Chile-heads don’t wait for taco night to bust out their collection of hot sauces. True heat-seekers slather fiery condiments on scrambled eggs, a hunk of cheese, a bowl of ramen, a plate of fries or just about anything.
For those who prefer a burst of flavor, several hot sauces deliver the sweet-spicy-salty-sour combination that will please most any palate. Here are three to try:
A&B American-Style Pepper Sauce: This small-batch Brooklyn condiment balances heat from Fresno and habanero chiles with natural sweetness from carrots. The fact that the hot sauce contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives boosts its foodie cred.
Try it with: Cold oysters on the half shell, a bloody mary. $12 per 8-ounce bottle; abamerican.com.
Cholula Chili Garlic: Mexican favorite Cholula Hot Sauce gives garlic lovers something to cheer about with this extension of its original brand. Salt is a bit pronounced, but the garlic kick seems to have an affinity for Italian comfort food.
Try it with: Pizza, eggplant Parmesan. $4 per 5-ounce bottle; grocery stores.
Pinata Hot Sauce: A South Florida couple is starting to get the word out about its Pinata hot sauces (available in original and extra hot varieties), which marry pineapple with habanero peppers. Sweetness from pineapple and honey comes out first, followed by a lasting smack of heat.
Try it with: Grilled tuna steaks. $6 per 5-ounce bottle; pinatahotsauce.com.