The sauce listed above is Rising Sun Pepper Farm’s 3 Pepper Garlic Sauce. There is not a product more a specialty sauce to my needs than this one is. While it is tasty and could be used for multiple purposes I use it for just one thing and it is their recipe for Beer Cheese Dip. I serve it at parties and functions to an eager crowd that can’t get enough of it. CaJohn’s Oaxacan is my most used and one of my favorite hot sauces on the planet, but I only use it on Mexican-style food. I could go on and on with certain hot sauces and spicy condiments and how I choose to use them each. There is a debate on the merits of buying the all purpose or everyday sauce over the specialty sauce. Which side of the fence do you fall on? I am very clear where I stand on this matter.
The all purpose sauce can be used on a wider array of cuisines including many of the choices that a specialty sauce could be applied to. The multiple usage is an obvious advantage to buy. In fact, why would one go and buy a specialty sauce if it is so limited? Why would I waste money on a product that will lie waiting to be used only when I choose to target a particular meal just to have some again? Do we as consumers want to fill our refrigerators with so many different condiments so we can place each one on a rotation? Fish tacos today let me pull out my fish taco specialty sauce. Hungarian Goulash tonight honey, please get my goulash sauce! That all might sound stupid, but don’t we all ready do this with certain food all ready?
How about cocktail and tartar sauce? Does it get anymore specialty than that? I love cocktail sauce and there is always a bottle of some in my fridge when I want to have some shrimp or fish and chips. Not a huge fan of tartar, but does anyone buy it to use on anything besides seafood, and very specific seafood at that, right? Then there is the popular mustard. I am sure there are a few of you that will use mustard on many more things plus recipes than most of us, but as much as I love it, I use it sparingly. Foods of choices are hot dogs, bologna, potato knishes and Italian subs. Ketchup too for me is used for just a few food choices. I love it and I do mean love it on burgers and fries, but that is just about it.
The point I am trying to make here is that we would surely store certain condiments away for particular kinds of food we love, so why not hot sauce too? Maybe it is a wiser investment to buy hot sauce that we can use regularly on a wider array of selections than a specialty hot sauce. In this recession it surely is, but if you need your hot sauce like I need my hot sauce then your going to buy it regardless whether it is a specialty product or an all purpose one. If money gets that bad then I will be buying more cheaper hot sauce like one of my favorites- Trappey’s Red Devil. It will definitely hold me off while I get more funds together, but it will not satiate my desire for different flavors. Sure there is a place for fruit-based sauces in my refrigerator and wing sauce, teriyaki, barbecue, jerk and other great specialty sauces.
What do you think?