Condiments With A Kick - Our Guide To Chilli Sauces
Chilli plants have been a part of human diets since about 7,500 BC. The first type of hot sauce is believed to originate from early inhabitants of Mexico, Central America, and South America as a mixture of chilli peppers and water. Then colonization led to an evolution of hot sauce with the introduction of ingredients from all over the world. Each area of the world started to discover their own signature flavours and recipes. Eventually, hot sauce began to be mass-produced and sold in all corners of the world.
Our Chilli and Hot Sauce range varies from completely manageable, mild chilli sauces to ones that should probably come with an "attempt with caution" disclaimer.
Everyday Chilli Sauce
This one's essentially a chilli ketchup. If ketchup doesn't hit the spot, this will. It's doesn't bring crazy heat like some of the other sauces, so we'd file this one under "hot". The sauce is packed with a mixture of tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers along with some sugar, salt, garlic, vinegar and onion. As the name alludes to, this is a go-to sauce for us. Dash on anything or use as a spicy dipping sauce.
Buffalo Hot Sauce
Probably the favourite amongst the Sauce Shop team. Taking inspiration from the New York city of Buffalo, where the term Buffalo Wings is said to have originated from, we decided to try our hand at the ultimate sauce for wings. It's a sharp, rich and tangy hot sauce. We use real butter as opposed to butter flavouring which makes it a much tastier, creamier sauce. We're also unapologetic about the vinegar content. It smacks you in the face before the chilli kicks in and creates an awesome tang. Onto the chillies... Buffalo Hot Sauce uses a blend of aged Jalapeno and Habanero chillies which we ferment ourselves. The blend brings a really strong kick. Smack in a toastie or douse wings in this sauce and you'll be onto a winner.
Original Hot Sauce
If we're talking in car language, this would be your daily driver. It's that hot sauce you're reaching for whenever you cook up a meal. It isn't going to blow your head off but it's hot, garlicky and has a fruity tone. It only uses four ingredients - aged red jalapenos, vinegar, salt and garlic.
is a take on the popular Asian condiment. Originally the topping of choice on Thai dishes, it now seems to be a must-have in kitchen cupboards everywhere. It's hot, fruity and sweet. One of the original uses of Sriracha was as a dipping sauce so we'd definitely recommend that, along with using to spice up all manner of dishes from stir-fries to eggs.
Habanero Hot Sauce
This sauce takes a noticeable jump in terms of heat. The sauce uses Habanero peppers instead of Jalapenos which are used in Sriracha or Everyday Chilli. Habanero. At one point in time, Habanero was the hottest chilli type in the world. A few have overtaken but it's still up there. In contrast to some other super hot chillies, there's plenty of flavour going on too. They're known for their floral fruitiness so once you've wiped down your brow, at least it'll taste nice!
This is the hottest sauce we have made so far, we've rated it "hotter than the sun" because that's what a spoonful feels like. We took our Tomato Ketchup, stripped out all the tomatoes and replaced them with Habanero peppers - 22 in each bottle to be precise! If you're not mad about heat, this isn't the one for you.