Franks RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce – An Identity Crisis?

Dip. Spread. Pour. That’s the mantra printed on the label for Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce. But dip, spread or pour on what? What do we do with this sauce, Franks?

Frank's RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce bottle

Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce bottle

Is Franks a ketchup or hot sauce or wing sauce?

Is this a ketchup (we’ll save the catsup vs. ketchup debate for another post), a hot sauce, or a wing sauce? Wait. You may be asking “why do you bring up wing sauce”? Well, there’s butter in this bottle – a “natural butter type flavor” to be exact. Enough “butter flavor” to invoke the classic taste of Buffalo Wings. And we all know that Frank’s RedHot is THE sauce used in the Original Buffalo Wings recipe.

From the label:

Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce gives you the great taste of Cayenne peppers with a thicker & richer ketchup-like consistency for dipping, spreading or pouring.

suggestions for franks redhot ketchup style hot sauce

The label also has suggested uses: Hamburgers, Chicken Nuggets (really?), French Fries and Omelettes. Interestingly, all the little graphics under the suggestions really look like the McD-place products. Hmmm.

Ingredients: distilled vinegar, aged cayenne red peppers, salt, water, modified food starch, canola oil, paprika, carrot fiber, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (as a preservative), natural butter type flavor and garlic powder.

Thick, orange, gloppy

Thick, orange, gloppy

Texture & Appearance: Thick and catsup-y with an odd orange hue, probably from the butter flavoring.

Taste Straight Up: Tastes for all the world like a thicker version of their “ready made” wing sauce, with just a hint more ketchup for body and tomato flavor – but not much. Bottom line, it’s a thicker version of their wing sauce made for dipping.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – With a decent amount of heat from the cayenne peppers, this is tame enough that Micky D’s could serve it with those “chicken” nugget things and the kiddies would want more. Considerably less hot than Frank’s RedHot Original, it still has some of the familiar bite from Frank’s.

franks redhot ketchup style hot sauce

Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce

Label/Graphics: It’s the same iconic curvy bottle of Frank’s that we all know and love, with the addition of a badge of “THICK” in the corner, and big bold “Ketchup Style Hot Sauce” along the bottom. And, at this point, I have to point out that Frank’s alone has “invented” the phrase “ketchup style”. There is no other on the market, and for good reason. Technically, there is no such thing.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): I whipped up some quick Ore-Ida fries to dip into this sauce. At first you get the unmistakeable flavor of Frank’s, then just when you think “well, this is Frank’s RedHot in Catsup”, the butter flavor kicks in, and you realize you are dipping fries into a thick wing sauce.

Fries with Frank's Ketchup Style Hot Sauce

Fries with Frank’s Ketchup Style Hot Sauce

It’s certainly not “bad” tasting, I just think it suffers from an identity crisis, and I wonder who, what, or why the powers that be at Frank’s RedHot (essentially Reckitt Benckiser of Parsippany, NJ) decided they needed to produce this oddball product.

On your grocer’s shelves, get some before it’s gone… as this may be a short-lived product in the lineup of the venerable Frank’s RedHot brand.

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

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Comments

  1. Corinne says:

    Thanks, Brian! I’ve been looking for this at my local stores but it didn’t make it here to New England yet, I guess. I was very interested to hear what you had to say about it. I think it will be popular in this house. My husband often pours Red Hot on his pasta (spaghetti or whatever). I like the idea of dipping fries in it & then dipping the fries in blue cheese dressing! Thanks for the review!

    • Corinne, I would love for you to come back and tell us what your hubby thinks of it.
      Now you’ve upped the ante by adding blue cheese dressing… I think you are onto something there!

  2. I’m thinking this would be best mixed in with a batch of taco meat or chili or something. Seems like it would be good to add a different flavor to something that calls for just ketchup or tomato sauce. I’m less sure of its use as a dip, however. Anyway, I do still love Franks and will continue to carry some around in my purse but I don’t know how long Frank’s ketchup will hang on.

    • Well, Lindsey, as a fan of Franks, you sure do bring some new ideas to the table!

      Thank you for the input and recipe ideas. Please come back and tell us how this sauce works mixed into taco meat or chili. I would love to be able to add that to the review.

  3. I have to admit, Franks makes some pretty good wings.

    • I agree, Chris. They are after all, the creators of the hot wing in America. A pretty big deal, if you ask me!

  4. I prefer Melinda’s Habanero Ketchup…

  5. I would try it in the base of a BBQ sauce, just for grins and giggles.

  6. I actually bought this yesterday. I tried this at home with the French fries I cooked. I’m a guy who has low tolerance for super hot sauces, and I must say that this bottle of Franks is on the light side. It’s perfect for me.

  7. Alexis Tjart says:

    I always mix ketchup and franks together so I’m glad to see it is a real product now. I always have it for grilled cheese and I bet it would be amazing for chicken fingers, eggs, burgers etc!!!