What's your favorite? What's the hottest stuff you've ever had (or know of)? What's the best food to put it on?
I'd say my favorite hot sauce is Siriachi. Not the most original, but it's not half bad. The hottest stuff I know of (never had it though) is called Sudden Death. http://www.hotsauceworld.com/blairsuddeat.html
Those little peppers in Thai food are enough for me.
The idea of THIS thing makes my eyeballs sweat:
Hottest I've had was one called "Da Bomb" it had a nice smoked pineapple flavor before it kicked me in the face. And that was just a toothpick drop on my tongue. Can't say I wouldn't do it again though.
My buddy got a kick out of it, he knew he had no milk around when he had me try it...
That reminds me I still owe him for that one.
Schlotzsky's sauce -- in-house brand sauce from a Texas sandwich joint. Second is Frank's Red Hot, which is similar to Schlotzsky's but is storebought rather than an in-house brand. Third is Cholula.
All have just the right mix of heat and flavor. I don't get the need for flavorless pain, outside of an "I dare you to eat that". Those three go well on most everything -- chicken wings, eggs, deli sandwiches, mac & cheese, breakfast burritos, pizza, grilled corn on the cob. I had the Blackened Redfish Ponchartrain at the best seafood joint in Houston ... and I'd swear it had Frank's Red Hot in it.
I like "Franks" hotsauce on wings (the original wing sauce). On Tacos and Burritos I like most things with Habenero peppers. I don't like just hot, it has to have taste as well.
For pure power, Dave's Insanity Sauce is the hottest I've ever tasted personally. Frank's Red Hot is my personal favorite for flavor, however - I find Tabasco to be too vinegary for my taste.
Also, an honorable mention goes to Del Taco for their Del Inferno sauce - it's the only fast food hot sauce I have ever tried that is actually spicy.
While most of you probably wont have the chance to try it I've got to share. The home made hot sauce at East Coast Taco in Niantic CT is in my opintion, as hot as a sauce can get and still taste good. East Coast Taco makes a bunch of different hot sauces and salsas (all of which are amazing) but their hottest wing sauce is the one I'm talking about.
Real Mexican food in the east coast? That's crazy talk.
After going to southern California I will acknowledge that it isn't authentic Mexican food, but it's closer than anything else you'll find east of the Rockies. Also it's right near the beach and a great used book store so it's great to make a day of it with those three stops.
They must have made a mint. I live in the San Fernado valley (L.A. native) and everyone who moves away always bitch to me about the lack of good Mexican food, that, and not having Bob's Big Boy restaurants.