Hot Sauce: Tabasco Smack Down
Let me start off by telling you what some may have already figured out: This competition isn't fair. The fix is in, the deck is stacked and all of the cards are marked. One of these things is not really like the other and it never had a chance.
Which one? McIlhenny's well-known Tabasco brand sauce, of course. Frankly, I've never cared for it as a sauce. It's thin, weak, and tastes more of vinegar than hot sauce. I use it to flavor soups and chilis. One look at the label will tell you why. The first ingredient in Tabasco brand pepper sauce is distilled vinegar, and a lot of it by the look and taste, which makes it more of a hot liquid seasoning than a hot sauce in my kitchen.
I know. A lot of hot sauces list water as the first ingredient, but the best I've found all list peppers first. There are exceptions, but not many. I don't know how much vinegar Tabasco brand uses over Louisiana Gold, but you can see the difference.
The Louisiana Gold has a full, rich pepper flavor that Tabasco just can't match. It's also thicker, so it doesn't run away from your eggs in the morning.
|You can even see the difference.|