The 10 Best Hot Sauces
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Beginning the search for your enchanted ingredient can be a bit daunting. There are countless hot sauces out there, and each one is different. Those who are not seasoned in the matter may only be thinking of varying levels of spiciness, but there are many more factors to consider. Do you want to taste chipotle, habanero, cayenne? Do you want a strong vinegar flavor or a smoky, barbecue flavor? These are just some things you may want to consider before spicing up your favorite dishes. In this article, we will take a closer look at buying and using hot sauce, so without further ado, let's begin!
Matouk's Calypso Sauce
The first sauce I'm going to tell you about is something a little exotic. It may be a little difficult to find locally, but luckily for all of us who don't live in West Indies, there's Amazon! This sauce is more than a just a tasty ingredient to your next recipe, it is influenced by the songs of the first slaves brought to Trinidad to work on sugar plantations. The flavor is mustardy and herbal, but this sauce is not for the faint of heart. Made with Caribbean red peppers, which can be forty times hotter than a jalapeno pepper, there's definitely some heat!
The Pepper Plant Original California Hot Pepper Sauce
Looking for something a little thicker and heartier? Then this hot sauce might just be the one for you. Pureed jalapenos are the heat and consistency factor in this hot sauce. Its fresh pepper flavor and medium heat make it a good all-around sauce, however, the manufacturers recommend using it in potato salad, or with scrambled eggs.
Huy Fong Sriracha Chili Sauce
Now I know what some of you might be thinking. "What's so special about sriracha? They have it on the table at every Chinese buffet." One thing about sriracha is that although it's become extremely popular (with sriracha potato chips, beef jerky, almonds, etc.), it's definitely not over-rated. Probably one of the reasons that this sauce is so widely used is that it isn't overly spicy. The flavor can best be described as a delightful, garlicky heat, without an overwhelming vinegar flavor. It pairs perfectly with just about anything you would use garlic in. Instead of just putting it on your sushi, try adding it to a soup, or put it on your barbecue to give it a little extra flavor boost.
Crystal Hot Sauce
Being from Bayou Country, I have to talk about Crystal. It's made in the little town of Metaire, Louisiana, and is not lacking when it comes to flavor. This little wonder is peppery, zesty, and has a definitive spicy vinegar flavor. Cayenne gives this hot sauce its signature flavor. It is mildly spicy, so don't be afraid to use it liberally on your burger, pork chops, or to liven up a spicy cocktail.
Cholula Original Hot Sauce
If you're looking for something to spice up your Taco Tuesdays, then Cholula may just be a perfect fit for you. Named after the oldest known inhabited city in North America, Cholula uses traditional ingredients that are local to Mexico, such as chile arbol and piquin peppers, to create its signature taste. It is a medium heat and has a salty, tangy flavor. It pairs well with most dishes and is sure to make your next Mexican inspired dish a hit!
Dave's Gourmet Naga Jholokia Hot Sauce
For those who are a glutton for punishment, this sauce is especially for you. This sauce is said by some to be the hottest in the world, and it is made with ghost peppers, which can be up to 150 times hotter than jalapenos! The bottle cautions to only use one drop at a time when adding it to food. However, daredevils have filmed themselves trying it straight from the bottle. Yikes! Aside from being extremely hot, the flavor has a hint of garlic to it. If you're in the mood to break a sweat when you eat your next meal, I would highly suggest this hot sauce.
So whether you're just starting out trying to find the right hot sauce or you're a hot sauce connoisseur, I hope that you've found this guidance helpful. Remember, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Hot sauce can be used on just about anything, except maybe your French toast, but other than that, feel free to experiment. It can always be used in the place of dry seasoning to add something new and fun to your food. Happy tasting!
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