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On 4/22/2021 at 10:42 AM, ImissWallyPryor said:

I’ll have to try that since this is one of my favorites:


This stuff is pretty good. It’s good and hot. I’m not crazy that it has a bunch of ingredients that in a perfect world I’d prefer to avoid. Like acetic acid as a pH control agent, “hydrogenate canola oil,” citric acid, sodium benzoate (as a preservative), and xanthum gum as a “stabilizer.” Not to mention water and tomato sauce instead of vinegar. But it tastes pretty good and it’s got good heat. I mostly add it to refried beans or anything with a green sauce or tacos with onions and cilantro.

I’m skeptical about Melinda’s XXX Hot Sauce because they sell it at my local Giant Eagle which doesn’t even sell Pace Hot Picante Sauce. They generally don’t carry anything that’s all that hot. I have to go to the La Michoacana Mexican grocery for the El Yucateco hot sauces. But this is definitely my favorite of those (and I’ve tried a bunch of them). I’d like to find something with a more natural, less processed list of ingredients.

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On 4/12/2021 at 9:03 AM, WhatTheBuck said:

This stuff is great. It’s a marinade, not a sauce. This has come up before; I’m not sure if it was here or on shaggy. But you want to marinate it overnight and make sure to wipe the excess off your chicken before you throw it on the grill or the skin won’t get crispy. It’s a pretty thick paste.

Just mix it 50/50 with olive oil and you don't have to do any of that stuff.  Just marinate, cook and eat.

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I picked up a bottle of this:


Sorry to “shit on” the hot sauce thread but it’s not that hot. And it’s chewy. You can see the pepper flakes in the photo. And there are other chunky bits in it. I’m not fond of the flavor. As heat goes it’s hotter than habanero Tabasco, nowhere near as hot as the El Yucateco XXX sauce, and no hotter than this:


The heat in the Marie Sharp’s sauce comes at you all at once. The heat in the Montezuma sauce grows on you. It gets hotter as time goes by. I like that. My biggest complaint about the Montezuma sauce is that it’s too vinegary. I prefer vinegar-based hot sauces but this is a little stronger than I would prefer. If you like Texas Pete hot sauce then you might love this. That was the most vinegary hot sauce I’d encountered before. My friend who I used to cat-sit for when he was out of town had a bottle in the door of his fridge and I could smell the vinegar even from the sealed bottle. (The cat died recently.)

I have a bottle of this but I think it’s a little too salty. I’m thinking of mixing the remaining half bottle with the remaining half bottle of Montezuma:


I’m probably going to throw the Marie Sharp’s away. (Sorry if that hurts your feelings, Marie snowflakes.) One thing I noticed is that the top of the Marie Sharp’s bottle stays clean. From Tabasco to Crystal to Louisiana to CaJohns to Montezuma and all of my favorite sauces, some pepper substance collects at the top of the bottle. I don’t think that’s a bad thing and I don’t mind using a toothpick occasionally to clean it up. If the top of your bottle stays clean then you’re adding some sort of anti-coagulant and I don’t need that.

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7 hours ago, WhatTheBuck said:

Also, try this. I dare you. It tastes great. It’s hotter than the El Yucateco  XXX. I first bought it at a  hot sauce store at a mall in South Bend.


i've literally never heard anyone say that Da Bomb "tastes great" until today.

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44 minutes ago, Etexhorn13 said:

Says the guy from the Midwest...

I have a hard time calling Ohio the Midwest.  It's closer to the Atlantic Ocean than the Mississippi.  Not sure why the "Midwest" label was ever attached to a place that's so solidly in the northeastern part of the country in literal geographic terms.

When my buddy and I went to Akron for ISU's game there in 2017, it took just as long to get there as it does to get to Dallas.

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23 minutes ago, NoName said:

i've literally never heard anyone say that Da Bomb "tastes great" until today.

Exactly.  On Hot Ones they admit that they use it because it is pure pain and marks the transition from the friendly hot sauces to the truly hot ones.  But nobody likes it.  They all say it tastes like shit.

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