Jul 24, 20181320 views

Interest Check: Hot Sauces

Hey guys!
We want to know what hot sauces all of you are into. It’s our aim to start sourcing these types of drops and we want your input so we can provide what’s best for the community.
· What do you look for in a hot sauce? · Are there particular brands you like? · Are you all for the flavor, or are you just looking for whatever has the most heat?
Lastly, we have a few sauces that we’ll have in store very soon so stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated.
Let us know what you think and what suggestions you might have in the discussion.

P.S. Sauces in the office!
joshuaduffy, java fox, and 66 others

Hey, figured I’d drop in, doesn’t seem like there’s been a hot sauce drop in quite a while, anything on the horizon?
I love hot sauce, but what is most important to me is SHIPPING TO ISRAEL. we don't have a big hot sauce culture here so it's hard to find the really good stuff. You mostly find Tobasco and some Frank's. It's just not good enough, I had to order hot sauce from Texas just to get that real burn from 300k+ shu
The original brand of Sriracha from Thailand -- Sriracha Panich -- has gotten weirdly hard to find. Might be a great group buy if you could track down the distributor. There's a Bon Appetit article on it here. Also, Todd's Inner Beauty Hot Sauce is amazing and more people should know about it.
Wiltshire Farms out of England is surprisingly good.
Since your warehouse seems to be near NYC (it looks like most of the stuff I've ordered ships from Edison, NJ) what are the chances y'all could team up with Halal Guys and do a drop of their white and red sauces since they're selling them by the bottle now?
Hi: I discovered a grouping of sauces on a visit to Portugal in 1995. I loved them all. Unfortunately, even though they were the top selling sauces there, they were not available here in the United States. The owner of the company, who I met through a friend in Cascais, agreed to send me products whenever I needed more. At barbecues and dinners at my home, my friends and family would always ask for some to take home. Last year I retired from my 46-year career in IT and started importing these sauces for retail sale. I am acting as a distributor. I showcased them and a few other products I have chosen to represent (sea salt from Portugal, sugar from Mauritius, Linguicia from Portugal and jam from Corsica) at the National Restaurant Show at McCormick Place in Chicago and they were really well-received. Any interest? Let me know.
Jersey Bonfire is fantastic! Got a bottle in a subscription box once and almost drank it straight. Born to Hula does a great job as well. Their Guajillo Monster has a great smokey heat
Two of my favorites are Jersey Barnfire and Voodoo Chile Sauces. Jersey Barnfire is local to me and they're pretty innovative, they make a wide variety of great stuff. Voodoo makes my go-to bloody mary hot sauce: Bacon X.
Everything I've tried from these guys is incredible: Hazel and Ash Organics. I'd love to see a Massdrop sampler of their wares.
I usually like Hellfire Hot Sauce but if it's a special hot sauce, I don't mind :) I like Elixir for example quite a bit, second would be Blueberry Hell. Looking for both Heat and Flavor.
I’ve been in for the Small Axe and Clark and Hopkins drops, and I’ve really enjoyed both. The shipping is too high on the Clark and Hopkins or else I would’ve reordered on the second drop. Either include the shipping in the price and have it ship for ‘free’ or disclose the shipping price in the drop text please. I’m up for any future hot sauce drops along the lines of what you’ve done so far - let’s get some stuff that you can’t find in any grocery store, the small batch stuff that’s typically extremely regional. I’m personally fine with any heat level.
Thanks for the feedback! I was just at the SF Fancy Foods show this afternoon and found some new hot sauces that I'm excited to feature soon.
Yellowbird habanero is great.
Dave's insanity, but not the insane ones ;-)
It's kinda sad that the discussion on hot sauces died out quite a bit, and I haven't seen a hot sauce drop in weeks. Guess the Age of Fire ended here on Massdrop.
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As a matter of fact I have watched it, and have picked up many an idea of hot sauces to check out later. Sean is as spicy (maybe even spicier) as the sauces themselves.
Personally, I'd avoid anything with capsaicin extract out of principle. It's just a cheap way to add a lot of heat without paying any attention to flavor (such as Daves Insanity and Da Bomb sauces among a host of others). I'm all about hot as long as it's made with say, a pepper mash or some other method so there's flavor too. Of course, not very hot is fine too as long as it adds flavor. I really love the Iguana Gold Island Pepper Sauce for just that reason. My go-to's are Tapatio, Melinda's habanero sauces particularly the "Extra Hot" and Reily Foods, Yucatan Sunshine because it's available locally. Of course I also have a couple bottles of The Last Dab for occasions when I'm feeling particularly frisky. I avoid Sriracha and Tabasco. I'm not a fan of the sweet-ish ferment taste of Sriracha nor the taste of the fermented Tabasco. I'm down for anything else though. :-D
I'm a big fan of Tapatio. Being born in Texas, 30 miles from Louisiana, I do like Tobasco.
Flavor > Heat . Especially love chipotle or other smoked flavors. Pastes as well as sauce (eg Harissa).
Variety of styles and smaller brands would be nice. Marie Sharpe's is my current favorite, but trying other styles is good (not just ridiculously spicy without flavor). I also agree that you should not list any food that does not list it's ingredients, probably as a policy. Not only for allergies and nutritional reasons, but it would be good to know if the ingredients list capsaicin oil (heat, no flavor) higher up the ingredients versus real peppers. Often poor quality sauces with less flavor rely on the oils instead of real peppers.
· What do you look for in a hot sauce? I really like hot, yet flavorful. I want to make sure it can apr well with foods. Are there particular brands you like? Los Clientes from hot ones, sriracha, ghost pepper blueberry, secret aardvark, anything chipotle based. NO TOBASCO · Are you all for the flavor, or are you just looking for whatever has the most heat? Finding the balance of both, I love VERY HOT but it has to taste good like the last dab.
I like hot habanero pepper sauces due to their unique taste. I wouldn't care about hot sauce with just heat and no taste. But the sauce has to be habanero-hot.
I love hot sauce for both heat and flavor. Blair's Jersey Death is my all-time favorite, complements chili very well without overpowering its flavor. It's no longer made but replaced by Ultra Death. I like a range of ethnic hot sauces, particularly piquant and smokey Mexican, as well as Scotch Bonnet-based Caribbean. Though I usually dig into my jar of homemade pikliz for that. There's a broad variety of Asian heat in the fridge, including Lao Gan Ma Chili Crisp, Gochujang, Sambal Oelek, Sriracha, and Hot Jufran. I make my own chili oil (as well as Szechuan peppercorn oil). So I'm looking for anything interesting made with care. One of my nicest finds was on a trip to Florida. Seafood restaurant had their own habanero-based hot sauce and I brought a bottle home. Complemented fish very well. So if there are any unique gems like that I'm down for it. Heat when indicated should be accurate. It's often inflated. Anything below 100k doesn't need to be exact; relative heat is sufficient. Suggested pairings/uses would be nice. Definitely want an ingredient list.
Please no gimmicky hot sauces (ASS BURNIN BUTT PUCKER NUCLEAR DEATH SLAP YOUR MOM SILLY FIRE VENOM XXXX). They all taste like extract and aren't made for flavor.
I almost bot a bottle of that when I was at the mall.
I like old school Inner Beauty hot sauce. Also, anything with fermented peppers is normally a plus...
Fermented hot sauces would be excellent.
Love hot sauces! Personally, I love HOT ones, but that have flavor. I look to see if they use actual peppers in their sauces or extracts, as extracts usually just add heat. Can't wait to see what's offered.
Also I would like to add, please list the ingredients of any sauce drop. I will not buy food products without seeing a full list of ingredients first. I like to know what I'm getting and putting into my body. Recently there was a sauce drop with no list of ingredients, and although I'm interested in trying it, I won't commit until this is remedied. Thanks.
Big fan of hot sauce. What I have right now are: Aardvark Marie Sharp's Habanero LOTTIE'S TRADITIONAL BARBADOS YELLOW HOT PEPPER SAUCE Foo Foo Mama Choo Bravado ghost pepper and blueberry Rogue hot sauce Voodoo Chile Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA
Voodoo Chile! Love their stuff. Tom is a wild man!
Screaming heat is fun for every now and then but I'm really into complex, smoky flavors. Also, small batch, local stuff is high on my list.
I love me some hot sauce. I'm looking for unique flavors, hot peppers, very hot peppers, variety of ingredients, organic, no artificial ingredients.
Great flavor from them and wide variety, suggest checking them out
My current favorite is not as hot as some I've previously enjoyed but it combines everything I love about Franks with a jalapeno kick ... it's Trader Joe's Jalapeno Pepper Hot Sauce (https://amzn.to/2NBMEe6)
Other than that, I love Dave's Insanity Sauce (as well as his dry spice). These are truly hot and don't hide the flavor of the peppers that they're made from so start with a very small amount if you've only been using Tabasco. The variety pack lets you try out his regular flavor as well as the ghost pepper variety (https://amzn.to/2QifUW1).
FWIW, if you want to see this kind of thing done right, check out https://www.fuegobox.com/. My sister bought me a subscription for my birthday last year. Every month, I got three new, interesting hot sauces.
The selection was well curated and the boxes came with a tasting guide and a little book for keeping notes on my impressions. Excellent experience overall. If you folks could do it - with a selection of interesting sauces or access to something that's hard to get, that would be awesome.
Good post!