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2022-01-19 6:22:38 AM  
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2022-01-19 7:16:57 AM  
It's probably better than Tabasco, which is just hot vinegar.
 
2022-01-19 8:39:15 AM  
Never tried Huy Fong.
Frank's Redhot is okay-ish.
Texas Pete is also okay-ish.
Love me some Cholula.
 
2022-01-19 8:45:55 AM  
Glad to see Huy Fong at the top.  After years (decades) of watching people chase down the "hottest" "macho man" hot sauce, people are finally coming to their senses and realizing that the heat is just one component.  Huy Fong has a wonderfully sublime flavor profile.
 
2022-01-19 8:54:24 AM  
My butthole thinks this whole entire discussion is erroneous.

I used to like hot stuff. These days it jus slays me. Slays me dead.
 
2022-01-19 8:58:55 AM  

bostonguy: It's probably better than Tabasco, which is just hot vinegar.


I'm going to need you to go sit in a corner and be wrong over there.
 
2022-01-19 9:01:34 AM  
Those of us with fully functioning taste buds see their extra spicy stuff everywhere:
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2022-01-19 9:02:19 AM  
Oh, Burman's is that stuff that looks like Frank's Red Hot but isn't.

Now I want to eat some wings.
 
2022-01-19 9:06:32 AM  

Hawk the Hawk: bostonguy: It's probably better than Tabasco, which is just hot vinegar.

I'm going to need you to go sit in a corner and be wrong over there.


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2022-01-19 9:06:47 AM  

bostonguy: It's probably better than Tabasco, which is just hot vinegar.


Pour some on your asshole and scrotum sometime.
 
2022-01-19 9:12:57 AM  

bostonguy: It's probably better than Tabasco, which is just hot vinegar.


Tabasco IS hot vinegar. Which is tasty!

/most hot sauces have their own uses and it's hard to say different types are "better."
//like, how do you even compare Sriracha to most of this list?
///that being said, Louisiana and Valentina are too low.
 
2022-01-19 9:14:03 AM  

bostonguy: Hawk the Hawk: bostonguy: It's probably better than Tabasco, which is just hot vinegar.

I'm going to need you to go sit in a corner and be wrong over there.

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Hey, I get it.   They don't stock Tabasco at Red Lobster, and you took that personally.
 
2022-01-19 9:15:37 AM  

bloobeary: Never tried Huy Fong.
Frank's Redhot is okay-ish.
Texas Pete is also okay-ish.
Love me some Cholula.


Trailer: "Sriracha" documentary now on YouTube!
Youtube grrO-uh-pxI


Sriracha is good stuff. There's also a terrific documentary about this Vietnamese guy and how he brought it to America.

I'm no super fan of it, but I try to always keep a bottle in my stable of hot sauces because it definitely has its uses and the Huy Fong variety is more flavorful than a lot of competitors (sriracha is like Thai for catsup).

Currently in cupboard:
Grace Scotch Bonnet Sauce
Harissa
Huy Fong Sriracha
Marie Sharps Red Habanero
El Yucateca Green Habenero
Tabasco
Zombie Cajun Antidote smoked pepper sauce
 
2022-01-19 9:16:49 AM  
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2022-01-19 9:20:04 AM  
List fails without the one made in New York City!
 
2022-01-19 9:21:47 AM  
I'm not a huge fan of Sriracha - it's OK (although I find no fault with people who love the stuff, personal tastes, etc.).  I tend to like it less now, because there was a time when any restaurant (including fast food) that wanted to have something "hot" on the menu made it with Sriracha.  I'm surprised Dairy Queen wasn't offering a Sriracha Blizzard.  You couldn't get away from the stuff.  Fortunately that's settled down some now.
 
2022-01-19 9:25:52 AM  

thealgorerhythm: bloobeary: Never tried Huy Fong.
Frank's Redhot is okay-ish.
Texas Pete is also okay-ish.
Love me some Cholula.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/grrO-uh-pxI]

Sriracha is good stuff. There's also a terrific documentary about this Vietnamese guy and how he brought it to America.

I'm no super fan of it, but I try to always keep a bottle in my stable of hot sauces because it definitely has its uses and the Huy Fong variety is more flavorful than a lot of competitors (sriracha is like Thai for catsup).

Currently in cupboard:
Grace Scotch Bonnet Sauce
Harissa
Huy Fong Sriracha
Marie Sharps Red Habanero
El Yucateca Green Habenero
Tabasco
Zombie Cajun Antidote smoked pepper sauce


We honeymooned in Jamaica, where I discovered Grace Scotch Bonnet Sauce - great stuff, but can't find it anywhere that I've ever been since.  Could go online and order it somewhere I guess, but never think to do that.

/Just did it
//Looks like I was thinking of Grace Hot Pepper Sauce, no Grace Scotch Bonnet Sauce
///May have to order both now.
 
2022-01-19 9:40:47 AM  

thealgorerhythm: Oh, Burman's is that stuff that looks like Frank's Red Hot but isn't.

Now I want to eat some wings.


Burman's is something I've only ever known for standard condiments - and even that, only after frequenting ALDI. so I never knew they made hot sauce (thanks for nothin, ALDI) - and speaking of Frank's, was surprised not to see Crystal on the list.

thealgorerhythm: Grace Scotch Bonnet Sauce


more than a few foodtab Farkers talked up Grace's over the last couple years, so a while back I picked up some of their Green Scotch Bonnet, and their Curry Scotch Bonnet (Cyber Duck, I just went straight to the hammazons) - it's fairly decent, just not nearly as flavorful as I was hoping?

for scotch bonnet, my one true love will always remain Matouk's Calypso, mmm...

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and then thanks to a recent-ish thread about nam prik pao, one of my new favorites is this "nephew's chili" (his Aunt's recipe) - fish-sauce, garlic, chili, sugar, vinegar.

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2022-01-19 9:41:36 AM  

Sin'sHero: New York City!


New York City!
 
2022-01-19 9:42:21 AM  
Aardvark is pretty good
 
2022-01-19 9:42:41 AM  

Cyber Duck: thealgorerhythm: bloobeary: Never tried Huy Fong.
Frank's Redhot is okay-ish.
Texas Pete is also okay-ish.
Love me some Cholula.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/grrO-uh-pxI]

Sriracha is good stuff. There's also a terrific documentary about this Vietnamese guy and how he brought it to America.

I'm no super fan of it, but I try to always keep a bottle in my stable of hot sauces because it definitely has its uses and the Huy Fong variety is more flavorful than a lot of competitors (sriracha is like Thai for catsup).

Currently in cupboard:
Grace Scotch Bonnet Sauce
Harissa
Huy Fong Sriracha
Marie Sharps Red Habanero
El Yucateca Green Habenero
Tabasco
Zombie Cajun Antidote smoked pepper sauce

We honeymooned in Jamaica, where I discovered Grace Scotch Bonnet Sauce - great stuff, but can't find it anywhere that I've ever been since.  Could go online and order it somewhere I guess, but never think to do that.

/Just did it
//Looks like I was thinking of Grace Hot Pepper Sauce, no Grace Scotch Bonnet Sauce
///May have to order both now.


Hard agree. Of my list, the Grace is what I would take to a desert island.

You found the same thing. The "hot pepper" used is  Scotch Bonnet.

I have had good luck over the years finding it in stores that either serve a Caribbean or African immigrant population. If your city has such folks find out where they shop. Sometimes Asian grocery stores will have an "other ethnic" section too where I see it. Or thank the Internet commerce gods!

Yeah I've never seen it in a standard American supermarket.
 
2022-01-19 9:55:17 AM  
I keep the top 3 and occasionally something else(varies). I gave up heat for heats sake years ago. 30 years ago I could on find Huy Fong in Asian grocery stores and now it's everywhere.
 
2022-01-19 9:57:33 AM  
Heinz sauced

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2022-01-19 10:02:27 AM  
For me, what hot sauce I use depends on what I'm making.  Different hot sauces go better with certain foods.  Cholula, Tapatio, or Valentina are all great for Mexican or Spanish cuisine. Frank's (or any of those cayenne-based hot sauces) is good for chicken.  Green Tabasco (or any jalapeno-based sauce) is a good all-rounder for tangy but not too hot.  Habanero sauces are also great all-rounders when you want more kick.  Scotch bonnett sauces are great for caribbean cuisine -- and, I discovered, French-Canadian pea soup, where the earthy notes of a scotch bonnett complement the earthy notes of the peas exceedingly well.

In short, use the hot sauce that best suits whatever it is you're eating.
 
2022-01-19 10:02:52 AM  
I use Blair's 3AM.

I was at a hot sauce eating contest at a geeky security conference.  We ate all their stuff.  Afterwards I was at the bar having a nice conversation when someone pointed out one of the other two people tied was curled up crying for his mommy. I ended up supervising milk and buckets. The other one who had tied managed to get out of the building before calling an ambulance.

They were wimps.  They had nothing hotter than 400,000 Scoville units and that was mixed with salsa.
 
2022-01-19 10:04:46 AM  
I can't eat eggs without hot sauce.
 
2022-01-19 10:14:48 AM  
LOL.  The Carolinas like Texas Pete, the world's least hot hot sauce.  I swear they make that stuff from bell peppers.
 
2022-01-19 10:19:32 AM  

DON.MAC: I use Blair's 3AM.

I was at a hot sauce eating contest at a geeky security conference.  We ate all their stuff.  Afterwards I was at the bar having a nice conversation when someone pointed out one of the other two people tied was curled up crying for his mommy. I ended up supervising milk and buckets. The other one who had tied managed to get out of the building before calling an ambulance.

They were wimps.  They had nothing hotter than 400,000 Scoville units and that was mixed with salsa.


Hmm.

I've yet to try an extract sauce that actually tasted like something worthwhile. Seems like best case scenario is "this isn't offensive, but it's lacking", and worst case is Da Bomb.

Not that I seek them out. At this point, they're foisted upon me by various folks I know.

Have never tried 3 am, but it has the same profile as a 3M scoville salsa I was recently gifted (nothing hotter than habanero/scotch bonnet, then a fark ton of extract). It doesn't taste bad-it's just lacking in actual pepper flavor. Still a worthy condiment to add some kick to other dishes.
 
2022-01-19 10:25:05 AM  

olrasputin: Have never tried 3 am, but it has the same profile as a 3M scoville salsa I was recently gifted (nothing hotter than habanero/scotch bonnet, then a fark ton of extract). It doesn't taste bad-it's just lacking in actual pepper flavor. Still a worthy condiment to add some kick to other dishes.


It isn't a condiment.  It is to be added to sauces that then gets added to food.  It is hotter than police spray.
 
2022-01-19 10:28:30 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: LOL.  The Carolinas like Texas Pete, the world's least hot hot sauce.  I swear they make that stuff from bell peppers.


Try Valentina.  You can eat that by the spoonful and you might feel a little tingle.  (To be fair they make an "extra hot" version that's better, but the regular stuff is really tame.  I use it when I want to add the otherwise nice flavour of the hot sauce without adding too much heat, like when I make a chili or burritos that my wife will be eating, because she can't deal with too much heat.  I just mix in some habanero sauce to my bowl when I dish it out.)
 
2022-01-19 10:36:44 AM  

DON.MAC: hotter than police spray.


Someone, somewhere is going to stamp that phrase on a hot sauce bottle and sell it.

If they haven't already.
 
2022-01-19 10:38:52 AM  
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2022-01-19 10:39:19 AM  

DON.MAC: olrasputin: Have never tried 3 am, but it has the same profile as a 3M scoville salsa I was recently gifted (nothing hotter than habanero/scotch bonnet, then a fark ton of extract). It doesn't taste bad-it's just lacking in actual pepper flavor. Still a worthy condiment to add some kick to other dishes.

It isn't a condiment.  It is to be added to sauces that then gets added to food.  It is hotter than police spray.


Well, their website lists it as 2M scoville. Pepper spray is 2M - 4.5M, so I dunno about "hotter than".

And yeah, I get it as a condiment. I was thrown off a little by the salsa I got, since it was, well, actual salsa. Dipped a couple chips in to try it, then finally looked it up to see why it didn't have much flavor (other than "yeah, this is pretty hot").

I'll burn through that as an after-serving addition to chili, pozole rojo, etc. But most of my hottest dishes are foods my wife doesn't really care for anyway, so I get to use actual chilis to provide heat. Not much call for extract sauces when you get to make your pot of lentils with as many ghost and birdseye chilis as you want.


Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

I can't imagine picking just 1 hot sauce. Too many different types of food out there. I'd want, at a minimum:

Solid everyday use rojo and verde sauces, like Aardvark (mentioned upthread, I believe)

Medium-high heat, vinegar-based sauce

Peri Peri

Harissa

Prik nam pla/nam prik pao type sauce

Szechuan chili oil
 
2022-01-19 10:40:44 AM  
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If you like Tabasco do try the family reserve.
 
2022-01-19 10:50:55 AM  

Dafatone: bostonguy: It's probably better than Tabasco, which is just hot vinegar.

Tabasco IS hot vinegar. Which is tasty!

/most hot sauces have their own uses and it's hard to say different types are "better."
//like, how do you even compare Sriracha to most of this list?
///that being said, Louisiana and Valentina are too low.


I think Siracha is the most distinct one on the list.  Tapatio and Valentina are both probably in the same hot sauce family, but still very different from each other.  All three seem to use a lot more of a less spicy chili compared to the others.  So it's a mild chili puree with some vinegar added.

All the others I lump in as "same sauce, different pepper."  They're varying degrees of hot vinegar and the peppers and vinegar they use make the flavors a little distinct but they're mostly interchangeable.  These are usually really hot pepper and vinegar.

/Cholula also has the flavored hot sauces which is "hot vinegar" plus [insert flavor].
//The lime is probably the best one, IMHO.
///Piktapeppa (sp?) is an amazing sauce as well and distinct from both families.
 
2022-01-19 10:53:13 AM  

bloobeary: DON.MAC: hotter than police spray.

Someone, somewhere is going to stamp that phrase on a hot sauce bottle and sell it.

If they haven't already.


Does this count?

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2022-01-19 10:58:07 AM  

Cyber Duck: I'm not a huge fan of Sriracha - it's OK (although I find no fault with people who love the stuff, personal tastes, etc.).  I tend to like it less now, because there was a time when any restaurant (including fast food) that wanted to have something "hot" on the menu made it with Sriracha.  I'm surprised Dairy Queen wasn't offering a Sriracha Blizzard.  You couldn't get away from the stuff.  Fortunately that's settled down some now.


The industry goes through these fad phases from time to time.  At one time, ghost pepper things were everywhere, although it was massively diluted ghost pepper because that's what mass market fast food joints do; they cash in on the buzz of "one of the hottest peppers in the world" but tame it to the point where non-spice heads can get a cheap thrill to say they've had ghost pepper when they've barely had anything of the sort.  Sriracha was everywhere, there was a habanero phase, etc.  I tend to just ignore them because they're never that good.  I'd rather make my own thing and use my own actual hot sauces, not some watered-down lowest-common-denominator facsimile that's 1% ghost pepper and 99% vinegar.
 
2022-01-19 11:09:37 AM  
I recently discovered Pucker Butt and Heatonist. I order sauces from both. I ordered Scotch Bonnet and Carolina Reaper seeds from Pucker Butt, so hoping my garden works out this year.
 
2022-01-19 11:22:39 AM  
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Thank me later.
 
2022-01-19 11:28:29 AM  
My current favorite Linda's Fiery Treats .
 
2022-01-19 11:30:50 AM  

olrasputin: Well, their website lists it as 2M scoville. Pepper spray is 2M - 4.5M, so I dunno about "hotter than".


Your likely right about the 2M vs 3M Scoville and I didn't even bother to check. It is at the chemical and doesn't taste like anything else level.

The pepper spray rating is in the can, not after it gets out of it. It tends to be much lower as a surface spray.
 
2022-01-19 11:35:42 AM  

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Thank me later.


Good old Yucky Taco. I like most of their sauces with the exception of the black label. That one tastes like shiat.
 
2022-01-19 11:44:15 AM  
Some farker used this for a base on some dish. So I tried it and I now want to sue that farker and heinz because they are full of lies. This is just ketchup with slitghly less sugar.

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2022-01-19 11:52:42 AM  

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Thank me later.


My problem with El Yucateco is that some of them don't actually taste good.  I have their habanero, but it tastes like they use extract, which I hate.  I still use it as an additive, because the flavour gets lost in whatever I'm making while I still get the heat, but I can't deal with the flavour when used as a condiment.  I haven't tried the specific one you posted, though.
 
2022-01-19 11:53:58 AM  

mikey15: Aardvark is pretty good


Secret Aardvark was my wife's favorite for mac n' cheese when we lived in the USA.  Pretty good, I must admit.

Gator Hammock is probably my favorite all-arounder, but I can't get it here. Recently I found a place that sells quite a few 'craft' hot sauces (anything other than Tabasco or Blair's is extremely hard to find where I am, even on the internet). I recently picked up two bottles: Hoff's Hot Sauce, and Humble House Ancho & Morita.  Hoff's is very, very good. Ancho & Morita is very tasty, but not as versatile: it's closer to a spicy BBQ sauce. I think the smokiness would work great with meat focused tex-mex stuff, which I'm planning to make in the very near future

My next round of ordering includes a few that come highly recommended by the guys at Hot Ones, with Queen Majesty Scotch Bonnet and Ginger being the one that I'm most interested in. Sean Evans (host of Hot Ones) says it's his favorite, and that's a pretty ringing endorsement in my book.
 
2022-01-19 12:05:37 PM  

kyuzokai: mikey15: Aardvark is pretty good

My next round of ordering includes a few that come highly recommended by the guys at Hot Ones, with Queen Majesty Scotch Bonnet and Ginger being the one that I'm most interested in. Sean Evans (host of Hot Ones) says it's his favorite, and that's a pretty ringing endorsement in my book.


I did something similar a while back. Liked the QM scotch bonnet and ginger, but wasn't blown away by it (as I expected based on Sean's rec). There are some mustard-based scotch bonnet sauces on Heatonist that I think both have a more interesting flavor profile and are a little more versatile.

I definitely recommend checking out Torchbearer, though. Their Headless Horseradish quickly became a must-have staple around here. Kolohe Kid is also pretty good if you ever want a more interesting (and hotter) vinegar-based red sauce. Finally, I can't say enough good things about the Hot Ones brand of sauces; Los Calientes in particular is really, really tasty.
 
2022-01-19 12:19:26 PM  
Not my favorite...not hot enough. But good for those who want the flavor without the heartburn later....

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2022-01-19 12:28:43 PM  

olrasputin: Kolohe Kid


I actually picked that up as well in my last order. I liked it, but it wasn't significantly better than a lot of other vinegar-based hot sauces (though it certainly had a lot more heat than most of that type). Beats the pants off of Tabasco Scorpion, but that's not saying much. Haven't quite figured out how to get the most of out it yet, though, so my opinion may change.

I've been trying to find the Hot Ones sauces here, because they sound great and generally come highly recommended (even outside the show guests comments) but they're nowhere to be found and international shipping prices are usually pretty outrageous.

The link below is what I can get (you can switch the language to English, if it's not already set). If any of them stick out as 'must try', please let me know!  (This goes for anyone in the thread with hot sauce experience).

https://hot-sauce-bar.myshopify.com/en/collections/frontpage.
 
2022-01-19 12:30:41 PM  

amigafin: Not my favorite...not hot enough. But good for those who want the flavor without the heartburn later....

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Good old Tiger sauce! That was my go-to for pork chops back in the day... and was partially responsible for a few dropped panties.
 
2022-01-19 12:36:31 PM  

McGrits: Some farker used this for a base on some dish. So I tried it and I now want to sue that farker and heinz because they are full of lies. This is just ketchup with slitghly less sugar.

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that's not the heinz hot sauce you're looking for

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