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Popular Southern Hot Sauces

SonyBob May 23, 2011 08:22 PM

We visited our grandson, a grad student at North Carolina State. He's a Carolina barbecue convert (we prefer KC or Memphis but that's another subject). Anyway, he lamented that he couldn't get any southern hot sauces at his market. I would like to send him some but the only one I can remember (from New Orleans) is Crystal. It was on almost every table in NOLA. Can anyone suggest any other popular southern hot sauces besides Crystal and Tobasco?
Thank you

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    Japanecdote RE: SonyBob May 23, 2011 08:54 PM

    A popular one in North Carolina is Texas Pete, but if he's at NC State I imagine he can get some...

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      CyndiA RE: Japanecdote May 25, 2011 09:25 PM

      Yes. He can get Texas Pete in NC. It is a NC product - not a Texas product even if the name does say Texas.

    2. goodhealthgourmet RE: SonyBob May 23, 2011 09:08 PM

      there are a couple of hot sauce websites that offer enormous selections - how about getting him a gift certificate to one of them so he can choose whatever he wants?


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        oscarfbi RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 20, 2012 02:30 AM

        AVOID HOTSAUCEWORLD.COM!!! Just a warning: I just had to file a complaint with the bank for HotSauceWorld.com for never sending my items from over a month ago. Tried to reach constantly, their number is down, I would receive email response sporadically and lied to me numerous times about it going. I went to BBB.org and there are 9 complaints in the last year for the exact same problem.

      2. Sue in Mt P RE: SonyBob May 24, 2011 07:56 AM

        He can get Texas Pete at his local grocery store.

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          gilintx RE: SonyBob May 24, 2011 08:24 AM

          Not sure if this counts, but would you consider Cholula to be Southern? I live in the South, and it's currently my hot sauce of choice.

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            achtungpv RE: SonyBob May 24, 2011 08:26 AM

            Cajun Chef Louisiana Hot Sauce
            Cajun Chef Sport Peppers
            Panola Cajun Hot Sauce

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              DoobieWah RE: achtungpv May 26, 2011 01:55 PM

              Cajun Chef Louisiana Hot Sauce


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              mpjmph RE: SonyBob May 24, 2011 08:46 AM

              He's currently at NC State and can't find hot sauce? What market is he using? Crystal and Tobasco are both widely available in NC, along with Texas Pete, and many others both national, regional, and local.

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                LaLa RE: mpjmph Apr 21, 2012 11:17 AM

                Thats what I was thinking...I live in South Carolina and all these mentioned are avaiable at multple grocery stores...BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE SOUTH TOO
                Mostly I want to know what his preferring NC barbeque has to do with hot sauce...lol

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                laststandchili RE: SonyBob May 24, 2011 09:08 AM

                Crystal and Tobasco are my stand-bys.

                Melinda's is another favorite. Love the XXXX habanero reserve, and their habanero ketchup is the only ketchup I buy anymore.

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                  CDouglas RE: SonyBob May 24, 2011 12:20 PM

                  Get him some Cackalacy Spice Sauce. It is made in NC and is very popular.

                  Another good one is Louisiana Hot Sauce.

                  1. srsone RE: SonyBob May 24, 2011 12:59 PM

                    dont take this the wrong way...but how bad of eastern carolina barbeque is getting that he needs to put hot sauce on it?

                    or does he just like putting hot sauce on it?

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                      Bob W RE: srsone May 27, 2011 05:55 AM

                      Every eastern NC cue place I've ever been to has some sort of hot sauce on the table for patrons to add if they wish -- either Texas Pete or some house-made concoction, usually.

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                        LaLa RE: Bob W Apr 21, 2012 11:18 AM

                        Its there to put on the sides...not the que

                    2. JMF RE: SonyBob May 25, 2011 08:26 AM

                      Is he talking about commercial hot sauce? or Carolina style vinegar BBQ sauce?

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                        Sue in Mt P RE: JMF May 25, 2011 09:36 AM

                        Good question. If it's the BBQ sauce, I have a recipe. It's easy.

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                          SonyBob RE: Sue in Mt P May 25, 2011 07:12 PM

                          All good questions. I assume that he wants it to add to his "authentic N.C. cooking pantry" or something like that. These are all good suggestions and I appreciate your replies. Sue, I would also appreciate very much your recipe for the sauce. Thanks!

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                            lynnlato RE: SonyBob May 26, 2011 02:04 PM

                            There is a hot NC-style bbq sauce made here in NC called Bone Suckin' Sauce (they have hot and mild, and also SC-yellow style). It's pretty good for a bottled sauce and is more vinegary then other sauces (thus the nc-style). It was once rated the best commercial bbq sauce by Food & Wine or Gourmet, I forget which. But it was bottled in Chapel Hill. Not sure if it still is.

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                              C. Hamster RE: lynnlato May 26, 2011 02:22 PM

                              Also something you can buy just about everywhere now.

                              Its very good.

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                                JMF RE: lynnlato May 26, 2011 06:58 PM

                                Bone Suckin' is more a dumbed down Carolina sauce made for those who like gloppy sauces for the grill. It really isn't a Carolina sauce which is thin, acidic, with some sweet and heat. No commercial sauces fit the bill, it has to be homemade or at a bbq pit.

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                                  srsone RE: JMF May 26, 2011 10:25 PM

                                  bbqsaucereviews.com gives bone suckin sauce a 5 out of 5

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                                    lynnlato RE: JMF May 27, 2011 03:49 AM

                                    "Bone Suckin' is more a dumbed down Carolina sauce made for those who like gloppy sauces for the grill"

                                    Which is why I was careful not to say it was eastern or western style, but it's made in NC (or at least it used to be) and is most definitely better than most processed bbq sauces. It has a nice vinegary tang that the sicking sweet goppy ones do not. And it's not "gloppy" at all - but very thin. I'm not a bottled sauce kind of cook either, but the OP is looking for bottled sauces so homemade won't fit the bill, dude.

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                                      C. Hamster RE: JMF May 27, 2011 10:59 AM

                                      Have you ever had it? Its not gloppy and it has a nice piquant bite.

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                                        mpjmph RE: JMF May 27, 2011 11:30 AM

                                        Scott's BBQ sauce fit's the Eastern NC sauce bill pretty well IMHO. I usually find it a Foodlion, but haven't really looked for it anywhere else.

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                                          Naco RE: mpjmph May 27, 2011 11:40 AM

                                          Agreed on Scott's. It is the best bottled eastern NC sauce I have come across. I haven't seen it anywhere but at FL or Piggly Wiggly, though.

                                          I also agree that Bone Suckin' is not an NC-style sauce.

                              2. C. Hamster RE: SonyBob May 25, 2011 07:32 PM

                                You can buy almost all of the hot sauces mentioned (Crystal, Texas Pete, cholula, melindas, Tabasco in supermarkets throughout the US.

                                1. Perilagu Khan RE: SonyBob Apr 20, 2012 07:32 AM

                                  There are a couple of Datil pepper-based hot sauces made in Florida. One is called Datil Do It Devil Drops. Wasn't too impressed with it, to be honest.

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