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Let's talk Hot Sauce....

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How about a list of say 3 or more of your favorite hot sauces, (or any other spicy condiments)and your favorite uses of them. Here's a few of mine:

Frank's Red Hot - Buffalo wings

El Yucateco Chipotle - mix in mayo for sandwiches and in braised dishes that also include tomato
El Yucateco Habanero(green) - in braises with no tomato

Suong Ot Sriracha - added to Chinese take-out

Tabasco Jalapeno - sprinkled on fried (breaded) seafood

any other recommendations out there?

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  1. Inner Beauty Real Hot Sauce - on chicken or fish

    El Yucateco Habenero Sauce - on sandwiches and just about anything mexican

    Hot Buns on the Beach - I know I know, in fact, because of the stupid name and label I did not order this stuff from the catalogs I get in spite of the interesting write up. But one day I found myself in Heaven on Seventh in Chicago with bread and a table full of hot sauces in front of me and this was the best one there.

    Locally - we have a restaurant here in Pittsburgh (Fat Heads) that sells "Caribbean Killer" sauce which I must always have a jar of. I make a sauce out of it adding peppers and onions and top turkey or boca burgers with it.

    Finally any decent hot sauce on potatoes, fried, baked, boiled, microwaved.........

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    1. re: Aimee

      After years of multiple partners, I have finally settled down in a monogamous relationship with Lottie('s), the scotch bonnet/ mustard variety. I find she satisifies all my craving for heat, and has a wonderful personality to boot. I have cleaned out my hot sauce cabinet in the kitchen, much to my wife's approval. I will occasionally cook with Cajun Chef Green Sauce, but it is nothing serious, just a mere dalliance.

      1. re: Aimee

        What is your current source for Inner Beauty Real Hot??
        I need some (it's my favourite) and can't find it anywhere.

        1. re: cap

          The Strip District in Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania Macaroni Company has recenlty added a shelf of hot sauces including Inner B. - unfortunately not listed on their web site for sale. Prior to this I relied on mail order:


          I have ordered from both of these catalogs with good results.

          1. re: Aimee

            Thanks. I'll try firegirl I guess.
            Last time I tried mohotta they said the IB had been on backorder so long that they no longer carried it.

      2. Marie Sharp's Fiery Hot on everything.

        1. Stubb's Wicked Wing Inferno, on everything.

          Link: http://www.stubbsbbq.com/

          1. Frank's Red Hot is definitely the old standby for just about anything. Always have a bottle in my fridge. Love dipping fresh popped popcorn in a little Franks.

            Melinda's XXXXtra Hot Reserve - a few drops on a tortilla chip, Triscut, etc. Also, I add it with olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and garlic to my roasted potatoes. And also to scrambled eggs if I don't have any fresh habaneros.

            Tabasco Chipotle - nice addition to burritos, tacos, etc.

            1. my standbys:

              Tabasco: on eggs, pizza, some pasta dishes, chicken, really anything. my all-purpose hot sauce.

              El Yucateco Habenero: on rice and beans, burritos, other mexican or southwestern food. goes particularly well with sour cream.

              Sriracha: on sandwiches, asian dishes, a must for spicy tuna when making sushi. Goes particularly well with mayo.

              These are all, to me, condiments usually used on finished dishes. For cooking, I generally use dried Italian pepperoncini (in pastas, with sauteed vegetables, on pizza), chinese chili-garlic paste (for fried rice, other stir-frys), and cayenne pepper (for almost everything else).

              1. Good discussion.

                I think the two basics for on the table additions are tobasco and louisana, depending on my mood.

                Franks is a good one for wings if I don't have sauce from CJ's in Columbia, MO.

                I used to like Belindas but have grown tired of it (and somehow yet not of the first two mentioned).

                And I agree with another poster on Maries. I just got a set from the mom in law and brought one of the fiery reds to work - I love it when I save the dough to have an uncle ben's micro bowl or similar.

                I think I might have to start a similar thread on salsas, especially since I found a great one in my safeway, of all places.

                1. c

                  My favorite is Harold's Dangerously Hot Sauce or HDH. Its from CaJohn's, see link below. Good heat, great flavor. Its the best tasting hot sauce that I have tried.

                  For wings, I like Frank's. But I always add a good dash of habanero powder because Frank's ain't hot.

                  Of course, my homemade is good too.

                  Link: http://www.cajohns.com/

                  1. Not as easy to find retail, but Susie's Hot sauce tastes great and is quite hot. It is made in Antigua. Google for their info.

                    1. My absolute, bar none favorite is D.L. Jardine's Blazing Saddle. It's a bright, flavorful habanero sauce that's about the habanero flavor, not just burning your tongue to smithereens. It's hot, but it's not death hot, and it's very light on the vinegar. This is great on all kinds of mexican food.

                      I also like their Texas Champagne, which is like Tabasco, but in my opinion, much much better. Again, light on the vinegar but full of flavor. It's smashing on huevos rancheros.

                      Link: http://www.jardinefoods.com

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                      1. re: Caviar

                        These are my favorites also.

                        1. re: Amy

                          Have you found anyplace to buy them except mail order? I frequently find that the stores in Manhattan stock a few Jardine's products, but never the stuff I want.

                      2. My 3 favorite hot sauces are:

                        1)Tiger Sauce (it was my staple at LSU cafeteria..)
                        2) Crystal Louisiana hot sauce - great with all the Cajun dishes (jambalaya, red beans & rice, etc.)
                        3) Pain is Good Batch (#37 is garlic, #117 is Jamican)

                        1. Here are a few of my favorites...

                          We are talking hot.

                          1. these are the ones i usually keep in the house and what i might use them for.

                            Tabasco habanero-all purpose hot sauce usually on eggs or pizza
                            Crystal- another all purpose, not as hot but good flavour, i use this in bloody marys
                            Sricha-anything asian and anything fried, it also is really good on fried foods mixed with a little mayonaise.
                            el yucatero habanero-anything mexican or raw clams or oysters. also very good with eggs
                            sambal olek, i cant remember the brand but i use this while cooking most asian dishes or marinades(as opposed to the sri cha which i use more as a condiment)
                            Chopped italian cherry peppers-great on sandwiches, again i forgot the brand. This really livens up a sandwich or hamburger
                            and finally i have a neighbour whose boyfriend is from dominica who makes her own sauce from scotch bonnet peppers. It is kind of chunky and really good, when i have this i use it on almost anything.

                            1. Personally, I like to Tabasco sauces, especially the green which is milder and the chipotle.

                              For a garlic sauce, I prefer Cajun Power Sauce and the Garlic cajun Power Sauce which are produced in Opelousas, LA.

                              Crystal brand hot sauces are also pretty good, IMO.

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                              1. re: jlawrence01

                                Cajun Power has a new one - "Spicy" Garlic Sauce -


                              2. there are lots of good ones that are fiery hot, but the one i think kicks the most ass in the flavor department with the appropriate amount of heat is Maggi Chili Garlic sauce. hard to find. very worth the search though.

                                1. pico pica-hot and mild versions;
                                  not vinegar based like most

                                  Link: http://www.juanitasfoods.com/english/...

                                  1. I love Sriracha & Sambal Olek (great for cooking with). Also, though it isn't that hot, Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce is great with fried foods and rice dishes.

                                    1. For the last 15+ years I keep a bottle of Texas Pete on the kitchen counter and kitchen table. For some reason tastes better than the other generics. Until it was available locally I used to have cases shipped in - now available at Walmart.

                                      Like the old joke about Pace - they tried coming up with a salsa dedicated to the midwest tastebuds. When they ended up with ketchup they gave up. :)

                                      1. Several years ago my son brought me a bottle of Lizano brand Tabasco sauce from - I think - the Dominican Republic. It was one of the hottest and most flavorful I've ever had. Unfortunately, I cannot find it anywhere.

                                        A not too sauce that I like is Try Me brand Shrimp and Oyster Sauce.

                                        1. Several years ago my son brought me a bottle of Lizano brand Tabasco sauce from - I think - the Dominican Republic. It was one of the hottest and most flavorful I've ever had. Unfortunately, I cannot find it anywhere.

                                          A not too sauce that I like is Try Me brand Shrimp and Oyster Sauce.

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                                          1. re: jdff broder

                                            I have a bottle of Lizano Sauce, however it isn't spicy, but maybe a spicy one is available? A friend gave me it and recommended it for inclusion in rice and bean dishes, as well as a marinade for meats. Lizano Sauce is from Costa Rica. The friend who gave me the bottle purchased it in a market in Plainfield, NJ. An importers label is attached to the bottle i have that reads, 'Mac Green Forest INC. Manville NJ".
                                            I hope this info is useful for you!

                                            1. re: Drew

                                              I just did a search for Lizano sauce and found it for about two bucks a bottle on ebay, and the description reads 'Hot'. I think I will have to try it because. I really like the not spicy version.

                                          2. All my favorites are hot but not melt-your-head hot. Sriracha, Yucatan Sunshine, El Yucateca Green, Marie Sharp if you can find it, and one more I can't remember the name of, with a round wooden bottle top.

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