say we have a showdown! Really, I just want to taste theirs since I didn’t make it to the Sunday competition. : ) They are incredible people, and I love their blog. The festival was so much fun, even though I was so busy I didn’t get to eat ONE THING all day! How rare is that!? But The Roots played a ridiculously amazing set, and it was gorgeous out.

I can’t wait for the next Takedown! I’ll be competing with my favorite dessert category ever, ICE CREAM! See you next time!

~Cockonut sauce label designed by Marc Lynn, contact me for more info~

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14 thoughts on “Saturday Googa Mooga Takedown Winner! COCKONUT SAUCE!!!!

  1. That looks amazing, Eryn!!!!

    Congratulations! I am in total awe. And I totally will buy your hot sauce! And that’s not a pick-up line 😉

    Let me know when it goes on sale!!!

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  4. Hey! I bought a bottle of your yummy sauce when you came by Hanks Saloon one night shortly after the competition. I was your bartender that evening & your friend actually helped you sell a few bottles that night.
    I have an issue with the sauce & I wanted to know if Anyone else has had a similar scenario arise. Tonight while making his dinner plate complete he shook the bottle of sauce & as he unscrewed the top, it nearly exploded. He screwed it tightly back on, but I was curious so I tries to open it & sauce came bubbling out & the screw top almost launched off the bottle before I screwed it back on. Clearly there’s some type of chemical reaction happening but I just have no clue why. The whole bottle of sauce bubbled up & even hours later & after putting it into another container, it still was bubbling.
    This is a long ‘comment’…sorry for that. I just thought you should be aware of what happened to your product in this case & I wondered
    If anyone else said it happened to them. If you can give me any type of feedback I would greatly appreciate it! I do want to make clear that I love your sauce. It tastes awesome! Thanks!

    • Oh no! This did happen to a couple people, I didn’t put Refrigerate After Opening on the label which was dumb. If you leave unfermented hot sauce unfrigerated it will ferment on its own but it needs to be able to get air or pressure builds up. So it’s totally fine and will actually last a lot longer now, but I am sure it was alarming! It’s literally explosive hot sauce!! Haha sorry about that!

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