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Why You Should Donate to the Fix Sriracha Sauce Kickstarter Campaign

FIX Kick Starter Lemongrass Sriracha SauceI’m absolutely flooded with requests from burgeoning hot sauce companies to promote their fundraising campaigns such as Kickstarter. I get at least four or five requests per month from people and sauces I’ve never heard of asking me to plug their stuff.

Sorry, that ain’t happening. Unless I know your product(s) and your company, that is something I refuse to do.

In the case of Fix Hot Sauce, however, I am more than pleased to give them a shout-out with their Kickstarter campaign. Why? Because their regular red sriracha sauce is the best sriracha sauce I’ve ever eaten. The stuff is outstanding. And I want to give aid to any and all struggling businesses with products I belive in.

Now the fine folks at Fix Hot Sauce want to expand their product line to include a green-colored lemongrass sriracha sauce. This new condiment has a slightly more earthy and brighter tone, with a fresh lemongrass and citrus flavor. The sauce uses special organic green chile peppers that originated in Vietnam. This new lemongrass sriracha is slated to be released early in 2017.

Sound good? Do yourself a favor and visit Fix Hot Sauce’s Kickstarter page and consider helping out one of the most promising new sauce makers in the fiery foods biz…now!

McDonald’s to Test Sriracha Menu Items


If you hadn’t known before, McDonald’s has often used its San Diego-based restaurants as a testing ground for a handful of new ideas. What’s next on the world’s largest burger chain’s list for keeping up with the tastes of the country? Sriracha and Big Mac Special Sauce.

The special spicy sandwich is slated to be made with white cheddar, kale, spinach, crispy onions, tomato and a secret blend of Sriracha and traditional Big Mac sauce. The flavor option is…

Sriracha Rooster Sauce Infographic

sriracha-rooster-sauce-infographicSome Like It Hot…especially when it’s srircaha sauce.

Here’s a little Sriracha Sauce Infographic created by graphic designer (and die-hard sriracha aficionado) Tiffany Matthews. Although the term “sriracha sauce” can be applied to any one of the hundreds of brand names that manufactures a red, sweet, Asian-style sauce similar to “Rooster Sauce”, this one has a focus the most popular sriracha sauce maker, Huy Fong Foods. Enjoy!






Homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce Recipe

Being one of the big flavor brends, it wasn’t long before sriracha was applied to BBQ sauce. Here’s a homemade sriracha barbecue sauce recipe courtesy of McCormick.

homemade sriracha bbq sauce recipe

Homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce Recipe

1 8oz. Tomato Sauce
3/4 lb. Fresno Chile Peppers
4 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Cup Water
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tsp Sicilian Sea Salt
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Molasses

Once cooked, blend and then strain to remove the seeds.

Review – Fix Hot Sauce Sriracha Sauce

fix-hot-sauce-sriracha-sauceEnough about how much sriracha is today’s big hot sauce trend. I know it is, you know it is, so enough gushing about how it’s taken the world by storm. Instead, let’s take a look at some of the artisan sauce makers and see what dazzling new directions they can take with the Thailand genre that goes by the name “sriracha”.

I was contacted by Alex Loukas of the Fix Hot Sauce Team based in Seattle, Washington, to cover their emerging sriracha product of the same name. According to their website, this is their story:

“Our Fix journey started in Vietnam, where we saw and tasted the difference of authentic, farm-fresh, and non-processed goodness. Our minds were blown. From then, we made it our mission to bottle the premium flavors of South Asia and bring it back home.

We used to be interested in average bowls of pho served with your average hot sauce. We want more. And you deserve more. Fix was born to bring the best damn hot sauce to America.”

Not only were they making the claim to have the best hot sauce, but I was also dying to know if I could ever truly love a sriracha sauce, so with my review of Fix Hot Sauce, it was a “double challenge accepted”. Read on to see what I thought…

Firetalkers: Interview with David Tran of Huy Fong Foods, Inc., Makers of Sriracha “Rooster” Sauce

david-tran-huy-fong-foods-sriracha-sauceThere’s no doubt that Sriracha is the hottest trend in hot sauce nowadays. There is simply something incendiary about this style of spicy condiment that has garnered a ravenous following among foodies, chileheads and hipsters alike.

Sriracha, as a general type of sauce, is named after where is is believed to have originated in the coastal city of Si Racha, in the Chonburi Province of eastern Thailand. It is a thick, sweet, garlicky-pungent chile sauce that typically has a base of fermented red chile peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. Although sales-wise it’s still not as popular as the more traditional, runny, Louisiana-style pepper sauces (typified by heavyweights McIlhenny Co.’s TABASCO Pepper Sauce, Frank’s RedHot Sauce, Texas Pete, Bruce Foods Corporation’s Louisiana Brand Sauce, and Baumer Foods’ Crystal Hot Sauce), Sriracha is rapidly picking up steam, and is in an estimated 9% of all U.S. households.

By far the most popular producer of Sriracha sauces is Huy Fong Foods, Inc., based in Irwindale, California, in a state-of-the-art 650,000 square-foot facility, which owner David Tran completely designed himself. And although there are numerous direct competitors, including scores of small, craft hot sauce makers all vying for their slice of the Sriracha pie, it is Tran’s “Rooster Sauce” (its informal nickname because of a picture of a rooster on each clear plastic bottle) gets almost all the attention and adoration in the fiery foods world.

Tran, an immigrant from communist Vietnam, started making his Huy Fong sauces in 1980 along Spring Street in Los Angeles’ Chinatown district. After a move to a 68,000-square-foot factory in Rosemead, California in 1987, sales for his signature product started to take off, growing steadily throughout the 1990s and ’00s. By 2010, Huy Fong Foods opened their Irwindale factory, and their Sriracha Sauce (which Tran pronounces “see-RAH-cha”) became a household name, all with zero advertising; quite a triumphant “word of mouth” American success story.

In honor of Huy Fong Foods launching the brand new redesign of their website (just within a day of this writing), David Tran was kind enough to let me ask him some questions…

Video of Inside the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Factory


Here is a short but sweet video of the process Huy Fong Foods, the most popular maker of Sriracha-style condiments, goes through to create their spicy “Rooster Sauce”, courtesy of Hypebeast. Here is their explanation of it:

“In our latest edition of Hypebeast Process, CEO and founder of Huy Fong Foods, David Tran, walks us through the whole process of the iconic condiment’s lifespan, from inception of idea to execution of product. David started the company in 1980 by hand packing the infamous sauce by hand with a miniature spoon, sourcing only the freshest ingredients to be sure that the element of spice was just right. Now, 35 years later, the only thing that has changed is the process of manufacture, with the quality and origin of Sriracha chillies remaining the same. Quality control is of utmost importance to David with an idealistic business projection to make the sauce spicier in the future. Every detail is painstakingly monitored, even down to the ingenious packaging whereby the color of the lid serves a significant purpose. David Tran says Sriracha can be used on any food so squeeze some onto your breakfast/lunch/dinner and enjoy the video…”

Sauce Showdown – Three Carolina Reaper Pepper Hot Sauces Go Head-To-Head

carolina-reaper-pepper-hot-sauce-showdownWhenever there is a new king resting atop the “World’s Hottest Chile Pepper” throne, you can bet that there will – for better or worse – be hoards of hot sauces that flood the market that contain that particular capsicum. Of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock the past year, you’ll know that the current record holder chile is Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper, with an average of 1,569,383 Scoville Heat Units and measured peak levels of over 2,200,000 SHU. It’s expected that sauce makers will scramble to concoct a condiment containing the Carolina Reaper pepper; and whether or not the Reaper is a main ingredient or only available in trace amounts within the actual product, you can count on these companies veritably featuring the pepper as a headliner attraction on the bottle’s label. Additionally, many of these folks are looking mainly to quickly capitalize on the world’s hottest pepper craze and will do a less-than-stellar job at creating a good product, and focus on the heat of the sauce.

What I am personally interested in is the flavor instead of pure fire. I ask, what can you do to utilize the taste of the Carolina Reaper chile pepper in a cohesive flavor harmonization? Can you sculpt a product formula that isn’t a copycat of 500 other sauces that have come before it? Can it “wow” my taste buds in addition to “burning” them?

So I looked to a trio of proven fiery foods flavor master masters who have developed a Carolina Reaper-based hot sauce within the past year – Johnny McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns, Steve Seabury of High River Sauces, and Ed Bucholtz of Born to Hula Sauces – to see if it can be done, and done well.

The Reaper-filled offerings I will cover from these gentlemen are as follows: Heartbreaking Dawns’ Fervor Reaper Chile Hot Sauce, High River Sauces’ Foo Foo Mama Choo Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper Sauce, and Born to Hula’s Reaper of Sorrow Carolina Reaper Sauce.

What I will do in this extended review of first go over each sauce individually, and look at the ingredients, the bottle label, the texture and appearance, the aroma, and the initial tastes of each hot sauce. Then, I will perform a battery of culinary tests and see how these three stack up against each other with meals. I will then crown one of them the sultan of sauce when it comes to employing the super-hot Carolina Reaper.

So let’s get burnin’!

Taco Bell Tests Sriracha Flavored Items

taco-bell-sriracha-menuTaco Bell tests out Sriracha sauce menu to tap into spice-loving cult following.

NEW YORK (AP) — Want to take a run for the border but wind up in Bangkok?

Taco Bell is testing a new menu that promises just that, looking to tap into the cult following for the red Thai hot sauce known as Sriracha.

The Mexican-themed chain said the menu is being tested at more than 70 restaurants in the Kansas City area. The selections appear to be menu standards like nachos and tacos, except with the hot sauce mixed in.

The test is the latest sign that Americans are embracing spicier flavors, with Subway also rolling out a sandwich with the red, chili-garlic-flavored sauce last year.

Taco Bell, which is owned by Yum Brands Inc., has been on a strong run since rolling out its Dorito-flavored tacos in 2012. Since then, it has looked to build on the success with a variety of new offerings, including snacks intended to draw customers during slower hours.

What’s In A Name? Spicy Food Terms and Definitions – Sauces, Salsas and More

salsa-hot-sauce-definitionsIn cooking, consuming and dealing with fiery cuisine, especially the liquid seasonings that give flavor and heat to dishes, you’re going to stumble upon dozens of interrelated names and terms. Some of their meanings may be obvious, but chances are good that if you’re newer to the world of spice you may get hung up on a few.

For the novice foodies and beginner chileheads, I’ve given definitions of a lot of these words you’ll encounter. The following list is certainly not comprehensive, yet still should cover most of the terms encompassing the wide world of spicy sauces, condiments and liquids.

Hot Sauce

In its most basic meaning, a hot sauce is simply any sauce that uses hot chile peppers as one of its mean ingredients to give it a spicy taste. Diving deeper into what the definition of hot sauce is, it can technically mean any type of pepper-based substance ranging from watery liquids to thicker condiments all the way up to a thin paste in terms of consistency. Hot sauce can have an almost unlimited number of supporting ingredients including tart, sugary, fruity, salty, smoky or tangy ones. It also should be noted that technically salsas are considered to be hot sauces, albeit much thicker ones. Also referred to as pepper sauces and chile sauces.


Review – Sky Valley Sriracha Sauce

sky-valley-organicville-sriracha-sauceRudy Reviews is back with a Sriracha sauce for you!  Today’s offering comes to you from Organicville Foods located in Yanceyville, NC. Organicville Foods started almost ten years ago by Rachel Kruse and they pride themselves on producing a ton of products that range from dressings, salsa, pasta sauce as well as a host of others – all of which are certified gluten-free as well as certified vegan.

Sriracha sauce was first made in Thailand and it gets it’s name from a coastal city in the Chonburi Province on the eastern coast.

People often mispronounce Sriracha sauce calling it “SIRacha” or SREracha”, but it’s actually pronounced “SEEracha”.

The ingredients used to produce Sriracha is comprised mostly of the same ingredients and vary with the presence of elements used.  Let’s take a glimpse at Organicville’s contribution, Sky Valley Sriracha Sauce.

Review – White Castle Sriracha Chicken Sliders


The sriracha craze is building to dizzying new heights, and here we are already with another major QSR chain pushing in the case of White Castle (Subway had introduced theirs last year). The 93-year-old-company has (with the usual disclaimer of “for a limited time only”) introduced two different chicken sandwiches with the zing of sriracha sauce: the Ultimate Sriracha Chicken Slider and the Sriracha Chicken Slider.

Both are of the slider variety and feature fried chicken patties with breading that is seasoned with the flavor of sriracha. Sriracha, for the few of you who don’t know, is the type of Asian-style sauce with strong garlic and salt tones, a hint of sweetness on a red chile pepper base. It’s most famous version is Huy Fond Foods’ Sriracha Sauce…

Review – Musashi Midori Green Sriracha and Japanese Spicy Mayo Sauces

Musashi Midori Green Sriracha and Spicy Mayo Sauces ReviewSriracha” is certainly the big buzzword in the chilehead industry (and perhaps the whole condiment industry as well) this year. The Asian-style sauce has taken foodies by storm, and I predict that it’s going to get even more ubiquitous next year.

One sure sign of any trend’s popularity is the off-shoots from what is considered to be the “mainstream” genre.  Case in point…green sriracha. This one comes from the Musashi Foods, and is billed to be “a unique Japanese interpretation of the classic sauce”.  Hmmm…what does that mean exactly? Well, for starters, it uses green serrano chiles instead of the classic red chiles in more traditional srirachas. Also, it aims to be a bit more complex with brown sugar, red cabbage juice and turmeric. 

Also up for review is Musashi Japanese Spicy Mayo, an orange blend of fiery, far Eastern-style ingredients and a regular mayonnaise spread. But first, the Musashi Midori Green Sriracha…

LA Museum Honors Sriracha and Tapatio with Hot Sauce Art

hot-sauce-art-david-tran-sriracha-sauceGoing on now through July 12, 2014, there is an art exhibition at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, California titled LA Heat: Taste Changing Condiments.

It was created to pay tribute to the backstories and contributions of two sauces in particular: Huy Fong Foods Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauces.

According to the museum’s website:

Sriracha and Tapatio hot sauces are two examples of the recent homegrown all-American condiments that have dramatically impacted American cuisine.  The rise in popularity of these condiments signifies an increase in Asian and Latino populations living in the US and especially in Los Angeles after the passing of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965…  

Guide to Most Popular Hot Sauces Infographic

Love ’em or hate ’em, you’ve gotta respect them. The most popular brands like Frank’s RedHot, Tabasco, Cholula, Crystal, Huy Fong Sriracha, Texas Pete, and Huy Fong Sambal Oelek have risen to prominence and have dominated the hot sauce world i n recent years. Here is a handy infographic on the Guide to Most Popular Hot Sauces Infographic. Enjoy. 🙂

Guide to Most Popular Hot Sauces Infographic

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