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Pepper sauces


Though cayenne pepper sauces are not necessarily a big deal in Southern cookin’ at these latitudes, still, to many people they’re an essential item. The fancier grocery stores such as Whole Foods have some of the boutique brands. But even country grocery stores have three or more brands to choose from.

Tabasco, in my opinion, is not the best. It’s thin, very hot, and doesn’t have much taste. There’s a local brand, Texas Pete, which I wish I liked because it’s local, but I don’t. Texas Pete also is too thin and tasteless, and it even has preservatives in it, something for which there is no excuse. My favorite brand, by far, is way cheaper than Tabasco. It’s Louisiana brand. It’s a little thicker and redder than most pepper sauces, and it has a nice flavor with no ingredients other than the basics: peppers, vinegar, and salt.

When the building project is done and I have time to focus on gardening and preserving, I hope to experiment with putting up my own pepper sauces.


  1. Uptown Jimmy wrote:

    Well, now. Hot sauce is a fun thing. I never thought ole Davey liked hot sauce

    Me and Dave are Carolina boys, and we’ve each driven past the old Texas Pete plant many times on our way to and from our duties. But Texas Pete is turble hot sauce. They use thickeners as well as preservatives. No good.

    Tobasco is a revered and honored brand for a good reason. It’s hot sauce at its purest. But I agree that is is better as an ingredient, not as a condiment.

    Cholula is a great hot sauce. It’s relatively mild, but packs plenty of good hot flavor. Cumin gives it a roundness, a depth most hot sauces lack.

    Frank’s hot sauce is good, too. It’s the original “hot wing” hot sauce. Mild and flavorful.

    I’ve never tried “Louisiana” hot sauce. Frankly, I find myself surprised that Davey D. likes the stuff. I figured his palate for a more wimply thing…. ; )

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Ha! Salmon cakes and vegetable burgers beg for hot sauce.

    I don’t think I’ve ever had Frank’s hot sauce. I will look for that.

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

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