Huy Fong Gets Day in Court

A Rooster takes a Farmer to court. Who will win?

Huy Fong Foods is finally getting it’s day in court. The maker of the iconic Sriracha Sauce with the rooster on the label, and bright green cap, is suing it’s long time pepper grower Underwood Ranches for $1.46 million.

Huy Fong Sriracha
We kinda like Huy Fong products!

Underwood Ranches is counter-suing Huy Fong for $20 million in losses over their “break-up”.

Their lawyers presented opening remarks to a Jury in a Ventura County Superior Court on Wednesday June 12th, 2019.

Like a nasty divorce battle, their break-up began in 2016.

That’s when Huy Fong founder David Tran claimed Underwood Ranch’s owner Craig Underwood abruptly ended their 28 year relationship by refusing to grow any more jalapeño peppers for Huy Fong and therefore owes him $1.46 million from an overpayment to the farm.

In typical “he said/she said” fashion Underwood claims Huy Fong owes them $20 million in losses incurred.

Like any “divorce” case, there are MANY more fascinating details on each side. Head over to the Ventura County Star website for their in-depth breaking story in this trial.

Huy Fong COO Donna Lam founder David Tran – photo credit: Anthony Plascencia/The Star

According to the VC Star, David Tran began testifying Wednesday and will continue on Thursday.

Hopefully, having a jury trial will benefit Mr. Tran and Huy Fong Foods greatly, as there are bound to be fans of his Sriracha sauce in the jury box.

Shake and Dump Margarita Recipe – Happy Cinco de Mayo

This is a Bobby Heugel original Margarita recipe

This Margarita Recipe is a game changer. Strong, sour and sweet, it’s strength is in its simplicity. Blanco Tequila, key lime and Persian (typical grocery store type) lime juice, and agave syrup are all you need.

Prior to finding this recipe on Punch, I was a big fan of the 3-2-1 Margarita straight up. This one brings in rocks to the mix. It’s a shake and dump style of mixing.

At 2 parts Tequila to 1 part lime juice and syrup, it makes for a very strong drink – so pick that top shelf Tequila you love so much! And it has to be silver, blanco or plata Tequila. You know, the clear stuff.

I prefer Patrón, Casamigos (George Clooney’s), or Cazadores Tequilas – but any fine silver Tequila will be great here.

If you can’t find Key limes, you might try Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice or just double up on the typical grocery store Persian limes.

Finally, the agave syrup can be found near the sugar in almost all grocery stores now. Look for the Blue Green brand Organic Light Blue Agave Nectar. It’s perfect.

Shake and Dump Margarita – THE RECIPE

  • 2 oz silver Tequila
  • 1/4 oz lime juice – typically 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 oz Key lime juice – usually 1 whole Key lime
  • 1/2 oz Agave syrup

Combine in shaker with ice, shake well, dump into a rocks glass rimmed with salt.

Pro tip – use good sea salt. I prefer Maldon Flaked sea salt that I’ve ground into a finer mix.

What is YOUR favorite Margarita recipe? Tell us in the Comments below…

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Buffalo Wild Wings Dragon Fire Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings Dragon Fire Wings Image

Dragon Fire Wings One Day Only

Available only on April 14th, 2019

Just in time for the premiere of one of the most anticipated seasons in television history, Buffalo Wild Wings is releasing a one-day only wing sauce: Dragon Fire.

Dragon Fire lives up to its name, mixing chili and ghost peppers with soy and ginger sauce. The spicy wings are then topped with a jalapeño garnish to really drive home the heat.

These taste bud torchin’ wings will be available for one day only on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Dragon Fire wings can be purchased in-restaurant or through the Buffalo Wild Wings app/website for takeout orders. Fans can also have the sauce delivered exclusively through DoorDash.

images / story via InspireBrands.com

images / story via InspireBrands.com

Happy 12th Year Anniversary to HSD!

Happy Anniversary to us! We started HotSauceDaily back on April 01, 2007… twelve years ago!

While i’ve officially retired from the US Postal Service last July… I’m not ready to retire HSD just yet.

Thanks for hanging with us all these years. Keep reading along, and follow us on YouTube.com/hotsaucedaily and Instagram.com/hotsaucedaily !

I’ve never figured out the guy with the helmet. Guess he was a motorcycle cop?

How to make Taco Seasoning

Easy Recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning

You only need 9 ingredients to make this taco seasoning blend.

And you probably already have them in your pantry!

Watch our short YouTube video for all of the ingredients, and you’ll see how easy this is to put together.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbl + 2tsp Chile Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 tsp Oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 7 tsp Cumin
  • 5 tsp Kosher Salt *
  • 5 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • * ( ½ tsp MSG instead of 1 tsp Kosher Salt)
  • Use 2 – 3 Tbls per pound of meat
  • (Start with 2 Tbls, then taste after 20 min)

Let us know in the Comments below, if you have your own favorite taco seasoning recipe… or if you try this one. We’d love to know what you do in your house!

Chick-fil-A versus Chicken Dipping Sauce from Walmart

Chick-fil-A Sauce is legendary and copycat recipes are all over the internet.

Here is our video comparing the new Walmart Chicken Dipping Sauce with Chick-fil-A Sauce.

You may be surprised at what we found!

Have you tried Walmart’s new Chicken Dipping Sauce? Let us know in the Comments below… and thanks for reading along!

~brian

Taco Experiment No Gadgets YouTube Challenge [Video]

Our Usual Tacos + Chipotles = Experiment!

So I was going to film our taco night just for fun. And to be honest, to be able to edit a simple video in my new Final Cut Pro X software.

Then along comes YouTube guy Keith Bettag on YouTube issuing a challenge to all to cook with no gadgets and create a taco experiment!

Ok, so I think we met the criteria. 1) No gadgets except for a bamboo spatula and our All Clad sauté pan. 2) I’ve been wanting to experiment by adding Chipotles in Adobo for the longest time. 3) That didn’t happen. 🙁

What DID happen is we had fun and the results are in our latest video below! Hope you enjoy it.

I’m really trying to build up my YouTube subscribers. My goal is to get to 1000 subscribers, and hopefully you can help! I only need a little more that 300 of you!

Please visit my channel, subscribe, and click the little “bell icon” for notifications!

I’m here: https://www.youtube.com/hotsaucedaily

Thanks for reading! ~brian

Other Links of Interest:

Mega’s Taco Seasoning Recipe and Cocktails:

https://hotsaucedaily.com/cinco-de-mayo-homemade-taco-seasoning-with-cocktails/

Easy Fish Tacos!

https://hotsaucedaily.com/easy-fish-taco-recipe/

Cooking Mexican Pork Chorizo!

https://hotsaucedaily.com/cooking-mexican-pork-chorizo/

Retirement – the real kind – not the Internet thing

Brian with Giant Cholula

Hello Internet… I’ve missed you.

Hello readers… I’ve missed you too!

Retirement is fun!

After over 11 years of writing HotSauceDaily this may be the most personal post I’ve ever written. Bear with me.

Real life got real busy the past few weeks er, months. Hell, for 2 years I was stuck in a supervisory position at my job – and boy, did THAT suck!

Hence the title, Retirement. Yup, after 33 years and 3 months with the US Postal Service, this mailman hung up his bag (no jokes please) and retired!

Retirement IRL

I often get asked “Do you miss your customers now?” Um, sadly, I’ve missed my customers for over 2 years since I was unable to physically jump in and out of my truck over 250 times a day. So, the last 2 years were at a desk. Did I mention that really sucked?

So I’m out. Done. Finished. As a matter of fact, as I like to tell my wife Marilyn, I’m off tomorrow. 🙂

I now get up in the morning because I want to. My front porch is a perfect perch to watch the world go by on. A block off the beach here means a lot of bikinis stroll to and from the beach, and gosh darn it, I will see to it that they find their way.

But What About the Hot Sauces?

Oh yea, the hot sauces. They’re piling up. They need some love. And us. You and me. After all, that’s why I write and you read, right?

Now that I have more time, I plan to get active again reviewing sauces and rubs and all the spicy goodies we all love.

My good friend Rich from Rich’s River Smokers of West Virginia (Rich’s River Smokers on YouTube) has encouraged me to do some quick video reviews too.

Wait, videos?

Oh yea. I’ve been slowly building up my YouTube channel HotSauceDaily on YouTube with mostly grilling and smoking videos. And recipes. And cocktails. Outdoor cooking and grilling is my second love after hot sauce.

But Rich has inspired me to do some quick and dirty videos of hot sauce reviews. But if you’ve followed me at all, you know they won’t be of the “burn-your-face-off” crazy variety.

Instagram

My Instagram account is where I’ve been cheating on you all for the past few months. HotSauceDaily on Instagram.

I’m sorry. She’s just so damn hot. That Instagram girl.

I just buy her a few cocktails and she’s all In. Sta. Gram. (I’m sorry I wrote that.)

What’s Next?

I. Don’t. Know.

More hot sauces. More grilling. More videos. More jokes. “A hot sauce, a bbq sauce, and a rub walk into a bar…”.

Definitely more Instagram stuff.

I want to do more YouTube videos too.

I’m at a crossroads in my life and I’m loving being an at home hubby. My daily “honey do” list is short and sweet (for now) and I’m happy to help.

So thanks for reading so far, and for you long time readers for sticking with me.

Bonus

Bonus points for reading this far!

My Retirement car. A 2018 Kia Soul 1 Million Edition

My Retirement car. A 2018 Kia Soul 1 Million Edition

I’ve got a really nice surprise giveaway up my sleeve that I’m sure you will enjoy. Stay tuned and thanks for coming by to read!

Be sure and subscribe to our mailing list, you don’t want to miss out on this giveaway! It’s at the top right corner of the page. Go ahead. Subscribe. It’s free.

Thank you! ~brian

PS – drop a comment below please. I’d like to know if you’re still out there!

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