09/10/2013 09:51 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

14 Things You Didn't Know About Sriracha, Including Its Proper Pronunciation


By now, everyone knows that Sriracha goes well on everything, but, beneath its spicy surface, the ketchup-killing condiment atop our hot sauce power ranking list holds a wealth of secrets. We've compiled a list of 14 must-know facts to consume before the cock crows all over your eggs/burger/pizza/michelada.

1. You're pronouncing it wrong... SIR-rotch-ah. As in, yes, sir, please smother whatever the hell I'm eating in this stuff.

2. Sriracha is the type of sauce; Huy Fong is the brand name. Accept no substitutes, even if they're emblazoned with dragons.

3. It's actually significantly less hot than a jalapeno. According to the benchmark of all things spicy, the Scoville scale, Sriracha scores 2,200 points. The red jalapeno peppers used in the sauce lose nearly half of their spiciness in processing, which puts the sauce on par with the Fresno and Anaheim peppers -- both of which are about as hot as their namesake cities.

4. They're not just cocky. The rooster is the Chinese zodiac sign of the sauce's founder.

There're plenty more fun facts about Sriracha in the full story on, including where the name Huy Fong comes from, how many bottles they sell a year, and how to cook with it!