Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Top 10 Best-Selling Hot Sauces for 2011

Matouk's Salsa Picante West Indian Hot Sauce
We often get questions from people wanting to know what is the best-selling hot sauce at Carolina Sauce Company.  You'll find the answer below, along with our list of the top ten best-selling hot sauces for all of 2011.

1. Matouk's West Indian Hot Sauce:  Thick and hearty, bursting with scotch bonnet fire and sunny tropical flavor, this Caribbean hot sauce enhances chicken and seafood dishes as well as pork, veggies, rice & beans, and anything else that could use a splash of bright island flavor.

2. Busha Browne's Pukka Sauce: This popular, all-purpose pepper sauce is spicy-hot and serves as an excellent upgrade from vinegary supermarket hot sauces, adding great-tasting heat without masking or overpowering a food's other flavors.  Enjoy Pukka Sauce on any savory dish from breakfast eggs to lunchtime sandwiches to dinner entrees and favorite recipes.

3. Matouk's Calypso Hot Sauce:  Similar to Matouk's West Indian but a little less sweet (no papaya in this recipe) and just a tad hotter, Matouk's Calypso Hot Sauce pairs nicely with grilled foods ranging from lighter meats to poultry, seafood and veggies, as well as in stews and casseroles and at the table.  The distinctive heat and flavor comes from pickled scotch bonnet peppers in a traditional West Indian mustard base.

Georgia Peach & Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce
4. Georgia Peach & Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce: Beloved even by folks who normally don't care for hot sauce, this jewel of a hot sauce combines two Southern summertime favorites, juicy ripe peaches and sweet Vidalia onions, for a sweet & savory hot sauce that's all about flavor with just the right amount of peppery heat. 

5. Matouk's Flambeau Sauce: By far the hottest of the Matouk's line from Trinidad & Tobago, the primary ingredient in Flambeau Sauce is flaming-hot aged, pickled scotch bonnet peppers.  This hot sauce is powerful stuff and meant for folks who like authentic Caribbean heat (which, like the tropical sun, will burn the unprepared and inexperienced). Enjoy Matouk's Flambeau on heartier fare like roasted and grilled meats, and sparingly with hearty stews or other robust foods that can stand up to HOT sauce.

6. Scorned Woman Hot Sauce: Like Pukka Sauce, this is a classic all-purpose vinegar pepper sauce that pairs with virtually anything except dessert, and which rises above one-dimensional lesser hot sauces because of its special blend of hot chiles plus black pepper with spices and a splash of lemon.

Jamaica Hell Fire 2 in 1 Hot Sauce
7. Jamaica Hell Fire 2 in 1 Hot Sauce: This tomato-vinegar pepper sauce is made from tropical chiles and Jamaican allspice for rich Caribbean flavor that's fabulous on red beans and rice, chicken dishes, grilled or roasted meats, fried fish, and even egg or vegetable dishes. Its spicy-hot flavor will wake up your tastebuds without burning them out.

8. Matouk's Hot Pepper Salsa Picante Sauce: Not quite as intensely fiery as Matouk's Flambeau but hotter than the West Indian and Calypso sauces, Matouk's Salsa Picante is tangy and savory (no sugar or fruit) with plenty of aged pickled scotch bonnet pepper flavor and heat.  This thick Caribbean hot sauce is perfect for robust dishes.

9. Susie's Original Hot Sauce: This hard-to-find hot sauce from Antigua has a devoted following, especially among island-hoppers and Caribbean cruisers who have been lucky enough to discover Susie's Hot Sauce in their travels.  Made in the classic Caribbean mustard-pepper tradition, Susie's Original Hot Sauce gets its food-friendly flavor from a secret blend of spices.

Dave's Ultimate Insanity Sauce
10. Dave's Ultimate Insanity Sauce:  This is the hot sauce that began the capsaicin arms race years ago and gave rise to the ultra-hot hot sauce craze.  Best (and most safely) enjoyed a micro-drop at a time, Dave's Ultimate Insanity Sauce is technically a food additive rather than a hot sauce because of its relentlessly intense heat from a hefty dose of pepper extract.  

Zestfully yours,

PS: You can find this list, as well as other category-specific lists of last year's top-selling products, when you visit our new Best-Selling Products page.

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