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Apr 23, 2007 09:44 PM

Really hot natural pepper sauces?

Most really spicy hot sauces seem to use pepper extracts, whose flavor I cannot stand. I greatly prefer the taste of real peppers and spices. I particularly like Purgatory's _Cat Scratch Fever_ and Habby Nero's _Slap Your Mama_, complex sauces with plenty of heat and flavor. No xanthan gum, either.

Anybody have some recommendations for natural pepper sauces with a punch? Tabasco's Habanero sauce doesn't count (lacks punch).

CaJohn's Talon and Sauce 10 look interesting. Would a chilihead with still-functioning taste buds be able to handle them?

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  1. CaJohn's has a really good hot sauce called H. D. H (Harold's Dangerously Hot) sauce. Its my favorite. Tastes great, no extract (chileheads say that tastes like burned cat) and plenty of heat. His buddy Jim Campbell makes a fine sauce called Ralph Righteous that he sells here

    Plenty hot too, just not as much flavor. Good luck

    1. This my friend is my all time favoring salsa picante.

      Once you try this, you'll be hooked.

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      1. re: bkhuna

        I love this sauce and the regular red sauce from El Yucateco. The green one is hot, but the color freaks me out.

        1. re: srr

          The green one is my favorite! I bought a bottle from my local Hispanic grocery, and the man at the counter looked at me suspiciously and asked, "You like this?"

          I make a mean egg salad with diced fresh jalapenos in place of celery and a few dashes of the green El Yucateco.

          1. re: savina

            Agreed, the green El Yucateco is good stuff - and for some strange reason, found as a table sauce in any number of suburban Boston Mexican restaurants! Still, although it's comparable heatwise, it's not as flavorful as Melinda's.

            1. re: BobB

              Different flavor, not habanero based. That color is crazy, but the flavor and heat level are really good.

              1. re: prunefeet

                No, it is habañero based, it even says Green Habañero Sauce on the label.

                From their Web site (
                Red contains "fresh red habañero peppers, tomato, and select spices and seasonings" pungency 5790 Scoville units.
                Green contains "fresh green habañero peppers, garlic, select spices and seasonings", pungency 8910 Scoville units.

                1. re: BobB

                  Sorry, my mistake! The color threw me I guess.

          2. re: srr

            I have the red and the green El Yucateco sauce in my fridge, at home, and like them alot despite them containg sorbic acid I believe, I checked the label last night while I was cooking dinner. I typically prefer the sauces with no artificial ingredients, but I do like the heat of El Yucateco.

          3. re: bkhuna

            I tried it today. It was real good.

          4. Melinda's XXXX Reserve. All their sauces have a lovely fruity habañero flavor, and this one is the top of the line in terms of heat. It's no Dave's Insanity, but has a respectable burn.

            Check it out at

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            1. re: BobB

              I don't need Dave's Insanity levels of heat. A respectable burn sounds good, though. I see Melinda's also has a Red Savina sauce that looks interesting.

              1. re: aynrandgirl

                It does indeed! I've never seen that one before, hopefully it will start showing up in the same stores that carry the other Melinda's.

                1. re: aynrandgirl

                  A drop of Dave's can cure the common cold.

              2. Take a look over on and

                Do you ever make your own sauce?

                There used to be "F*ck off and Die" - a hot sauce that was made from currants and assorted goodness. I don't know if they still make it but that was a wicked high.

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