Fire Under Celtic Kilt Continues to Hit The Shelves Everywhere!

The most recent Mix Foods condiment release – Fire Under Celtic Kilt – is hitting hot sauce store shelves everywhere.  Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2015!  Along with this amazing More »

Book of Irish Recipes

New Irish Cookbook – My Irish Table Cathal Armstrong

A new Irish Cookbook was released last month written by Cathal Armstrong and David Hagedorn. I came across it reading an interview the author Armstong gave to Reuters’ Richard Leong.  Dublin-born Cathal More »

The Irish Store - Home cooking videos on youtube

What are you cooking Easter Sunday? The Irish Store presents traditional Irish cooking. YouTube Video

Easter and food go hand in hand in Ireland and It’s not just chocolate that takes centre place. Easter Sunday is about all the family gathered round together for a big meal, More »

McCoys Irish Dressing

Irish Appetizer for Super Bowl – Reuben Sliders using McCoys Irish Dressing

Try this delicious open face Reuben slider recipe.  See below. These are easy to make, and also easy to make many at once. Perfect for a Super Bowl party or just two More »


Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill is now carrying McCoy’s Thick Hot Irish Sauce

Hooleys is an authentic Irish Pub in Southern California with two locations. Rancho San Diego, CA & La Mesa, CA. Aside from their authentic food and drinks the atmosphere gives you that More »


Try McCoys Hot Sauce during the possible Sriracha shortage!

#srirachapocalypse Buy McCoy’s Thick Hot Irish Sauce instead! The Califoria Department of Health has issued an order to stop Sriracha hot sauce from being shipped for at least 30 days. This is More »


Irish Tea Cupcakes

Make some Irish Tea Cupcakes for the holidays. It will liven up your Christmas party!         Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons More »


Irish Salad Dressing – Great on Reubens, Salads and More – Thousand Island replacement

We have finally launched our unique Irish Dressing. Just in time for Christmas. Makes a great stocking stuffer or gift. Buy it on Amazon along with our original best sell McCoy’s Thick More »


McCoys Gourmet Irish Sauce for Christmas

Get your sauce for the holidays on Amazon. Great to serve or to give as a gift! Notice when you change the quantity the shipping reduces. Free with three bottles. http://www.amazon.com/McCoys-THIS-Thick-Irish-Sauce/dp/B009ZIG2G4/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A3DCIJ8J2XFMR9 More »

Guinness Brisket

Guinness Brisket Marinade Recipe

If you like the taste of Guinness, believe it or not a lot people don’t. It has a very dark bold taste. However if you truly love the taste of Guinness you will love More »

A Taste for Sports - McCoy's Participating

McCoy’s THIS participating in “A Taste 4 Sports”

McCoy’s THIS participating in “A Taste 4 Sports” providing sports programs for 1400 athletes with and without developmental disabilities.  Look for more blog posts with pictures and video of the event. For More »

McCoys Gourmet Irish Sauce for Christmas


Get your sauce for the holidays on Amazon. Great to serve or to give as a gift! Notice when you change the quantity the shipping reduces. Free with three bottles.


Guinness Brisket Marinade Recipe

Guinness Brisket

If you like the taste of Guinness, believe it or not a lot people don’t. It has a very dark bold taste. However if you truly love the taste of Guinness you will love this brisket marinade recipe.  You can literally taste the Guinness in the meat after it’s cooked.

Get yourself a nice 1.5 – 2lb brisket and a big plastic container to hold the brisket and the below marinade contents and let it sit at least three hours. I let mine site literally over night.  Cook your brisket however you normally do following meat temperature safety standards.  As you can see in the image I posted I cooked mine slow over an oak wood fire pit. I left the brisket wrapped tight in aluminum foil with a lot of the marinade in the foil. Once it was cooked I unwrapped it and cooked it exposed to get some crisp bbq flavor on the outside. If you try this take pics, and let us know how it went.


1 bottle Guinness

2 cups Coke

2 tablespoons Minced Garlic

1 tablespoon parsley

1 tablespoon cilantro

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper


McCoy’s THIS participating in “A Taste 4 Sports”

A Taste for Sports - McCoy's Participating

McCoy’s THIS participating in “A Taste 4 Sports” providing sports programs for 1400 athletes with and without developmental disabilities.  Look for more blog posts with pictures and video of the event. For now, below is the official press release for the event. If you’re local to San Diego be sure to get a ticket to this event. (THURSDAY AUGUST 1st)  It will be fun and most importantly for a great cause. Today’s events are geared around promoting the event and getting the information to the public for Thursday.

San Diego, Ca — The 6th Annual “A Taste 4 SPORTS” celebrates America’s favorite pastimes: sports, eating, music, and shopping. “This is our largest and most fun event. Last year 400 attendees helped raise over $50,000. These dollars provide over 24 different sports programs for 1400 exceptional athletes with and without developmental disabilities throughout San Diego County, explains, Walter Jackson, Executive Director, Sports for Exceptional Athletes.

A Taste 4 SPORTS benefiting Sports for Exceptional Athletes (http://www.s4ea.org) takes place on August 1, 2013 from 6pm – 9:30pm at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Attendees will mix and mingle with NBA Hall of Fame Player Bill Walton, local two-time gold medalist Monique Henderson, Mad Mike from “Pimp My Ride” and other celebrities. Monique Henderson will be honored as the ‘S4EASPORTS Woman of the Year’. “A Taste 4 SPORTS” features San Diego’s own ‘Steph Johnson Trio’ playing Jazz, Latin & Soul, delicious food and libations from fabulous restaurants, chefs and wineries. The “Sensational Silent Auction” features trips, getaways, autographed sports memorabilia and much more.

“A Taste 4 SPORTS” is Thursday, August 1, from 6pm – 9:30pm at the SD Hall of Champions (2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego 92101). Tickets are $60.00 per person inclusive of food and drink. For more details and tickets Taste4Sports.com or call 858-565-7432.


New Release F A Taste 4 Sports Helping Exceptional Athletes

Irish O’Garlic Brats Soaked in Harp Beer and Grilled.

Irish O'Garlic Johnsonville Brats on the grill

In our previous blog we wrote about Mars Cheese Castle. We found some wonderful products there.  Specifically Harps Lager, Johnsonville Irish O’Garlic Brats and Irish Harp Cheddar. I can’t find these Irish O’Garlic Brats anywhere but Mars Cheese, so if you’re local to Kenosha Wisconsin be sure to check that blog out.

Cooking with this combination of products was very simple. I slit the brats down the middle and soaked them in Harps overnight.  I then grilled them on the charcoal grill.  Before I took them off the grill however I layered the Irish Harp cheese over the brats and let the heat of the grill melt the cheese.

Served on a bun with McCoys THIS. That’s it. You can taste the Harps in the meat. Hands down best brat I ever had.  Enjoy!

Irish O'Garlic Brats soaked in Harp beer

Irish O’Garlic Brats soaked in Harp beer

Irish Cheese Harp

Irish Cheese Harp

 Cheddar Cheese Irish Harp by Wisconsin Cheese Mart

Mars Cheese Castle – One stop shopping for Irish, cheese and hot sauce products

Mars Cheese Castle Wisconsin

If I died and went to heaven I would imagine the pearly gate gift shop would look like Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It’s a gift shop, it’s a grocery store, it’s a restaurant, it’s a bakery, it’s a liquor store and it’s a pub.

You can find a variety of hot sauces. Some are frankly novelty if you’re into buying crazy labels with the same sauce in every bottle. They also have some quality sauces including an end cap dedicated to Blair products.

What really surprises me about this store is they have a lot of Irish products.  Irish cheeses that’s a no brainer but they also carry Irish beers and some Irish meats.  Check out some of the photos from the store.

They do not however at the moment carry McCoy’s THIS. We will keep you updated if that changes in the near future. It’s definitely a perfect location for the product.

Mars Cheese Castle can’t be missed if you’re driving down 94. It’s a convient location right off the exit ramp.  Thier website (Mars Cheese Castle) doesn’t do any justice to how wonderful the store is in person. Check it out in person you wont be disappointed.






“Bacon Birds” Jalapeno’s on the grill threaded with Bacon

IrishHotSauce.com Bacon Birds

You heard it here first. We’re coining a new term to describe a merging of two great things. Jalapeno peppers and bacon.  We now introduce to you BACON BIRDS.

It’s very simple to make. Core out your peppers  removing the seeds and make a square incision on each side of the pepper.  Grill the peppers until they are soft. Put a little cheese inside but not higher than the incisions for the bacon. Thread the bacon through carefully. Now fill the rest of the pepper with cheese if desired.  Return to grill to melt the cheese.

These Bacon birds will take flight at any barbecue.  Grabbing the bird by the wing makes it an easy appetizer to get a hold of.


IrishHotSauce.com Bacon Birds

Find lots of interesting food topics on IrishHotSauce.com including these Bacon Birds


Just looking for Irish Bacon? Find it on Amazon here or if you’re in northern Illinois check out one of our previous posts on Long Grove, Illinois. They keep the freezers stocked with Irish food.


Imported Breakfast Bacon. 5 Lb

Drinks gas for Pub Owners

Many people dream of being a publican but few realise the minor details that go into to running a successful pub. One of these oft overlooked aspects includes drinks gas and beer gas that are crucial to maintaining a fizzy and refreshing beverage for your clientele. For that reason you need a drinks gas supplier that is reliable and provides everything required.

Make sure you find a supplier whose every aspect of their service is based on commitment and putting your needs first. It’s ok to lean on and depend on their expertise and experience as well as their resources. A top quality beer gas supplier will think nothing of helping you manage your day to day needs as well as planning for the future.

Beer gas suppliers can help you choose a system that really meets your needs as well as upgrading any existing system should your business grow and flourish. Remember to shop around however and be sure to talk in depth to the companies in question who will supply the drinks gas, this will ensure you can rely on the very best equipment solutions and only the finest technology.

So what can you expect from your beer gas dispensing service provider? Quite simply they will do it all. This includes connecting cylinders at the point of use and removing empties. They will manage beer gas cylinder stocks for you as well as the continued guidance and expertise should you need anything else. The best part about this is that your beverages can all benefit from quality drinks gas.

Your beers will have a creamier longer lasting head, there will be less frothing and you may even notice an increase in the speed of dispensing. For those with a large bar and an array of products on show you can benefit from different ranges of gas for specific beverages. For more information be sure to conduct thorough research to get the most for your bar.
URL: http://www.co2gas.co.uk/


Review of McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder


Image Credit: McDonalds.com

Fast food just got a little more spicy. McDonald’s recently released a new Quarter Pounder that’s layered in Habanero sauce.  The only thing Irish about this sandwich is the Mc in McDonalds but this blog is not just about Irish it’s about heat and spicy food. So here we go.

We all know the actual burger/sandwich never looks like the menu picture. So I included my own pictures below. I asked them for some of the sauce on the side.  They don’t provide condiment packets for it. So don’t be surprised if you get deer in head lights look if you do the same. Just ask them to put it in a small container. 





The Quarter Pounder Habanero Ranch is topped with cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and a habanero ranch sauce. I asked for it without the lettuce and tomato so I could really taste the sauce.  They don’t put a lot of sauce on it but for anyone that doesn’t like spicy it probably delivers a slight kick. For the rest of us I would say it’s a very low end medium burn.

However if you eat the sauce directly it’s more of a medium burn and leaves your lips burning slightly. It has a dry pepper chili con queso taste to it in my opinion. I don’t dislike it but I don’t want to drink it :-)

The ingredients are listed below. The sauce is basically mayo with spices and citric acid ingredients to keep the ph correct. There’s actually more Cayenne pepper than Habanero. I’m not surprised by this.

The bacon is not crispy how I like it but it does have a really good smokey flavor to it. The smokey flavor mixes nice with the dry peppery tasting habanero ranch.

A little pricey at $4 just for the sandwhich but I’m just happy whenever I see more spicy menu options fast food or not.

In support of bringing more heat to menus go out and get you one. Let us know what you think.


Ingredients: Water, Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Distilled Vinegar, Buttermilk Powder, Egg Yolks, Maltodextrin, Dried Cayenne Red Pepper Sauce (Aged
Cayenne Red Peppers, Vinegar, Salt, Garlic), Sugar, Corn Starch, Modified Food Starch, Contains 1% or Less: Salt, Spice and Spice Extractives, Natural Flavor
(Dairy and Animal Sources), Lemon Juice Concentrate, Lactic Acid, Habanero Pepper, Red Bell Pepper Powder, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate
(Preservatives), Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Apple Cider Vinegar

Get McCoy’s THIS at “The BIG Irish Fair and Music Festival” – Southern California

McCoy's THIS Carried by Irish Import Shop

Still got those St Patty day blues? You don’t have to wait until next March. This weekend Southern California is hosting the biggest and best in Irish Music, sports, art and food. I’m guessing they might sell a Guinness or two. Just a guess!

If you’re not already a loyal customer of McCoy’s Thick Hot Irish Sauce this is your chance to pick up a bottle.  Stop by the vendor booth of the Irish Import Shop. They carry McCoy’s THIS in their two store locations and will be selling our products at the fair this weekend.

Excerpt from Irish Imports website.

The Irish Import Shop was founded in 1962. It started out as a room in an apartment which was quickly outgrown, and so moved into a storefront on Beverly Blvd and Normandie which was at the time, the hub of the Irish community in Los Angeles. The Irish Import Shop has been at it’s present location, near the corner of Melrose and Vine Street, since 1988. We also have a store at 3985 Harney St in San Diego.

To learn more about Irish Import Shops here’s their website: https://irishimportshop.com/


The BIG Irish Fair and Music Festival

Not that you need any more reasons to visit this fantastic festival but I would like to point out the opportunity to get a discount and help feed the homeless.

Food for the homeless:

Sunday morning between 9:30 & 10:30 am the Irish Fair will offer a $4.00 per person discount off the FULL adult admission of $18.00 to those who donate 6 cans of food or more.

If you would care to add to this effort your contribution would certainly be appreciated.
Sponsored by the Irish Fair Foundation and the  AOH LA County Board



When: June 15 & 16 (2013)

Where: The fair grounds are located on the South side of Irvine Lake. The best way to get there is:

From the North and East, Yorba Linda, Inland Empire:
Take the 91 freeway to the 241 Toll Road going south and exiting  at Sanitago Cyn. and drive east. (Follow the signs.)

If you do not want to use the Toll Road, take the 91 to the 55 south to the Chapman exit, (The 55 only exits going South).

Take Chapman east until it turns into Sanitago Cyn. and follow the signs.

Note, when you exit onto Chapman you will have about 15 min. of city driving until you reach Sanitago Cyn. Rd. and then about 10 min. to the park.

From Los Angeles or Northern Orange County:

5 freeway south, exit at Jamboree Road. Go northeast on Jamboree Road to Santiago Cyn. and make a right turn on to Santiago Cyn. and follow the signs to the park. 5 min.from Jamboree.

From the South, Southern Orange County:

Take 5 freeway south, exit at Jamboree Road. Go northeast on Jamboree Road to Santiago Cyn. and make a right turn on to Santiago Cyn. and follow the signs to the park. 5 min.from Jamboree. Or take the 241 toll road North to Sanitago Cyn. and drive east. This can be picked up at the Oso Parkway in Mission Viejo or from the 133.

How to get more information: 





New Ruffles® Crispy Fries & Queso Jalapeno Potato Chips

New Ruffles® Crispy Fries

(Image credt: 7-Eleven)

We have a passion for all new products.  When I see something unique and interesting come up I like to share it with everyone.

Ruffles is coming out with a new product this month that is a hybrid potato chip / french fry. I’m curious which one it taste more like. I’m also excited to dip them in McCoy’s THIS!!

The advertising is saying it’s a limited time. I’m guessing they want to see if it gets a good response or not.  They’ll be available in the grocery stores but seems 7/11 has a head start on carrying them June 23rd.


If you like Ruffles you might also want to check out

Ruffles Queso Jalapeno Potato 

Ruffles Queso Jalapeno Potato Chips 6.5oz Bag (Pack of 4)



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