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This is a thread open to everyone who knows what they want to gift, but don't know enough about the product and are looking for brand/model, etc. recommendations.



My DD#2's BFbob loves his hot sauce. The hotter the better, according to him. He likes sampling different brands and has tried to make some of his own.

I thought of gifting him with a Hot Sauce of the Month type of gift. I started googling and oh.my.goodness. There are soooo many choices! Not knowing a whole lot about hot sauce I'm in a bit of a quandary as to which one to go with. I'm also thinking of giving him a hot sauce recipe book.

Does anybody have any recommendations or thoughts? Tried & true products or even what not to do? Any thoughts on a recipe book?

Is this not a good idea because (prior to your input ;)) I know nothing about the product and it will be a flip-the-coin type of purchase?

Budget for this gift: Between $50-$75.



Thanks in advance. :)


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Re: Hot Sauce (and other) gift recommendations. AKA How does one choose?
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2014, 04:59:32 PM »
A former friend was a real hot sauce aficionado, and he had a display of bottles on his windowsill that included things like "HOTTER THAN HE**" brand hot sauce, "5-Alarm" hot sauce, etc.  While I don't claim to be an expert in hot sauces, except to know that I don't care for them, most people I know who have been like them the hotter the better.

Here's the page of hottest hot sauces from hotsauce.com:

http://www.hotsauce.com/Hottest-Hot-Sauce-and-Hot-Sauce-Gifts-s/131.htm

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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2014, 05:36:40 PM »
We usually just buy Franks, but if he's really into it that probably won't do. Ones with 'inferno' and 'volcano' are probably good bets. My uncle is a fan of hot salsa- it's not a good one unless his entrie head and neck go beet red after one bite.

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Re: Hot Sauce (and other) gift recommendations. AKA How does one choose?
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2014, 05:50:26 PM »
It's really best if you can find a shop that sells the sauces and you can taste them. There are some that are hot, just for the sake of hot, while there are others that have some great flavor. Factoid: Pepper heat is measured in Scoville units. The higher the number, the hotter the pepper. This chart may help. Pick sauces made from peppers at the high end of the scale.

Although not terribly hot, we're big fans of Tabasco. It now comes in multiple flavors. Here's a link to their online store.

The last time we were in NOLA, we visited The Pepper Palace. They have a lot of great sauces (it's not obvious on the web site, but there are 3 pages of hot sauces -- click the link at the bottom of the long page.) Melinda's are good sauces, as are Dave's. The bacon-fed knave-kickin' ones are good, too. They also have some nice gift packs.

Not terribly hot, either but I love the Cajun Power garlic sauce. They've got other great sauces, too.

One word of warning: A lot of hot sauces have names and labels that can be somewhat offensive. Sexual puns and fart jokes are common.

You can't go wrong with Cajun cooking books. Cajun cookbooks at Amazon. Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen is a standard.  Even better, these are Cajun cookbooks that specifically mention hot sauces. There are a couple from Tabasco and Dave's for starters, plus one with recipes for making your own.

As you might tell, we're really in to Cajun/New Orleans cooking and hot sauces. There are probably 25 hot sauces on the shelf right now.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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Re: Hot Sauce (and other) gift recommendations. AKA How does one choose?
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2014, 06:05:33 PM »
Actually, how about a not-hot-sauce hot gift? 

https://www.spiceandtea.com/ghost-pepper-sea-salt-p-575.html


My pepperhead friends got some, and adore it.

I also don't recommend doing a tasting yourself, if you're not into the hot stuff - it will all just taste like fire!

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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2014, 06:51:52 PM »
My son's best friend is a hot sauce aficionado and he likes the "Death" series: Sudden Death, After Death etc.

http://www.hotsauceworld.com/blairsuddeat.html

I have tried it. Yowza!!!
Tasty, but..Yowza!!!

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Re: Hot Sauce (and other) gift recommendations. AKA How does one choose?
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2014, 07:01:44 PM »
My son's best friend is a hot sauce aficionado and he likes the "Death" series: Sudden Death, After Death etc.

http://www.hotsauceworld.com/blairsuddeat.html

I have tried it. Yowza!!!
Tasty, but..Yowza!!!

I gave a friend a sample 4 pack of this.  She loved it!
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Re: Hot Sauce (and other) gift recommendations. AKA How does one choose?
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2014, 07:37:54 PM »
There are approximately 1 bazillion different brands of hot sauce, but if you want to give him a really good one, get him some Gringo Bandito. It was made by Dexter Holland (lead singer of The Offspring). It is the best celebrity food substance I've ever had.
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Re: Hot Sauce (and other) gift recommendations. AKA How does one choose?
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2014, 10:21:31 PM »
The last time we were in NOLA, we visited The Pepper Palace. They have a lot of great sauces (it's not obvious on the web site, but there are 3 pages of hot sauces -- click the link at the bottom of the long page.) Melinda's are good sauces, as are Dave's. The bacon-fed knave-kickin' ones are good, too. They also have some nice gift packs.

Awesome, they have a location in SF!



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Re: Hot Sauce (and other) gift recommendations. AKA How does one choose?
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2014, 05:42:09 AM »
Many/most people here can suggest a brand - but really in the case you describe, it's "flip the coin". Go to an online hot-sauce specialist retailer and pick out a selection (some may even have assortments pre-assembled) and you can hardly go wrong.
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Re: Hot Sauce (and other) gift recommendations. AKA How does one choose?
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2014, 04:50:07 PM »
Thank you, everybody, for your input!

While I was going through my shopping list I realized that DD#1's BFsam also really enjoys the hot sauce.

So I thought I'd do a mix and match type of thing.

It's really best if you can find a shop that sells the sauces and you can taste them. There are some that are hot, just for the sake of hot, while there are others that have some great flavor. Factoid: Pepper heat is measured in Scoville units. The higher the number, the hotter the pepper. This chart may help. Pick sauces made from peppers at the high end of the scale.

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You can't go wrong with Cajun cooking books. Cajun cookbooks at Amazon. Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen is a standard.  Even better, these are Cajun cookbooks that specifically mention hot sauces. There are a couple from Tabasco and Dave's for starters, plus one with recipes for making your own.

Bold above -- I agree hot, just to be screaming hot, doesn't really work for me. I like hot with flavor.

With that in mind I ordered these cookbooks:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1623153654/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER a hot sauce cook book

and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1565542827/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER Hooo Gawaranteee! ;D

Both BFs cook and they get together often enough so I thought that a sharing (recipes from the cook books) type of gift would work?


greencat -- I like your idea of spices instead of bottled hot sauce, so I went with 2 orders of this:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DID6R/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2T7I59QFIEXM4


And then I'll go with magician5's suggestion . . . just order a few bottles of specialty sauces for each, instead of going with the of-the-month-club thing.


THANK YOU!  ;D


eta: I just saw a gift set from Gringo Bandito -- Thanks afbluebelle for the recommendation!

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Re: Hot Sauce (and other) gift recommendations. AKA How does one choose?
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2014, 08:18:02 AM »
Bold above -- I agree hot, just to be screaming hot, doesn't really work for me. I like hot with flavor.

You (meaning you personally) should try this one: http://www.papijoes.com/

Papi Joe's hot sauce has won the Jungle Jim's Weekend of Fire for 3 years in a row now. After this year's win, they were getting everyone to put on a "3-peat" sticker. The stuff is amazing. It's kind of middle-of-the-road on the hot scale, so it's not going to even come close to some of the others. But it's got a really good taste to it.