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Posted:  |  Updated: 09/18/12 09:07 AM ET

The Best Hot Sauce On Earth: A HuffPost Deathmatch

hot sauce deathmatch
We've said it before, we'll say it again: we love hot sauce.

Hot sauce can be the difference between a totally under-seasoned snooze-fest and a flavor bomb going off inside your head. Hot sauce makes chicken wings worth eating, boiled peanuts delicious and does not skip a meal in our houses. Whether you like them vinegary, garlicky, peppery or just plain fiery, everyone has a favorite. We want to know which hot sauce HuffPost Taste's readers think is the best of all. It's time for the Hot Sauce Deathmatch.

Here's how the Hot Sauce Deathmatch voting will go down:

  • Round One voting opens today (September 18th) -- vote right now!

  • Wednesday, September 19th at 12:00am Eastern, Round Two begins.

  • Thursday, September 20th at 12:00am Eastern, you'll be able to vote in Round Three.

  • Friday morning, September 21st, we'll announce who makes it off the island last.

*This is one of those times that we wished we could have more than eight bracket spots. If we missed your favorite hot sauce, don't forget to let us (and everyone else) know in the comments!

Ready, aim, fire!

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  • Original Tabasco Sauce

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2.8 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Aged red peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Chemical-like taste." "Very vinegary." "Oddly sour."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Tex-Mex food, eggs, pizza, seafood<br>

  • Green Tabasco Sauce

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Jalapeno peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Fresh and vegetal." "Fresher and brighter than the original Tabasco." "Bright heat."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Fish, beef tacos, burritos, steak, guacamole, salsa<br>

  • Chipotle in Adobo

    <b>Heat:</b> 3.5 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Smoked jalapeno peppers, tomato paste, vinegar, spices<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Smoky!" "The heat really hits you in the back end." "Great balance of heat and flavor."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Enchilada sauces, chili, pork<br>

  • Wasabi

    <b>Heat:</b> 4 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Horseradish<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Strong horseradish flavor that clears the sinuses." "Overwhelmingly horseradish-y."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Sushi, cooked salmon<br>

  • Sriracha

    <b>Heat:</b> 3.1 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Chili peppers, vinegar, garlic<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Nice roasted pepper flavor." "Good Asian zip."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Eggs, roasted vegetables, pizza, stir-fry, bibimbap ... anything!<br>

  • Madras Curry Paste

    <b>Heat:</b> 2.3 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Coriander, tamarind, turmeric, chile pepper<br> <b>Comments:</b> "This would add classic Indian flavor to anything you add it to." "Many layers of spices." "Lemony and almost floral." "Delicious, but not a lot of bite."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Stews, chicken, curries<br>

  • Frank's Red Hot

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2.8 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Aged cayenne red peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Tastes just like Buffalo wings." "Mild heat with a vinegar tang." "Salty and savory." <br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Chicken wings, creamy dips, baked beans, fries (Their motto is <a href="" target="_blank">"I put that ____ on everything."</a>)<br>

  • Pickapeppa

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Tomatoes, onions, sugar, vinegar, mangoes, raisins, tamarinds, peppers and spices<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Surprisingly sweet." "Nice sweetness with a hint of spice." "Not so hot, but it's got a complex, sweet-sour flavor."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Grilled meat, barbecued chicken, roast chicken, cream cheese<br>

  • Harissa

    <b>Heat:</b> 3.5 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Chili peppers, serrano peppers, garlic paste, coriander, red chili powder, caraway<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Tastes like bitter spices." "Spicy with no real discernible flavor." "Pure heat." "Ouch."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Meat or fish stews, couscous, chickpeas, in sandwiches<br>

  • Crystal Hot Sauce

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 1.7 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Cayenne peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "This is like a watered-down version of Frank's Red Hot." "Weak and watery." <br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Shellfish, chicken wings<br>

  • Hot Chinese Mustard

    <b>Heat:</b> 1.8 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Vinegar, mustard seeds<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Not pungent, but nice heat." "Sharp flavor."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Egg rolls, sausage, sandwiches<br>

  • Louisiana Hot Sauce

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2.2 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Long cayenne peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Thick and peppery." "Tomatoey, but nice kick."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Fried seafood, po' boys, eggs, gumbo<br>

  • Jerk Sauce

    <b>Heat:</b> 1.7 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Cane vinegar, cane sugar, scallions, tomato paste, hot peppers, thyme<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Really nice sweetness, and not too spicy." "Overwhelming juniper flavor." "Tangy but not so hot."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Grilled fish, chicken<br>

  • Heinz Chili Sauce

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> <b>Heat:</b> Almost undetectable<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Tomato puree, vinegar, onions, spice<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Little discernible difference from ketchup." "Maybe too sweet, but good chili flavor." <br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Cocktail meatballs, French fries, eggs, and it makes a good shrimp cocktail sauce base<br>

  • Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

    <b>Heat:</b> Almost undetectable<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Sugar, chili, vinegar, garlic<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Tastes like sweet and sour sauce." "Sweet and less spicy than I expected."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Chicken, fried fish, egg rolls, Asian dishes, fries<br>

  • Texas Pete's Hot Sauce

    <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 1.7 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> 3 peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Bright and fresh." "Not too much flavor, and relatively neutral heat." "Good standard heat."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Tortilla chips, fried chicken, chicken wings<br>

  • Thai Red Curry Paste

    <b>Heat:</b> 1.8 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Red chili, garlic, onion, lemon grass, galangal, Kaffir lime peel, coriander, cumin<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Tastes more like 'spice' than 'heat.'" "Herbal." "The kick takes a few seconds to emerge."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Tomato sauces, stews, seafood, thai curries, stir-fries, soups<br>


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