Hot Sauce Goes With Everything
If you have the right kind of hot sauce, it can cover a multitude of cooking sins. It adds flavor and can also mask other tastes. You just got to know what is the right kind of hot sauce for the meal. So my plan here with this post is to just give you a couple of ideas on the types of flavors that are going to go well with different foods. That will give you an idea of where to go with it. The best thing about hot sauces in general is that there are so many varieties out there. I like them because you’re not tied down to just one type of chili pepper. The good kinds of hot sauce will have a mixture of a few different kinds plus seasonings or added flavors for a real spicy treat!
So first we’re going to go with red meats, because that’s something I’m often eating. You may find yourself wanting to put some hot sauce into ground beef in order to make hamburgers, or maybe you are looking for something to enhance the flavor of a marinade that you plan to use on beef ribs or steak. For them, I’ll go with a traditional kind of Tabasco sauce if I want a mild flavor. I often go with something that has heat and garlic, just to give it a little something more, especially if I’m putting it in ground beef. I always feel that the lettuce in my hamburger can take some of the sting out of the hotter sauces, you know?
Okay, now that we’ve talked a little about red meat, next we’re going to talk about white meat. First we’ll talk about poultry. Maybe you’re trying to spice up your everyday kind of chicken or you could be looking to enhance your Thanksgiving turkey.Personally, I like Louisiana style hot sauces for poultry. The vinegary, fermented flavor really brings something to an otherwise boring dish. Buffalo style sauce is excellent for snack foods like chicken wings, too. Another good option is a green Sriracha. It’s thicker than the red kind, so keep that in mind. Then there’s pork – the other white meat.If you’re looking to make a great pulled pork sandwich or something like that,go for something with smoke and BBQ flavors. It will give it a traditional taste but with a nice kick to make it memorable.
For fish, I recommend just using a regular Sriracha or Asian style hot sauce. They are traditionally used as dipping sauces, as fish has a more delicate flavor. Take that into consideration when you’re preparing your food.
Now, I am not going to tell you how much or whichbrands you should go with here. Adding hot sauce to food is a bit of an art. Everybody has an opinion and you and I might not see eye to eye. I have the ones that I like and you may think they’re too hot (or even too mild, I don’t know). The main idea is to bring out flavors in your dish, so do some taste-testing as you go.