New Tabasco Flavor is Rocoto

From the Andes to the Middle East to Avery Island, Louisiana comes new TABASCO® Rocoto Pepper Sauce.

Flavors from the Andes, the Middle East and Louisiana combine to produce the new TABASCO® Rocoto Pepper Sauce. This vibrant sauce is inspired by Baharat, a traditional Middle Eastern spice blend featuring cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and nutmeg. By mixing these spices with fresh Peruvian rocoto peppers, maple syrup and a dash of TABASCO® Original Red Sauce, we get a Rocoto Pepper Sauce that is zesty and aromatic with a hint of sweetness — a welcome addition to any global pantry. source: tabasco.com

 

Ingredients:

Rocoto pepper, distilled vinegar, maple syrup, water, dried red bell pepper, salt, spices, dried sweet olive flower, TABASCO brand Pepper Sauce (distilled vinegar, red pepper, salt), lemon powder.

Available on Wed Nov 20th, 2019, this special edition flavor from the McIlhenny family sells for $14.99 for a 5 ounce bottle.

I just placed an order for the Rocoto as well as a few more items.

We’ll report back when we’ve had a chance to try the sauce.

Meanwhile, here’s where you can order a bottle or two for yourself!

https://countrystore.tabasco.com/

If you’ve tried this please let us know in the Comments below!

Tabasco Sriracha – A First Look

Did Tabasco come up with a Sriracha sauce worthy of the legend that is Sriracha?
Or is this a Sriracha sauce that is worthy of the legend that is Tabasco?

Tabasco Sriracha Sauce

We review the new Tabasco Sriracha Sauce - good lookin' bottles!

According to the label, McIlhenny Co. Tabasco Brand Premium Sriracha Thai Chili Sauce is the official name of Tabasco’s new Sriracha sauce.

Just between us, we’ll call it Tabasco Sriracha Sauce for now.

Smack dab in the middle of the Sriracha controversy that was Huy Fong Foods vs. Irwindale, California, Tabasco® quietly released its new Sriracha sauce – in a plastic squeeze bottle that looks nothing like any other Tabasco bottle.

Here’s our first look at Tabasco Sriracha Sauce (and the bottle) that McIlhenny created.

Ingredients: red peppers, sugar, salt, garlic, distilled vinegar and xanthan gum.

Ingredients Tabasco Sriracha

Not much going on there; it’s amazing that such a simple list of ingredients can produce the flavor of sriracha. Then again, the McIlhenny family knows what they’re doing.

Texture and Appearance:

Tabasco Sriracha sauce closeup.

The dark orange color of the sauce is slightly pulpy – almost “puffy”. Yea, we’ve not used that term for a hot sauce before. It clings nicely to the spoon, and the body holds up well on a plate.

I think there is a nice bit of viscosity to the sauce – and Marilyn points out that it’s thinner than ketchup, but thicker than some tomato sauces.

Let’s face it, everyone will compare this to Huy Fong’s Rooster sauce. So here is a side by side pic of the two sauces in some clear spoons.

Tabasco Sriracha with Huy Fong Sriracha

I would be very disappointed if Tabasco’s Sriracha looked and and “felt” (texture, taste) like Huy Fong’s Sriracha. In fact I would be disappointed if any other sriracha sauce was similar to Huy Fong’s. Only because, A) Huy Fong is an original, and B) There is so much room on in the marketplace for new versions and flavors of sriracha.

With the explosion of Sriracha style sauces that are hitting the market in the past few years – TexasPete’s CHA!, store brands from Harris Teeter and Trader Joes, Sriracha Jerky, Rubs, BBQ Sauces (just click our Sriracha tag and you’ll see there are dozens of Sriracha products coming online), this is a very exciting time for Sriracha lovers. And we need not be beholden to just one or two!

Taste straight up:

The first smell is of peppers and vinegar – not unusual for a Tabasco brand sauce. The garlic is the next big aroma, as it should be.

Tasting off the spoon, I can’t shake the strong salty flavor here. Then there’s the peppers and vinegar again, followed by the garlic that really lingers. The heat comes up behind the garlic and hits you with a good sting.

The sauce coats and fills the mouth with the peppers first, pungent and sweet vinegar is next, and garlic and the sweet pulp of the pepper mash finishes everything up.

I want to address the initial saltiness we tasted straight up off of the spoon. The salty taste was evident and strong… but thankfully it dissipated when cooked on food. Maybe we are getting more sensitive to salt content in sauces and foods as we get older.

Heat level:

Both Marilyn and I give this a Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – 2.5 out of 5 stars for middle of the road, pleasant yet prominent heat. Nothing to shatter the world, but enough heat to be relevant for a sriracha sauce.

Tabasco Sriracha on Food

On Eggs

The Tabasco Sriracha worked well with my eggs… very flavorful and hot, although just a bit salty. I can’t shake that yet.

Tabasco Sriracha on eggs is another classic use of sriracha. Check out our post on HotSauceDaily.com

On Burgers

We have a Sriracha Burger recipe that we love to do on the grill, and so we slathered some of the Tabasco Sriracha sauce on a few burgers.

While it worked out good, the Tabasco Sriracha was a bit milder compared to other Srirachas on the burgers. This one just didn’t have the fire left after grilling. It got very mellow and lost it’s punch.

My apologies for overdoing the “artsy-fartsy” drizzle of sauce on the plate. That was partly due to the squirt top of the bottle. More on that below.

Tabasco Sriracha on onion burger - on HotSauceDaily.com

On Wings

Ok, while not truly cooked on wings, I did toss some Tabasco Sriracha Sauce with butter on some crispy wings from Popeye’s.

While it was a very unscientific test, Tabasco Sriracha sauce and butter made for some very tasty wings. The only thing missing was some real garlic bits, but the sauce made up for that in a small way with its garlic ingredient.

Tabasco Sriracha on Popeye's wings - HotSauceDaily.com

We will be making some deep fried wings soon to put the Tabasco Sriracha Sauce through the paces as a wing sauce.

Final Thoughts

Tabasco Sriracha Sauce’s flavor is true to a Sriracha sauce taste – the garlic and sun ripened peppers really stay on course with the overall flavor profile of a Sriracha sauce.

Overall rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Great effort from McIlhenney and Co on this sauce. For a domestic product, they nailed it.

They have a viable and delicious sauce – even though it’s in a weird bottle. Oh, speaking of the bottle and packaging…

The Tabasco Sriracha Squeeze Bottle

The bottle design is a huge departure from the classic glass shaker bottles of Tabasco’s other sauces.

Tabasco Sriracha flip-top - on HotSauceDaily.com
This squeeze bottle reminds us of a Dijon mustard bottle. It’s pear shaped and the label is a plastic wrapper that crinkles when squeezed. Very un-Tabasco-like. Just weird.

The “flip top” sports a very small opening that results in the sauce being squirted out at a very high velocity.

Wow, more terms we’ve never used in a review. Just take it slow… the sauce does come out fast.

Tabasco Sriracha squirting out of bottle.

Where to buy

For now, the only place we know of to order Tabasco® Brand Sriracha Sauce is on their Country Store website.

It’s buried on Page 2 of their “Home – Food – Chile & other Foods” page. (Very strange to make it so hard to find). Here’s the link:

http://countrystore.tabasco.com/TABASCO-Sriracha-Sauce/productinfo/03829/

Maybe our HotSauceDaily.com readers will email them and tell them we sent you for their newest sauce. It should be front page news!

Of course, if you get a chance to try Tabasco’s Sriracha Sauce – please let us know in the Comments below.

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.

Thanks for reading!

Tabasco Game Day Wing Recipes from Top Chef Floyd Cardoz

Week of Wings III – Day 2 – Three Tabasco Wing Recipes

The second day of our Week of Wings III series continues with 3 different wing recipes featuring 3 Tabasco sauces, as created by Bravo’s Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz.

Chef Floyd’s re-imagined Buffalo wing recipe will be served at Maxim Magazine’s annual, celebrity-studded Super Bowl party in Indianapolis, where football fans, pro-athletes and celebrities alike will feast on Chef Floyd’s wings.
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Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce Review

Tabasco is the indisputable “Grandfather” of American hot sauces, but in the grand scheme of things they are still playing catch-up. And so here is a review of their “Buffalo Style” Hot Sauce. Following in their footsteps of adopting Habanero, Chipotle, Sweet and Spicy, and Garlic, the McIlhenny Family has finally jumped on the “Buffalo Style” sauce bandwagon… and as a result have produced a superior sauce that trumps the old stalwart of Franks RedHot.

Tabasco Buffalo Style Sauce Bottle

Tabasco Brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce

Read on for our pics and comments…
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Refrigerate After Opening:
Three Words I Hate

Refrigerate After Opening – three words I hate to see on bottles of sauces. Really? Have you seen my ‘fridge photos?
I just don’t have the room in there with all the pickles, mustards, and BBQ concoctions.

And that photo is AFTER cleaning out the ‘fridge door! Relating to door, be guided by the different types of exterior french doors at aluminiumwindowsanddoors.net.au. It’s beneficial most especially for the architect and designers.
I much prefer the sauces that live happily on counters, tables, and any other flat, open surface areas around our house. Those guys are Troopers. “We don’t need no stinkin’ refrigerators“!
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Hot and Spicy on History Channel Modern Marvels


This Press Release just came in from Bruce and Cindy Wilkens of CinChili.com:

MODERN MARVELS: HOT & SPICY ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL!

Tune into the History Channel, Thursday March 18th at 8 PM, Eastern Time; 7 PM Central. The Modern Marvels series, will be broadcasting a new episode, called Hot & Spicy.

Chili head alert!

It’s time to get hot and spicy. First we’ll take you to the home of sizzling Tabasco sauce–McIlhenny Company of Louisiana, and to McCormick in Baltimore, Maryland–the leading spice manufacturer in the world.

Then, head down south to see who likes it hot at the Southern Mississippi Chili Cook Off. At the Chile Pepper Institute, taste the rare “Bhut Jolokia,” the hottest Chile pepper in the world, and learn about the chemical substance capsaicin, which gives the “Bhut” and other popular peppers their tongue-burning heat.
At Sol Toro restaurant in Connecticut, owned by basketball great Michael Jordan, customers need to sign a waiver to dine on their sizzling dishes.
Go to the manufacturers of horseradish, wasabi and mustard to find out how their roots and seeds deliver their own distinctive blazing burn.
Using the same heat many savor, we”ll demonstrate the powerful punch of pepper spray as a weapon.
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Must Have Hot Sauces:
Three I Keep on Hand At All Times

These are my top 3 favorite hot sauces that I always have in the house.

There’s nothing exotic or fancy here – just simple, good for everyday use hot sauces that I always keep on hand.

1. Tabasco – The Granddaddy of hot sauces

Tabasco has been around since 1868. Pages have been written about this trail-blazer sauce, the McIlhenny Family and their company. I may take some heat from readers for even mentioning Tabasco, but it’s hard to argue it’s popularity. And dammit, I like it. I love it on pizza, it keeps well needing no refrigeration, so I can carry it with me all the time.

For all you Tabasco fans out there, be sure to check out Tabasco’s History Tent and their Info Booth (FAQ’s).

By the way, the correct pronunciation of the family name “McIlhenny” is “mac-ull-henny”

Ingredients: distilled vinegar, red pepper, salt


2. Pickapeppa – Hot Red Pepper Sauce from Shooters Hill, Jamaica


My favorite imported hot sauce comes from the Pickapeppa Company Limited. Again, another old company that has been making it’s legendary Pickapeppa Sauce since 1921. This bright red sauce begins with a very unique sweetness due to the cane vinegar and sugar, but it also packs quite a bit of searing heat. I think it’s a very tasty hot sauce.

So much so, that it was the subject of the 2nd post here on HotSauceDaily way back in 2007.

If you can’t find it locally, (remarkably, I’m able to buy it at SuperFresh), you can purchase it online here from the Warbac Sales, the folks who import Pickapeppa products into the US via the Port of New Orleans.

Ingredients: hot peppers, cane vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices


3. Pyro-Mania – A chunky hot sauce from Garden Row Foods in St. Charles, Illinois

Even though its one of my top favorites, I do tend to reserve it’s use strictly for tacos, burritos and similar Mexican dishes. This is a very chunky sauce. Loaded with bits of peppers, onions and chives, it hits you with the vinegar and heat from the habaneros first, then some sweetness from the tomato paste and sugar. There’s the smokiness of the chipotle in there too.

I could eat this stuff with a spoon! Obviously, Pyro-Mania has the most complex recipe of this trio. It earns the third spot as my must have on hand sauces based on flavor and texture.

To purchase, Google “pyro-mania sauce” and you’ll get about 8,000 hits, but the best price I found was on EatHot.com, home of the manufacturer Garden Row.

Ingredients: distilled vinegar, habanero pepper, tomato paste, water, chipotle pepper, onion, salt, chives, sugar, garlic powder, black pepper

Bonus: If you’ve read this far, and you plan to buy the Pyro-Mania from EatHot.com, they are also home to the famous Sport Pepper that is a must have ingredient for Chicago Dogs. Drop a jar of these babies into your shopping cart while you are there!

In case you’re wondering, off the chart at Number 4 would have to be Sriracha sauce! Gotta keep that around too!

What would your top 3 must have on hand hot sauces be?

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New Tabasco Sauce Flavor Sweet & Spicy Dipping Sauce

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I’m really anxious to try Tabasco’s new Sweet & Spicy flavor of their first ever dipping sauce! It comes in their traditional bottle, but they are marketing it as their first dipping sauce for Asian-Style foods.

Somebody at the McIlhenny Company’s Avery Island outfit is very excited about this sauce, as evidenced by all the suggested uses on the bottle’s carton:

  • DIP: Use straight from the bottle as a dip for chicken fingers, french fries, grilled shrimp, spring rolls, fried chicken, taquitos, vegetables and more.
  • MIX: Mix TABASCO SWEET & Spicy Pepper Sauce with an equal amount of mustard to make a tasty mustard for hot dogs, hamburgers and sausage. Or brush it on baked or grilled ham or chicken as a glaze.
  • QUICK FIX: Pour TABASCO SWEET & Spicy Pepper Sauce over a block of cream cheese. Use as a spread for crackers.
  • New TABASCO SWEET & Spicy Pepper Sauce adds a sweet twist to many popular foods. It’s perfect for parties or snacking – a real crowd pleaser.
(marketing people are funny – SWEET & Spicy Pepper Sauce is always printed that way with the mix of caps and italics. )
There’s more excitement printed on this carton than I’ve seen since they introduced their
Chipotle flavor Tabasco, which, and I love you Tabasco, but there are far better Chipotle flavored hot sauces out there. But that’s another post.
Another side of the carton says:
You hold the very first pepper sauce from TABASCO brand that you can use as a dipping sauce, glaze or basting sauce and as a condiment.
Ok… I can do that with all of your great pepper sauces too!
TABASCO SWEET & Spicy Pepper Sauce is made by blending ginger and other favorite Asian flavors with TABASCO Pepper Sauce. So, try it when food calls for a little sweet heat.
Ingredients:
  • high fructose corn syrup, red pepper, sugar, distilled vinegar, pear concentrate, garlic, water, onion,
  • TABASCO Brand Pepper Sauce ( distilled vinegar, red pepper, salt), ginger, salt, xanthan gum and spices
I’ve been waiting for this sauce to hit our market here on the East Coast, and it’s finally here.
I’ll update this post soon, after I try the sauce.
Update: 04/03/08:
This sauce is sweeeet (high fructose corn syrup will do that). Very Asian influenced. Not good with tacos, burritos, etc.
Tastes very much like a sweet chili garlic sauce that dozens of other mfgs. make, but with much less heat.
It’s a great start for newbies into a sweet/hot chili sauce… heat is about a med-low to low.
Tastes great with all Asian foods… eggrolls, lo-mein, etc…
God Bless Ya, Tabasco… for trying. But I’ve yet to *really* love anything but your original Tabasco Sauce.