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Posted by vonk (Member # 9027) on :
What is yours?

My staples are Cholula (Mexican), Sriracha (Vietnamese) and Louisiana (Cajun). I realize I may be missing out on some great sauces because I always get these three. Any suggestions?

Also, I'm thinking about making my own soon.
Posted by scifibum (Member # 7625) on :
Those are the classics. I use Cholula and Tabasco interchangeably.

Sriracha ain't bad with a tuna sandwich (I think that one also included blue cheese dressing and chopped pickles. Oh man I need to try that again with chopped apples too).
Posted by Jay (Member # 5786) on :

Makes the best buffalo chicken dip

Always a hit
Posted by Scott R (Member # 567) on :
I like Cholula quite a bit, as well as (I think) Tapatio's.

Tabasco's various products are pretty good, too; I don't have a lot of experience with the Asian hot sauce varieties.

I put hot sauce on popcorn-- mmm, sweet heat.
Posted by BlackBlade (Member # 8376) on :
I know it's a noobish thing to say but Tabasco both red pepper and chipotle varieties make me happy. I don't like my sauces as hot as possible, I prefer them to add a pleasant zing to my food.
Posted by MattP (Member # 10495) on :
Trappey's Louisiana Hot Sauce

We order it by the case because it's very difficult to find locally.
Posted by Herblay (Member # 11834) on :
The Mexican varieties don't have the vinegar. So I can use a lot without overpowering the flavor of what I'm eating.

If I used a lot of Lousiana or Tabasco, my cajun soups would taste like vinegar.
Posted by vonk (Member # 9027) on :
Yeah, Tabasco is too vinegary, but Louisiana isn't as bad to me. What sauce do you use that has no vinegar? Cholula has it, but it's not powerful. Sriracha has it, but I can taste it even less.

I'm intrigued by both Trappey's and Tapatio's. Hopefully they are available here.
Posted by Raia (Member # 4700) on :
This thread makes me think of Arrested Development...
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
'round here it's mostly Tapatio. Mainly because Tapatio is both good and CHEAP. That's what all the restaurants have on the table (even IKEA has hot sauce on the table, lol!)

I sometimes get a different brand, forget what... It has a lady on the front...

Mostly Mexican hot sauce. Sriracha sometimes. No Tobasco in this house, I don't like it. It's too vinegary for me, too.
Posted by Eaquae Legit (Member # 3063) on :
My absolute favourite is the sauce they make at the family-run woodfire grill place in Kensington Market in Toronto. I was over the moon the day I learned they were selling it. So awesome. No idea what they do to it, but it's got a great texture and flavour. Very similar to the awesome ones you get in small Chinese restaurants, but better. (Having googled, I can say it's sort of like sriracha, but a bit more... rustic.)

I also use something called Mr Naga, made from naga jolokia chilies, which are mostly just heat, though if you use it carefully enough you can get a nice flavour from it, too.

I dislike tabasco. It's thin and vinegary and not that hot. Sorta boring, really. I also dislike the taste of habaneros/scotch bonnets, so any hot sauce made from them is out.

Oh, and I also love the sweet Thai sorts of chili sauces. Mmmmm.

[ June 05, 2009, 05:01 PM: Message edited by: Eaquae Legit ]
Posted by Elizabeth (Member # 5218) on :
I like my own, made from red jalapenos, and Frank's. My son eats Frank's by the spoonful.OK, handful. He pours it into his hand and slurps it. Sigh.
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
My dad makes a pretty good one, with all kinds of roasted chilis, whatever is good that year, and cans it and gives it out with the jam at Christmas.
Posted by Launchywiggin (Member # 9116) on :
Texas Pete and Red Hot!
Posted by Luet13 (Member # 9274) on :
I absolutely adore this one. West Indies Creole

Also the website is pretty great. Yum! [Big Grin]
Posted by Elizabeth (Member # 5218) on :
I made a hot sauce like that. It tasted so good, but all you could really do was breathe a little of it.
Posted by Sterling (Member # 8096) on :
There was a smoky pepper sauce I used a fair amount in college that I was fond of, but unfortunately I don't remember the name of it. I use Tabasco when a recipe calls for a hot pepper sauce, or Kaitaia pepper sauce (good luck finding that outside of New Zealand. [Smile] )

Slightly off-subject, but I've also been known to use Mongolian Fire Oil as a light-use condiment.
Posted by breyerchic04 (Member # 6423) on :
For certain things I use Franks but others I'll use Tabasco, and I'm pretty sure we have Sriracha but I don't use it.
Posted by Herblay (Member # 11834) on :
Weird, I though Cholula and Tapatio were the same.

It's only Tapatio that doesn't have vinegar.

I thought I'd just been buying it because it is cheaper. Guess I'm a Tapatio man!
Posted by Herblay (Member # 11834) on :
There's a company out of California called "Pepper Plant" that has some of the best hot sauces in existance. They only have regional distribution, so I have to pick up a couple of bottles when I'm in the area.

Their Chipotle sauce is insane. It's pretty sweet, and it's fantastic on Tamales.
Posted by The Rabbit (Member # 671) on :
Matouk's Calypso sauce is excellent!! But I should warn you, it is hot, hot, hot!!
Posted by Herblay (Member # 11834) on :
My friends and I used to play with Pyro Diablo (used to be just called Pyro) hot sauce. It's the hottest hot sauce in the world, pretty much just pure capsaicin and ranking 1.5 million on the scoville chart.

I guess there's a big list of similar extracts:

I thought that would be illegal. We'd make little paper tabs of the stuff and pop them in our mouths. It's really good when you need to "fake" cry.

Always wanted to load the stuff in a squirt gun....
Posted by The Genuine (Member # 11446) on :
I really like the hot sauce that the restaurant chain Chipotle uses.
Posted by Uprooted (Member # 8353) on :
I like Texas Pete and the Tabasco green sauce (can't remember what that's called).
Posted by JonHecht (Member # 9712) on :
Marie Sharp's makes some great sauces. For the most part, I use Tapatio.
Posted by vonk (Member # 9027) on :
I tried Tapatio and Trappey's today. Tapatio tastes almost the same as Cholula to me, maybe a little better. The Trappey's didn't look like the one you linked to, it had a bull on it with a black label. It was really good. I'ma look for it at Fiesta. My fiance insisted we get Texas Pete at the store, so I'll be trying that soon.

I've heard of Mr. Naga I think and will keep an eye out. I wonder if there is a store just for hot sauce?

I tend to not like sauces that are all about heat. So I'm a little worried about making my own and have to choose new sauces wisely.
Posted by Bob_Scopatz (Member # 1227) on :
Bat's Brew

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