Some people can’t live without hot sauce, made from chili peppers and other ingredients. Spicy sauce lovers will put it on everything from eggs to sandwiches to steak. National Hot Sauce Day, on January 22, is an excellent opportunity to show your appreciation for your favorite hot sauce. They come in a variety of styles, usually based on regionally available ingredients. They’re also a staple in the culinary cultures of many countries throughout the world.
National Hot Sauce Day - History
Super Bowl ad
The Super Bowl featured the now famous commercial of a man showering his pizza with Tabasco, getting bit by a mosquito, and smiling as the mosquito bursts into flames.
Americans love it!
As a sign of hot sauce popularity in the American market, the Campbell Soup Company bought Pace, a maker of Mexican-style sauce, for $1.1 billion.
Salsa topped the condiment list
Salsa replaced ketchup as America's number one condiment.
Old school sauce
Old El Paso, which would become a major player in the U.S. hot sauce market, made its debut.
The very beginning
Colonel Maunsell White, a local banker, grew the first recorded crop of tabasco chiles.
National Hot Sauce Day Activities
1. Try it
Tour the international aisle of your local grocer and pick up a couple of different hot sauces from regions around the world. You might look for some recipes that call for hot sauces and cook with a couple of different brands.
2. Make it
Making hot sauce isn't just for professionals. If there are some particular peppers or spices you like, try making your own at home. You can easily find various recipes.
3. Host a hot sauce party
Invite your friends over to celebrate. Tell them to either make, or bring a bottle of their favorite sauce, while you provide hot sauce-friendly foods.
4 Hot Sauces We Wish We Named
1. Colon Cleaner Hot Sauce
Ingredients include Scotch bonnet peppers, mustard, salt, onions, water, vinegar, turmeric, and sugar.
2. A Little Nukey Hot Sauce
This features Caribbean red habanero peppers, vinegar, tomatoes, onions, spices, cilantro, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) added for freshness.
3. Area 51: The Hot Sauce That Doesn't Exist
Get set for habanero peppers, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
4. Zombie Apocalypse Ghost Chili Hot Sauce
Ghost peppers and habaneros with a mix of spices, vegetables, vinegar, and oil create this almost sweet, yet terrifyingly hot sauce.
Why We Love National Hot Sauce Day
A. It's everywhere
More than half of American households have some type of hot sauce in the kitchen. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, hot sauce is a staple at the dining room table for millions.
B. There are endless varieties
The common denominator? Chili peppers. National Hot Sauce Day is celebration of the many regional flavors available.
C. They reflect different cultures
Hot sauce ingredients are drawn from their unique regions. For instance, the Panamanian sauce called "Picante Chombo" includes locally grown Scotch bonnet peppers, and sauces from the West Indies feature local fruits and veggies.