Hot sauce is a lot like bacon in terms of its niche popularity. You have lots and lots of entrepreneurs talking about how their hot sauce is the spiciest and the best. If you have satellite tv you have doubtlessly seen the countless cooking channels where people actually go around the country and sample these various sauces. There are millions of different kinds on the market, but which one is the best.
That’s simple, really. The best hot sauce out there is the one you make.
People are very particular about their hot sauces and everyone has their own idea of what constitutes “the hottest” and the “spiciest.” You probably do too, which means the only way you are going to find the “best” hot sauce is by making your own – making a hot sauce that meets your standards of what a hot sauce should be.
Here’s how you start:
1. You need a base. Typically tomato sauce is a pretty common one but you can experiment.
2. Do some research on various kinds of peppers. This can be fun because it will allow you to go out there and try all different kinds. You want one with the most kick to your taste buds. This will be your flavor.
3. Get some other spices for richness and composition. Your salts, your crushed pepper, etc.
Then you just go to town and try out different concoctions. Hot sauce, believe it or not, is a science and the chemistry stops when you find a mix that knocks your socks off.