What hot sauce doesn’t deserve all the praise that it gets?

The past couple of days I’ve seen some posts that are almost surely the result of the Secret Aardvark / Dirty Dick’s echo chamber that exists both here and over at /r/hotsauce.

Now don’t get me wrong, everyone has to start somewhere and I love SA and (to a lesser extent) DDs. But after seeing posts and recommendations for the two ad nauseam, it got me thinking about what sauces might be *juuust* a bit overhyped.

Personally, I think that [Palo Altos](https://heathotsauce.com/collections/vendors?q=Palo%20Alto%20Firefighters) insanely overrated. I know, I know. Probably not the most popular opinion considering that the sales from their hot sauce do [support a great cause](http://www.paloaltofirefighters.org/our-charitable-giving.html).

But if you subjected me to a blind taste test, I’m not sure that I’d be able to distinguish their habanero sauce from Jack in the Box taco sauce. And the “ghost pepper” sauce is equally underwhelming in terms of heat and its likeness to a sauce you’d expect to find a restaurant salsa bar.


So what sauce have you guys tried that didn’t live up to your expectations?

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  • Posted: June 13, 2018 00:47


    Any of those superhot stunt sauces marketed like a heavy metal band. Please.
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  • Posted: June 13, 2018 00:47


    i see the palo alto xxx as a spicy mexican ketchup, so it doesnt disappoint in that sense -- considering i can get a 1/2 gallon of the xx for 35 bucks, this lives up to the hype as far as a staple in my pantry goes. agree to disagree, i guess.
  • Posted: June 13, 2018 00:47


    I agree with you about Palo Alto's. The cumin flavor in the normal pepper sauce is waaaay too strong for a condiment hot sauce. It steals the show in a bad way. However, as an additive to chili and/or burrito rice, it is quite perfect! The sauce that i believe that i'm really "meh" on that everyone else raves about is Queen Majesty Scotch Bonnet Ginger. I've tried it on wings, eggs, rice.. Not my cup of tea. The Coffee Hab on the other hand... very nice hot sauce!
  • Posted: June 13, 2018 00:47


    You are so right about SA and DD. Is it hive mind or is it covert marketing?