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Hot sauce recommendations

I have never bought hot sauce before.

I think the only hot sauce I have eaten is at fast food joints.

 

I add diced jalapeños to some foods.

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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mt-Olive-Delicatessen-Style-Diced-Jalapeno-Peppers-32-fl-oz/49058128

 

I add Pace Chunky Salsa (and diced jalapeños) to other foods.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pace-Medium-Chunky-Salsa-64-oz/11984485

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I think it's time I bought some hot sauce.

What hot sauce do you like, and why?

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Normal Tabasco is great on anything with eggs or cheese, lovely in pasta sauces.
Tabasco Habanero is an upgrade, if you like the extra bite.

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Zulumoose wrote:
Normal Tabasco is great on anything with eggs or cheese, lovely in pasta sauces.
Tabasco Habanero is an upgrade, if you like the extra bite.

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I use this over 50% of my food…my doctor is not very happy with this Blushing

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Bottled sauce is never hot enough for me. So I prefer fresh ground chili.

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lumenzilla wrote:
Bottled sauce is never hot enough for me. So I prefer fresh ground chili. !https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/87/Sambal_ulek.jpg![/qu...

 

Hell yeah! Even the mildly hot to Indonesian is already crazy hot to most Western people (Mexican not included).

My Canadian cousin always spend the first few days in Indonesia sitting in the toilet.

Since we're in a DIY forum (not you Lumenzilla, you're in DIY city), then this might interest some:

 

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Mild plain old Louisiana Franks or Durkee hot sauce. Dash of tobasco if needed.

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Huy Fong Sriracha, Red Rooster Louisiana, Tapatío, and Frank’s Red Hot are all great mild-medium sauces that add flavor to just about anything. And they’re cheap!

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What I’ve been going with lately – Secret Aardvark (sauce) and Slap Ya Mama (seasoning). But anything spicy is good enough for me Big Smile


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Trevi_lux wrote:
Zulumoose wrote:
Normal Tabasco is great on anything with eggs or cheese, lovely in pasta sauces.
Tabasco Habanero is an upgrade, if you like the extra bite.

!https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41evj6emeKL.SX425.jpg!

I use this over 50% of my food…my doctor is not very happy with this Blushing


what is the problem with using this?
I thought it was made from pretty OK ingredients…
Love the chipotle tabasco as well

lumenzilla wrote:
Bottled sauce is never hot enough for me. So I prefer fresh ground chili.


Awesome

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Dave’s Insanity Sauce
I’ve never tasted one, but I like the story it was banned from the National Fiery Food Show
because of visitors claiming it was to hot.

There are Reddit stories about the sauce:
https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/xuv2e/i_am_dave_hirschkop_creator...

From the thread:
BasicLiftingService • 5y
Why were you banned from Fiery Foods? I’ve always wondered why you guys didn’t have a stand, when Blair’s is prominently featured. I’d love the chance to directly compare your sauces.

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davesgourmet • 5y
Our Insanity Sauce was banned from the show because a guy had a minor respiratory issue requiring medical assistance. Note that he was fine an hour later. We also had a guy pass out for a few seconds after eating Insanity bombs that we were serving.

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lumenzilla wrote:
Bottled sauce is never hot enough for me. So I prefer fresh ground chili.

!https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/87/Sambal_ulek.jpg!

yummy! i like that! Evil

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Litefighter wrote:

Huy Fong Sriracha

voip wrote:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sriracha_sauce

My favorite!

I had a Subway sandwich with sriracha sauce, and did not care for it.

Of course it probably wasn't Huy Fong Sriracha, which is highly recommended online.

Anyone try the Subway sriracha sauce?

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I don’t think Subway uses the same sauce! I can’t be entirely sure though, but whatever I taste in fast food joints is somehow weird.
Have been cooking for a decade on my own now, maybe that’s why.

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Texas Pete. Makes great on everything and excellent base for buffalo wings.

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‘Satan’s Sh*t’ by Chilli Pepper Pete

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What is considered a hot sauce? Any hot, spicy or burning sauce? If so, consider myself of the DIY crowd.

I always have a small jar of dry cayenne pepper at home, like these:

The key here is dry and milled, as it maximizes the power and surface to weight ratios.

Milled a few rounds of this stuff in my coffee grinder and now it's waiting to be dumped, somehow the pepper substance got into the bearings and no @#$% way now.

When milled this way this inexpensive midrange spice kicks ass, and it's easy to mix with whatever sauce.

 

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Flying Luminosity wrote:
‘Satan’s Sh*t’ by Chilli Pepper Pete

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The branding is hilarious! LOL

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Some really nice sauces made by these guys… http://justchillies.co.uk

I picked some up at the agricultural shows but need to order some more now, the chocolate habanero was a big hit here.

The Mango was a really nice sweet sauce, very mild.

The really hot one I tried at the show but gave a miss, it was pretty mean!

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Trader Joe’s Green Dragon. You can get it at Amazon if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you.

It goes great with tamales, tacos, etc.. Because it has jalapeños, tomatillos, cilantro, garlic, and habanero pepper powder in it, I find it a lot more flavorful than something like Sriracha.

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Pete7874 wrote:

Trader Joe’s Green Dragon. You can get it at Amazon if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you.

It goes great with tamales, tacos, etc.. Because it has jalapeños, tomatillos, cilantro, garlic, and habanero pepper powder in it, I find it a lot more flavorful than something like Sriracha.

I do love jalapeños!

I might have to drop by Trader Joe's.  :BEER:

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Now there’s a first. Someone from California who’s not well schooled in hot sauces. LOL

Sounds like you’re right about at the stage I was 30 years ago. Big Smile Mom always had Pace salsa in the fridge. Can’t stand it now but it was a starting point. I’m a bit of a salsa snob these days. A Mexican friend of mine taught me how to properly make it years ago and now I rarely find any as good as my own. Oops

I have to disagree on Tabasco. The heat is fine but the flavor is awful. That of course is just my personal opinion. They’ve been around forever so obviously many disagree. Now green Tabasco on the other hand is delicious. Wonderful on chicken and a handful of other things.

For an entry level hot sauce you can’t go wrong with Franks Red Hot. It’s probably the most versatile at least to my taste.

Sriracha is very good but only on certain dishes IMHO. For any example on a good omelette or a frittata Huy Fong nails it. There’s a very cool documentary on the guy who started the company. He came over as a refugee fro Vietnam in the late 70’s and the company is named after the boat that brought him here. Dude is crazy rich now and just a kind humble man. Good watching. Huy Fong also makes my favorite soup spicer-upper Sambal Oelek.

Add some of this to cheap store bought Ramen and you’ll think that 25 cent meal is liquid gold! Big Smile

Another very tasty one you’ll see in lots of restaurants particularly Mexican is Cholula. That’s a pretty versatile one and almost as good on egg dishes as Sriracha.

One overwhelming theme in my hot sauce usage is variety. Hot sauce pairing are like wine pairings to me. Each one has its place. It’s also very fun to explore. There is an insane amount of variety in the hot sauce world these days so your options are limitless. Great topic by the way. Thumbs Up

Now let’s just wait for The Miller to chime in. He’ll have his own homemade hot sauce made from peppers grown on the slopes of a vineyard near his Castle that can only be harvested on a full moon at midnight then aged in sun, tied in hand woven sacks tied at precisely 8 feet to a Bamboo stalk where the fairies guard them at night for 3 weeks when they’re ready to be ground by hand with a mortar and pestle from the 14th century. Silly

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This is such a personal thing I find it difficult to believe that a posted picture of sauce and a hugely subjective description will be of much use.

 

But I'm going to do it anyway. Then I'm going to make a practical suggestion.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Gator-Hammock-Sauce-Ounce-Bottles/dp/B007OULEQI

 

This stuff is peppery, spicy, hot, and savory. If you like hot but not mind melting hot, put some on your eggs. 

 

Practical advice:

Go to a place like California Tortilla, who has a huge hot sauce bar. Grab 10 sauces and get a side of chips. Try them out. See what you like. Occasionally you can find hot sauce stores (there was one in DC that lasted a few years) with tasting bars. 

 

Also see what the stores near you have. No point in getting into some obscure nonsense if you can never get it. 

Some decent stuff that's easy to get that I've enjoyed (YMMV?)

  1. Tabasco green. a tangy spice flavor on the milder side.
  2. Whole Foods carries Scoville brand Garlic Cayenne which is tasty but not too hot.
  3. Trader Joe's Chili Pepper Sauce. Again more about heat and flavor, not blazingly hot. My 20 month old can (and does) eat this.
  4. Melinda's Habanero sauce. Pretty neutral habanero heat. great when you want to just punch up the pain a tiny bit. I'm sure most big stores carry something similar.

I tend to stay away from the silly, gimmicky novelty sauces. I'm a pretty un-serious guy but I don't usually go out of my way to be pandered to. Plus they all seem to have some combination of the same ingredients... vinegar, some variety of hot chili, sugar, garlic, water, etc. etc.

Curious about that Trader Joe's Green Dragon. Might have to grab some.

 

You can also amuse yourself with videos of people eating various hot chilis like the Carolina Reaper and the Dragon's Breath. 

 

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anyone watch this channel? it ask the guest questions while eating chicken wings with increasingly hoter chili sauce?
some of the sounces has a silly name.

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rizky_p wrote:

anyone watch this channel? it ask the guest questions while eating chicken wings with increasingly hoter chili sauce? some of the sounces has a silly name.

I think I saw that guy on The Late Show.  :-)

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y8s wrote:

This is such a personal thing I find it difficult to believe that a posted picture of sauce and a hugely subjective description will be of much use.


 


But I’m going to do it anyway. Then I’m going to make a practical suggestion.


 


https://www.amazon.com/Gator-Hammock-Sauce-Ounce-Bottles/dp/B007OULEQI



 


This stuff is peppery, spicy, hot, and savory. If you like hot but not mind melting hot, put some on your eggs. 


 


Practical advice:


Go to a place like California Tortilla, who has a huge hot sauce bar. Grab 10 sauces and get a side of chips. Try them out. See what you like. Occasionally you can find hot sauce stores (there was one in DC that lasted a few years) with tasting bars. 


 


Also see what the stores near you have. No point in getting into some obscure nonsense if you can never get it. 


Some decent stuff that’s easy to get that I’ve enjoyed (YMMV?)



  1. Tabasco green. a tangy spice flavor on the milder side.

  2. Whole Foods carries Scoville brand Garlic Cayenne which is tasty but not too hot.

  3. Trader Joe’s Chili Pepper Sauce. Again more about heat and flavor, not blazingly hot. My 20 month old can (and does) eat this.

  4. Melinda’s Habanero sauce. Pretty neutral habanero heat. great when you want to just punch up the pain a tiny bit. I’m sure most big stores carry something similar.


I tend to stay away from the silly, gimmicky novelty sauces. I’m a pretty un-serious guy but I don’t usually go out of my way to be pandered to. Plus they all seem to have some combination of the same ingredients… vinegar, some variety of hot chili, sugar, garlic, water, etc. etc.


Curious about that Trader Joe’s Green Dragon. Might have to grab some.


 


You can also amuse yourself with videos of people eating various hot chilis like the Carolina Reaper and the Dragon’s Breath. 


 


Agreed it’s all very personal. Kind of like asking someone here “What’s a good flashlight to buy?” Big Smile

I can tell by your descriptions I’ll probably like the sauces you do. I’ve never even heard of gator sauce but by your description as well as the way it looks through the glass I’m fairly certain that could fall into the “new favorite” category. I’ll have to see if I can find a single bottle somewhere. Can’t be spending $20 on hot sauce right now but man I was tempted to put it right in my Amazon cart and take advantage of my Prime shipping. It could be in my belly by Sunday!

Good idea on places with hot sauce bars. There’s a chain of sub shops called Firehouse Subs that has an awesome selection of sauces and of course, really good subs. They even have the sauces labeled on a heat scale so you know what you’re getting into. I know they’re in a bunch of states in the US including California (I just checked). I only ate there once but my sub was excellent and I’ve been wanting to go back. I was out of state at the time but they’re starting to pop up all over Michigan now too so I’ll be going back soon.

Edit: RobertB that is hilarious! Beer

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J-Dub74 wrote:

There’s a chain of sub shops called Firehouse Subs that has an awesome selection of sauces and of course, really good subs. They even have the sauces labeled on a heat scale so you know what you’re getting into. I know they’re in a bunch of states in the US including California (I just checked). I only ate there once but my sub was excellent and I’ve been wanting to go back. I was out of state at the time but they’re starting to pop up all over Michigan now too so I’ll be going back soon.

I've been to Firehouse Subs a few times, but I didn't know about the selection of sauces.

I get a large sub with every kind of pepper they have!  :D

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J-Dub74 wrote:
Agreed it's all very personal. Kind of like asking someone here "What's a good flashlight to buy?" Big Smile I can tell by your descriptions I'll probably like the sauces you do. I've never even heard of gator sauce but by your description as well as the way it looks through the glass I'm fairly certain that could fall into the "new favorite" category. I'll have to see if I can find a single bottle somewhere. Can't be spending $20 on hot sauce right now but man I was tempted to put it right in my Amazon cart and take advantage of my Prime shipping. It could be in my belly by Sunday! Good idea on places with hot sauce bars. There's a chain of sub shops called Firehouse Subs that has an awesome selection of sauces and of course, really good subs. They even have the sauces labeled on a heat scale so you know what you're getting into. I know they're in a bunch of states in the US including California (I just checked). I only ate there once but my sub was excellent and I've been wanting to go back. I was out of state at the time but they're starting to pop up all over Michigan now too so I'll be going back soon. !{width:100%}https://i.imgur.com/TjguZzi.jpg! Edit: RobertB that is hilarious! :BEER:

 

Look at the front row of that photo about 2/3 of the way from the left side... gator hammock!

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Huy Fong Sriracha is pretty much required. I’ve tried some other brands and they just don’t get it quite right with the sweet/hot/salty. The green Srirachas are really good too and don’t quite seem so brand dependent. But these are more or less just mild sauces. If you are looking for actual heat I’d recommend Dave’s Gourmet Ghost Pepper. I’ve probably purchased at least 10 bottles over the past couple years and still have 3 in stock. I’ve tried their Insanity and Ultimate Insanity and they didn’t seem as hot to me as the Ghost Pepper one. I also like the taste of the ghost pepper better. I’ve tried quite a few hot sauces over the years and seem to always come back to this one.

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