1. Caribbean Hot Sauce // Char Man Brand // Ojai, CA
Launched in 2006 and decorated with Scovie Awards (think Oscars of Hot Sauce) Char Man is one of the great hot sauce brands in the nation. Whether you go OG Sauce, Verde or this Caribbean Queen it all just burns so good.
From the Maker:
“We use spices found in island cuisine and blend them with mangos, pineapple juice and hot peppers such as manzanos, guerros and habaneros.
This sauce is great on all types of food but especially shines with seafood and poultry. Try it with fish tacos, brush it on grilled shrimp or chicken.”
We are fired up about using Char Man in sweet, spicy and smoky pineapple fried rice.
5 Quick Hits (Uses)
- Fish Tacos.
- Stir Fry (Glug a couple of splashes in when you heat up the oil).
- Toss with Buffalo wings...
- Add a bit of bang to a chicken burger.
- Melt with butter and toss with your movie popcorn.
2. Special Sauce // Thrive Sauce Co. // Portland, OR
Originating from a Food Truck in the PDX, owner, chef and sauce boss Erica perfected her line of special sauces while looking for more of a spicy condiment, than a hot sauce. In her words “They provide flavourful heat but aren’t meant to hurt you”. In our words? This stuff tastes good on almost anything that comes off a grill. We dig it doused over grilled chicken and peppers or in a kicked-up salad dressing.
From the Maker:
Each bottle of Special Sauce contains 80% vegetables, making them low in fat and calorie. Our guilt-free sauces go great on pretty much anything! They can be used instead of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and salad dressing!
Fast 5 Uses:
- Sandwiches (Mix Thrive Sauce With Mayo or Yogurt For A Quick Spread)
- Thrive Sauce Over Eggs In the AM
- Roast Potatoes Tossed In Thrive Sauce
- Fish Tacos With Thrive Sauce
- Mix Thrive Sauce Into Veggie / Beef Burgers
Recipes Using Thrive Special Sauce:
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Smoky Chipotle Chili Dogs Recipe Here
3. Hott Smoke // NW Elixirs // Portland, OR
A good bottle of hot sauce is like an old friend, always there when you need it and ok passing along the credit. Portland Chef Andrew Garret makes some of the best sauce in America and his Hott Smoke hits food with chipotle backbone, smokey garlic and onions and enough natural sweetness to elevate anything coming off a grill.
From The Maker:
"This is the be all chipotle based sauce. With its smoked onions, garlic, and ancho chilies this sauce is like a condensed BBQ sauce without the refined sugars, gums and extracts. As you cook with this sauce it just gets better. We recommend this sauce with everything. It’s perfect for grilling chicken, pork, steak, shrimp, vegan meat substitutes, and roasting meats."
5 Fast Uses:
- Grilled Thick Cut Chipotle Bacon
- Chipotle Caramelized Onions
- Chipotle Butter For Steaks
- Kick Up A Bloody Mary
Smoky Mac & Cheese With Chipotle, Togarashi & Bacon Recipe Here
Grilled Cabbage Wedge Salad With Bacon & Smoky Yogurt Dressing Recipe Here
4. Truff Hotter Sauce
TRUFF Hotter Sauce is a curated blend of ripe chili peppers, organic agave nectar, black truffle, and savory spices. Try it on grilled chicken, mix with butter to slather on grilled corn or wing it with some spicy truffle wings.
5. Bird’s Eye Chili Rich Simple Syrup // Blank Slate Kitchen // Brooklyn, NY
Spicy Margarita Recipe Here
- Spicy margaritas.
- Use it like hot sauce.
- Add it to salad dressing
- Drizzle over fried or grilled chicken.
- Glaze bacon.
6. Secret Aardvark Drunken Jerk // Portland, OR
Habanero, allspice and a dash of dark island rum come together to elevate anything the Aardvark touches. It doesn't matter if you use it as a marinade or finishing sauce, this clever concoction brings satisfying jerk heat to the table.
7. Smoked Chili Pepper Infused Maple Syrup // Runamok Maple // Fairfax Vermont
Grilled stone fruit (peaches, nectarines) caramelized with spicy maple syrup over ice cream? Yes, this can be a thing in life and it is delicious. It turns out that adding a little hit of spice to maple transforms it from a pancake topper to versatile pantry sauce to be used on grilled meats or veggies, in dressing or mixed into a BBQ time bourbon cocktail.
From the Maker:
"Merquén is a chili blend from the Mapuche region of Chile. The peppers are ripened to a dark red color to develop rich flavor then slow smoked over a fire. When we infuse them in our maple syrup, all of the profiles of the pepper – the heat, the smokiness and the rich pepper taste are magnified by the caramel tones of the maple. Use this one over cheddar cheese, bbq, vinaigrettes, roasted vegetables or meats."
8. Hot & Spicy Japanese Barbecue Sauce // Bachan’s // Sebastopol, CA
Bachan's original is easily one of the best sauces we've tasted, now they've added a hot and spicy version to the family. Marinate chicken thighs and pack into a bun with slaw for killer grilled sandwiches or use it to baste charcoal-grilled salmon. A little help from a grandma is never a bad thing.
From The Maker:
For as long as I can remember, my Bachan-you might say Granny-would cook up the most amazing meals with our umami-filled, teriyaki-ish sauce! Well, we decided to give our Original Recipe a little kick! My family and I are honored to bring you Bachan's Hot and Spicy Japanese Barbecue Sauce, created by my generation.
To stay true to the original recipe, we cold-fill our sauce-which eliminates any need for preservatives, additives, or flavorings. Our crave-worthy flavor comes naturally from delicious, simple ingredients. Let's eat!
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