13 Favorite Products of 2013

HotSauceDaily’s 13 Favorite Products of 2013

Our annual “favorite products of the year” for 2013 features 13 of the best of the best – with a couple of surprises. This is not a contest or an awards post. Just some of the products we really liked. After all, it’s hard to pick a favorite child!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you enjoy our list of favorites. They are all winners.

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So here, in alphabetical order, are our favorite 13 products from 2013. Read through to the end to see our Favorite Product of the Year!

Carolina Cologne BBQ Sauce

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Amazingly delicious BBQ sauce. Really brought home a nice blend of NC style vinegar and red pepper simplicity with a tomato based BBQ sauce. Superb and a must try. Great on wings too! Savory.

Deception Salsa

A good line-up of salsas that really set the bar high for flavors, heat levels, and quality. With 6 salsas available for purchase, we reviewed 2 of them in 2013 – Tease and Entice. Great.

Dirty Dick’s Hot Pepper Sauce

Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce is not like any other Caribbean style sauce we’ve ever had. Yet it brings on the heat, fruit, sweet and spice of the Islands. This stuff is different!

Eagle Wingz Chesapeake Style

Classic Buffalo style wing sauce with a hint of Chesapeake Seasoning. Local guys make good! Think Old Bay Seasoning® meets Buffalo style wings. Winner.

Ed’s Roadhouse Sriracha Jerky

“…within 2 bites we were blown away. After 4 bites, we were ready to just eat the whole package.” Probably the single best jerky we’ve ever had! Two words – Awe some!

Frankie V’s Salsa

Also gets a nod from us for great texture and flavor with their Serrano and Habanero salsas. The short, fat jars are great for dipping. Superb!

Hell Flakes from Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes

Now our go-to pepper flakes shaker for pizza and pasta. Fresh and fiery.

Kramer’s BBQ Sauce

Sweet, savory, and zesty! Delicious. Bonus! Still packed in a Beer Bottle with stopper. (You won’t need that stopper… it’s that good). Perfection.

Old Florida Style Datil Pepper BBQ Rub Wings


Here is surprise #1. We’ve not posted a review yet. But we deep fried some wings, and then tossed them in the Datil Pepper BBQ Rub and found the overall taste and visual appeal just spectacular. We’re big fans of the Datil pepper anyway, and this rub was simply amazing! BBQ candy. (Will update here when the review is posted – this just may make our Week of Wings V in 2014). Visit http://madjohnsfood.com for details.

SAAS Onion and Garlic Hot Sauce

One of the most interesting hot sauces we had in 2013, SAAS Onion and Garlic is delicious. Unique.

Sakaja Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce

This sweet island style sauce is simply the best “island style” sauce we’ve had ever. Wonderful.

Slavo Salt Gourmet Seasoning

A nice blend of garlic, Kosher salt and pepper. Sounds simple, right? It is. And in its simplicity lies its flavor. Our new favorite steak seasoning by far! Gourmet.

Wy’s Wings Asian Ambrosia Wings

One of the few times our top rating of 5 stars was not enough. Asian Ambrosia wing sauce from Wy’s deserved a 6! Amazing!

HotSauceDaily’s Top Favorite Product of 2013

Surprise #2. It’s a tie! After a very scientific process (a lot of bickering), Marilyn and I could not agree on just one. I won’t say who picked which, but both are worthy to be named our Favorite Product of the Year for 2013.

Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce

Peppery, spicy, sweet and simply a great all purpose sauce, Chili Dan’s was a winner on chicken and pork, and as a delicious sweet dipping sauce. Perfect when glazed onto some baby-back ribs. And deep fried wings tossed in Chili Dan’s were a huge favorite too.


This is a sauce we plan to have on hand at all times. Extremely good.

Crazy Good Green Chile Dust

Crazy Good Green Chile Dust embodies the earthy New Mexican chile flavor that is so popular in the Southwest region of the US. This dust (or dried green chile powder) gave us some delicious chicken enchiladas, as well as a nice coating onto some corn tortilla shells for tacos.

The quality of flavor and freshness just blew us away. Another “must have” spice on hand at all times. Mandatory.


We hope you enjoyed this roundup of our 13 favorite products from 2013, as well as our overall favorites! Please leave a Comment below to tell us which product was YOUR favorite in 2013!

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  1. a few products i need to still try on this list,you guys coming to the nyc expo this year?

  2. Many thanks to the craft manufacturers for putting their hearts (and money) into making some of our favorite products of 2013. We are so fortunate to be honored and entrusted with reviewing your products…. we hope we’ve been fair and unbiased in our reviews, and helped you promote your amazing creations.

  3. Thanks a bunch guys for the superlative review!!

    I did my best to make it the best Sweet Thai Chili Garlic sauce on the market.

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