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Jun 9, 2003 06:16 PM

Tasty sauce that's really hot?

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The thread of Sriracha below, and my response, made me think of a questions that's sort of been on my mind a while. What's a good, tasty hot sauce that's also really hot.

Tabasco to me is too vinegary.
Cholula and Tapatio I really like but they're just not hot enough.
Sriracha is tasty, tasty, but not particularly hot.
Sambal is super salty and hard to use much of.
Dave's insanity has the right heat, but it tastes kind of icky.

For Thai food I tend to use some sambal and then a bunch of thai chiles.

So what are some good, painfully hot sauces that are really tasty?

Oh, and while we're on the topic, anyone read that Mr. Chilehead book yet, the memoir about the pleasure and pain of hot foods?

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  1. It's not painfully hot but "Bad Girls in Heat" is really tasty and it has enough heat to still be exciting.

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    1. re: christina z

      here's the sight that will answer your question


      1. re: byrd

        If you're ever anywhere close to Rehoboth Beach, DE, I strongly recommend visiting Pepper's retail store at the big outlet mall. They usually have at least two dozen sauces available to try -- not that anyone could try two dozen hot sauces and still have taste buds left; the sauces available for sampling always range from mild to excruciating.

        1. re: byrd

 has a ton of sauces and is actually way cheaper than peppers... Just a heads up to fellow fans...

        2. re: christina z

          Sounds too trendy to be good.

          Where can I find some?

        3. Mad Dog 357 is good and really really hot. Also, check out the sauces from Pain Is Good. I like their Louisisana and Jamaican style sauces.


          1. If you like tapatio, you might want to check out slasa tamazula (the black label, extra hot version) it's not as hot as dave's or some of the capseicin based sauces but it's like a more concentrated version of tapatio.

            Also yucateco makes some fairly tasty habanero based sauces.

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            1. re: zim

              I second the suggestion of Yucateco.

            2. I like Inner Beauty Hot Sauce and its relatively easy to find.

              1. I like Melinda's habanero sauces. They make a bunch of different hot to very hot sauces many of which are mixed with fruit to give them a nice flavor.

                You can buy their products online. Here's a link to their website:


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                1. re: Nancy Berry

                  I was going to recommend Melinda's so instead I will second your recommendation. Not only the ones with fruit but one I think contains carrots and onions for a more savory flavor.

                  People who like things really hot and fruity should investigate other Caribbean sauces that are along the same lines. At Peppers you can build a collection of sauces from virtually every inhabited island.

                  1. re: Bob W.

                    Melindas (Costa Rica) and Marie sharpes (Belize), rather similar sauces are my faves too. I would tho caution against "building a collection" of more than a few bottles since hot sauce tends to go off fairly noticeably after opening. Better to have a couple of fresh bottles than a cabinet full of overthehill chile sauce.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      I keep open bottles in the fridge, as with most other vegetable/fruit-based condiments. Haven't noticed any degradation in flavors.

                      1. re: Bob W.

                        And really, I just want a couple--one for asian and middle eastern (after working at mamouns in college, i can't imagine falafel without some searing heat to cut through the tahini), one for my latin american dishes, and a good all purpose one for sandwiches and eggs and things like fried fish.

                        I tend to go through them pretty quickly. A jar of sambal, for example, typically lasts me a week or two in the fridge. Tapatio goes even quicker if I'm eating at home with any regularity.

                        1. re: Bunny-Bunny
                          Professor Salt

                          Mmmm... Mamouns. Now I have a baseline for what "hot" means to you. When I lived in NY, I used to go to the Greenwich Village store all the time.

                          Where does Mamoun's buy that pepper sauce, or do they make it? I've always wondered what the name for that sauce is... do you know?

                          1. re: Professor Salt

                            I worked at the New Haven branch of Mamouns, and the brothers there just called in the sauce. They bought it, but I don't know the brand name. It was written in Arabic!