I love spicy foods but I am veryveryvery picky about how I like my hotness. For example, I prefer my Mexican food to be accompanied by whole, grilled jalapeños rather than the sliced pickly ones. The canned ones (like Herdez) en escabeche are a close second. I like smooth salsas as opposed to the chunkier pico de gallo style.
I ask for raw jalapeños to grill alongside my kalbi when I go out to Korean BBQ.
I prefer Sriracha to Tabasco because Tabasco is too vinegary. But sometimes the garlic in Sriracha can overwhelm a dish while sometimes the vinegar in Tabasco is a welcome addition to a Bloody Mary or Caesar salad dressing. (Just keep it away from my eggs.)
I eschew red pepper flakes and instead crumble up whole dried chilies onto my pastas. I wish my kids liked spicy foods as much as my husband and I do because one of my favorite pasta is oil-anchovy-garlic and chilies, but I rarely make it.
I looooove Frank's RedHot sauce and could drink it by the quart but only because it's not hot enough for me. Not even the extra hot version.
I do make my own chili pepper water which has vinegar in it, but that's a Hawaii thing and is so yum over pork or greens or potato or macaroni salad.
My brother shares my hot chili love and over Christmas he gave me a bottle of Pure Habanero Red Savina hot sauce. It's everything a hot sauce should be: fiery-hot but with a perfect balance of vinegar and salt. Spicy on the tongue when you first eat it, but dissipates. It doesn't overwhelm a dish but rather ads a spicy kick without all the unnecessary sugar and spice.
I am in love with this hot sauce and am treating it like the liquid gold that it is. It's the perfect hot sauce in a cute, little bottle. Trust me on this one.
What's your favorite hot sauce?