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    Hot Sauce!

    Google sez it's been a few months since we had a hot sauce thread in Foo, and I've got hot sauce on the brain, so I feel like telling the world about my favorites.

    Let me know about fantastic hot sauces you love!

    Warning: anybody who leaves any comment like "I prefer to taste my food" WILL BE RIDICULED MERCILESSLY. And then we will find your house, break in, and make all the food in your fridge more interesting. If you don't like hot sauce, whatever, I don't need you cluttering my my beautiful spicy thread with your snideness. Just move along, create your own thread "What's your favorite bland food?" and you can snicker at us chiliheads on your own time.

    OK, so here goes...

    If I had to pick just one sauce for the rest of my life, it would probably be El Yucateco XXXtra Hot Kutbil-ik Mayan Style Habanero Hot Sauce (I won't hunt down and paste links for everything, but this one deserves it). Fiery hot, gotta be careful not to put too much, but DEE LISH US flavor. Typically will have this with shredded chicken tacos, or on a quesadilla, or maybe scrambled eggs.

    It's been a long time since I ever used much Tabasco, too much pure vinegar for me; although once in a while I'll run across Tabasco's Chipotle hot sauce, which is really good.

    I used to be a big Cholula devotee, I judged mexican restaurants by whether they had Cholula on the table (classy) or Tapa Tio (crappy) or something american (not a chance), mostly because Tapa Tio is cheaper and doesn't have a cool wooden cap. But then I tasted Tapa Tio, and not only is it cheaper but I like it a little better, so I switched. Good with any kind of mexican or italian tomato sauce. Makes spaghetti great.

    Sriracha is the new big thing (please to enjoy this srilicious cartoon!), back in the day I would use it in Pho, but I didn't stock it at home; but now I'm getting into it more since I discovered there are other brands out there than the original rooster! Sky Valley (phoenix on the bottle) was the first alternative I discovered, it's awesome! A lot sweeter, probably why I like it. Trader Joe's not too impressive, Texas Pete's "Cha!" was OK, Crying Tiger that I get at the 99c store is my current go-to. "3-regions" I also got once from the 99c store, it's pretty good too, closer to the rooster, I prefer Crying Tiger.

    For me, sriracha goes on pretty much anything asian, especially I eat a lot of ramen at work (I keep a ziploc of thai basil, and a big bag of frozen mixed veg in the freezer to make it delicious, and approximately nutritious). It's also great on eggs, or just straight up on white rice, or often at work when I've got the munchies, I'll just squeeze out a fingerful and slurp it up and enjoy.

    I just rediscovered gochujang, the korean spiced bean paste. I had a korean roommate in college, and he introduced me to it. I've been seeing it pop up on the food network, so I've been looking for it for months (even at my usual asian market) but finally found it (a whole aisle of varieties!) at the korean-centric H-mart. It's kind of like sriracha in paste form, but sweet and smoky, kind of 20% of the way from sriracha towards bbq sauce. When I got it home, I mixed a big spoonful into a bowl of jasmine rice, ahhhh, memories.

    Wings: ever since Rutgers, I have been addicted to Cluck U Chicken's Thermo-Nuclear sauce. Thick and sticky, more sweet, heat, and black pepper than vinegar. "18, Thermo" was my refrain back in the day. Made for a great night and a great morning. I wish I could find a clone of that recipe.

    A few other randoms while I'm thinking about it...

    La India Brava, Salsa de Chiltepin. Funny enough, googling for it,I found it on the personal blog of a framebuilder from Flagstaff, I wonder if he's a BF guy. My in-laws brought this hot sauce back for us from a trip to Mexico, I loved it to death, but have never been able to find it in the states.

    Another great sauce the in-laws once brought back from a trip (this time Belize), is Marie Sharp's fiery hot habanero sauce. Its unique flavor comes I think from the vegetables used, I think primarily carrots. We also tried some of the grapefruit habanero sauce, that was pretty good in its own way.

    A local sauce I had not too long ago at a restaurant, Chingon Maquina Verde, it's way hotter than I would have expected from a jalapeno sauce, and the flavor is amazeballs! So bright and jalapeno-y and, well, green!

    I'll close with a few standout spicy recipes:

    Jerk chicken from the BBC's Ainsley Harriot; you don't need to bother making thyme-infused vinegar, any old wine vinegar will do (we use rice wine vinegar).

    Puerco Pibil from the DVD extra features of Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Johnny Depp killed for it, you will too.

    Both of those recipes work great with kids if you hold out the habanero, divide the sauce in half, add habanero to just half of the sauce and marinate/cook separately.

    One more recipe, which we bring to the family thanksgiving every year: Bobby Flay's chipotle sweet potatoes. What's better than sweet+heat? Sweet+heat+creamy of course! However, if you use 2c of cream like the recipe says, you'll have soup. It's more like 1/2 c I think. And you don't need to be so anal about stacking and layering. Here's my way: Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into a big bowl, 2T (plus or minus to taste) of pureed chipotle&adobo from a can with 1/2 c of cream, stir it into the slices, add more cream if everything isn't cream-juicy, dump into a baking dish/bowl, bake until a fork tells you the potatoes are cooked. Between Bobby's way and my way, you'll figure it out.

    EDIT: another one more: make your own hot mexican carrots! Eat straight as a snack, or food-process into a relish. Great with anything with melted cheese: cook into scrambled eggs. Add to a quesadilla. Add to your nachos. PS make nachos with ruffles. Yer welcome.
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    Had a really good hot sauce at Backcountry Brewery in CO that a server's family made called Mother in-law killer. (M.I.L.K) good and hot, plus a funny name!
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    You gotta love a hot sauce with a clever name. So cool to run across a local gem of a sauce! Maybe they could make a version with a different heat level and call it Mother-In-Law-Flamer?

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    How about mustard? (it's saucy-ish) I do like some zip with pork chops.

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    That looks interesting, I do have 4-5 different mustards in the fridge at home. That nasal horseradish/mustard/wasabi type of heat is hard for me to deal with, but I do enjoy it in low doses. Usually I go with 'spicy' (not really spicy) brown mustard like Gulden's, or a jalapeno yellow mustard (right now have Johnsonville's "Comin in hot"). Another recent 99c store find is a nice habanero&mango mustard (the jar calls itself 'hot sauce' but really it's a flavored mustard).

    If I ever see that Hit&Run in a store I'll grab a bottle. Thx for the reco!
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    I always thought Cluck U based their Thermonuclear wing sauce on Dave's Insanity Sauce, another quality product. But for me that's a level of burn for once in a while. Everyday is Sriracha or the more vinegary Valentina. I love Tapa Tio also. In the absence of other choices, Tabasco ain't that bad.

    Just starting to try habanero sauces. Any recommendations for a beginner?

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    Love the Bobby Flay sweet potatoes. I've made them several times. I think I like the sound of the way you make them. I will have to give that a try.
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    Hmm, I've heard of Dave's Insanity, but never tasted it. Maybe I'll take a trip to the hot sauce store down in Seaport Village and get a bottle to try. Maybe I could dilute it somehow to approximate Cluck U Thermo.

    To get started on habanero, I would try other El Yucateco sauces that are not as hot as the XXX, be careful, I think the green is actually hotter than the basic red. Hopefully they are well stocked in grocery stores across the country. Based on how much I fondly recall Marie Sharp's habanero sauce, you might order a bottle of their mild if you can't find it locally (although it's hard to justify a mail order if shipping is as much as the product!) Look in your dairy section to see if you can find Taco Bell brand habanero sour cream, it's surprisingly good, lots of habanero flavor, and the sour cream controls the heat level. (They make a chipotle sour cream as well, which I also enjoy but not as much as the habanero). And I would recommend trying out that jerk chicken recipe, instead of two habaneros try just one, or even half, for starters, see how you do. You could also cut the pepper open and try to mitigate the heat by scraping out the seeds and ribs, but unless you wear rubber gloves, DO NOT touch your face after, and you'll probably have to have a friend hold your whang while you pee for a couple days. I don't know about you, but I don't have any friends like that. Probably just easier to throw away half a pepper, they're really cheap anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Love the Bobby Flay sweet potatoes. I've made them several times. I think I like the sound of the way you make them. I will have to give that a try.
    Yeah, just thinking about them makes me want to make some soon! Every year at thanksgiving we always ask ourselves "Why do we always wait until November to buy sweet potatoes!" It's not like they're not in stores

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    Whoa, checking out the El Yucateca website, they have a Black Label smokey habanero sauce that I've never seen before. That sounds amazing! Also am reminded of their Caribbean habanero sauce, interesting flavors/spices in there, not quite as hot as XXX if you're looking for a warmup.

    And it's cool, the page for each sauce lists its scoville, so the ranking is

    1270 jalapeno
    3400 chipotle
    5400 caribbean
    5790 red
    9000 green
    11600 XXX

    I guess the official name is "Kutbil-ik", the full text on the bottle says
    XXXTRA HOT SAUCE
    Salsa Kutbil-ik de
    CHILE HABANERO
    El Yucateco
    (Mayan Recipe)

    But in my house we always just call it "triple x"
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    Blair's has some good stuff:


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    Quote Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
    Whoa, checking out the El Yucateca website, they have a Black Label smokey habanero sauce that I've never seen before. That sounds amazing!
    I actually found it last night, my local walmart has finished converting itself to a super walmart with a full grocery store, I had to pick up a pair of glasses, so I took a chance and they actually had it! Tried it on nachos, it's not nearly as hot as the XXX, the smokiness is intense. I definitely like it, but it's not your everyday hot sauce.

    Also found Zaaschila habanero sauce, a bigger (9.35oz) bottle for a smaller price ($1.75 vs I think $2.45 for the 5oz black label). I haven't opened it yet, but amazon reviews say it is only a medium heat level so FlatTop, maybe if you find it at your walmart it's worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TankSlapper View Post
    Blair's has some good stuff:
    "Red and Orange Habaneros, Vinegar, Fresh Cayenne, Smashed Garlic, Chipotle, Lime Juice, Cilantro, Fresh Herbs and Spices."

    That sounds tasty. And you get a free keychain! I'll keep an eye out for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenBrewery View Post
    Cool, they've got some interesting stuff in there.

    Here's a good hot sauce review website also, I've been following them for a while.

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    Not particularly potent but most of the Mexicans here gravitate to Tapatio. I'm fond of it.

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    Yep, it's a go-to for me as well. In fact the 10oz bottle I keep at work was empty so last night I took it home and refilled it from the big (40oz?) bottle at home, which is now empty, so it's time to buy another jug!

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    I just like to taste my food.

    No!! I like to taste my food with something hot on it or in it.

    Sriracha is my go-to because you can buy it almost anywhere. When I'm in the oriental market I like to pick up my real favorite--various imported brands of garlic chili paste. I like a little sweetness and the pungency of the peppers behind the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    I just like to taste my food.

    No!! I like to taste my food with something hot on it or in it.
    That was a close one! I was reaching back to get a good grip on my mocking club...


    When I'm in the oriental market I like to pick up my real favorite--various imported brands of garlic chili paste. I like a little sweetness and the pungency of the peppers behind the heat.
    Interesting. Is it like sambal olek at all? Trying to see through the brown glass, it looks maybe a little more dry/fibrous and less syrupy? What do you put it on?

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    True story - we were selling bbq pork chop sandwiches at a club I belong to.... and had all the usual hot sauces on the counter.

    This one young kid, About 21, poured Daves Insanity Sauce on his sandwich, in front of his girlfriend, and her parents. Looked like catsup on there.....

    I warned him, and told him it would be inedible. Even offered to give him another sandwich free..... He would have nothing to do with my suggestion, and insisted that nothing was too hot for him!

    After two small bites, he asked for a "to go" container, so he could have it for lunch tomorrow.

    Again offered to give him another sandwich - he refused, and stated it was delicious, but that he just wasn't hungry...

    I wonder if that sandwich ever got eaten???????

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    Lot's of potent sauces listed here. Nowadays, Tabasco original red is enough for me and my old stand by sauce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    I wonder if that sandwich ever got eaten???????
    That's funny! I wouldn't have offered him a replacement. And if I couldn't eat it, I would have taken it home and mixed the meat into a pot of chili or something to dilute it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_e View Post
    Lot's of potent sauces listed here. Nowadays, Tabasco original red is enough for me and my old stand by sauce.
    Have you ever tried Tabasco's chipotle sauce? I think the heat is comparable, and you might find the smokiness to be a nice change of pace.

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    I like sticking to original formulas. I haven't even tried tabasco's green sauce.
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