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Admittedly, it's probably one of the least "wine friendly" condiments out there. I just had a dinner of leftover shredded beef enchiladas (one of Mrs. PH's absolute best contributions to our kitchen) and pulled a bottle of what has become my absolute favorite Hot Sauce out of the fridge to give them a little extra "boost."

I discovered Susie's Hot Sauce in Antigua trying to pump some life into what was a nice, but bland goad curry roti. The waitress recommended the "Calypso" version, and I have had it in my collection ever since. A great combination of serious heat with great rich flavor. The waitress actually ran to town and brought me 2 bottles to take back home (at least that's what she told me Razz) and was paid handsomely for the score!

There are a lot of hot sauces out there which taste like prig kee nu soaked in gasoline, but combining heat and flavor makes for the best hot sauce. Any recommendations?

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Hot sauce is not at all wine unfriendly, though in excess, it certainly is. I use several different ones in moderation to flavor sauces frequently. In special dishes, I often eschew the use of hot sauces and use several types of chilis. Ancho is not too hot and adds a nice flavor. Chipotle is pretty hot, but a touch adds nice flavor to sauces.
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I am only familiar with Cholua (sp?)'s thick and just right...not like Tabasco where you have to shake the bottle to death to get a few drops.
I really like the Chili sauce that comes in a clear plastic bottle with a green, pointed cap and a big rooster on the front. A lot of the writing is in Chinese and is all in white ink. I'm not sure what it's called, but we all just refer to it as Hot Cock (because of the rooster on the label, of course). Great flavor and not too over-the-top hot. Mix it with a little cream cheese for a nice Spicy Tuna Roll sauce.
I have a weak spot for hot sauces...I've got between 150 and 200 different ones...Eek

One of the most complex (and not too hot) is Jump Up And Kiss Me. For a nice kick, I like Tapatio Sala Picante or Bufalo Chipotle (from Mexico). Dave's Gourmet Insanity Sauce was quite tasty as well, and I have a bottle of his Total Insanity Sauce, that I still have to try.
I think I'm most proud Roll Eyes of my bottle of Da'Bomb Beyond Insanity - I hope to add their Ground Zero to the collection one time: supposed to be the hottest sauce on Earth!

A GREAT hot sauce is made in London: the Cool Chile Co. Habanaro Hot Sauce. I bought some bottles at the Borough Market, but have yet a single one remaining.

There are plenty of sauces out there that combine reasonable heat with a lot more flavor than Tabasco. I keep a bottle of each (red and green) in my collection, but try some of the habanero based sauces mentioned here. They provide a warmer more rounded heat with a lot more flavor. Tabasco is a little "sharp" in comparison.

As PH said, there are a lot of good hot sauces available these days.

My [current] favorite is Chrystal Classic Habanero Sauce, made by Baumer Foods in New Orleans. I don't know how widely distributed it is, but it's worth seeking out.

This wakes up any stew or soup you put it in. It delivers a slow burn that clearly isn't wine-friendly, but loves to wrassle with a good cold beer for a while. Smile
The hottest hot sauce I know of is Dave's Maximum (or is it Total?) Insanity Sauce. One drop is sufficient for an entire meal. It tastes good, though.

Less spicy but also really good is Dave's Hurtin' Habenaro.

My favorite of all time is Maui Tacos Pineapple Chipotle sauce. Not too spicy, but adds lots of flavor. Sadly, I can only get it when I go to Hawaii and I ran out almost a year ago.

There are lots of other I like -- but the most consistent thing is that most hot sauces I enjoy are based upon chipotle or habenaro, not cayenne.

Originally posted by Seaquam:
My [current] favorite is Chrystal Classic Habanero Sauce, made by Baumer Foods in New Orleans. I don't know how widely distributed it is, but it's worth seeking out.

I'm with you. I can't do Tabasco at all anymore, too much vinegar. You can find Crystal (most varieties) almost anywhere in the states, in your grocery. Are you finding it in Vancouver?

I recently bought a bottle of St. Thomas "God's Vineyard" 7-Pepper hot sauce from some very enterprising boys at our Farmer's Market and I love it.
You'll never find it. It is made by these young men who grow the peppers in a community garden, then produce the sauce. All the sale proceeds support the garden and provide collage scholarships for kids from the St. Thomas Housing Development in New Orleans. Maybe they ship -- 504-529-6981

We must have 20 bottles going all the time, but I always reach for this one or the Crystal.
Originally posted by Queen Of Hearts:
You can find Crystal (most varieties) almost anywhere in the states, in your grocery. Are you finding it in Vancouver?

No, not available here as far as I know. We brought some back from NO, used it up, and last month a friend was kind enough to fulfill my request to bring some back from a business trip. Unfortunately, he just brought one 5-oz. bottle, but beggars can't be choosers. I ration it out carefully now. Smile

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