Every hot sauce lover has their own “special secret” food they love to put hot sauce on; it’s almost a rite of passage. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of unconventional ways to use hot sauce, complete with recommendations for which Revved Up Hot Sauce flavor is best suited for the job. Hopefully these give you some inspiration for new culinary adventures.
I love adding hot sauce to recipes that usually use ketchup; the flavors blend really well, and you get the best of both worlds. Next time you make meatloaf, try adding a few (or more) dashes of hot sauce to your ketchup topping. It’ll add new life to the time-tested dish.
Best with: Spicy Cayenne, Peri-Peri Ghost
For a quick crunchy snack, toss a cup of nuts in hot sauce and roast them in the oven. The sauce will form a flavorful glaze, making a unique healthy snack you’ll love. Just be sure to use a hot sauce variety that’s smoother in texture so it coats the nuts evenly.
Best with: Jalapeno, Southern Style
- Add to a basic salad dressing
Basic salad vinaigrettes have earned a reputation for being a bit drab. To add variety to this old standby, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce and stir to taste before you dress your greens. No salad can be boring with heat and the added flavors of Revved Up Sauce.
Best with: Honestly, any hot sauce will work in this application. Make your choice to match the ingredients in your salad.
- Lackluster beer
This sounds crazy, but hear me out – acidity is great to liven up beer! We already do it with shandies (lemonade) and pickle beer (pickles, of course). If you find yourself sipping a disappointing brew at a party, tap in a few shakes of hot sauce and stir. It’ll add a nice kick and will wake up the beer’s existing flavors.
Best with: Stick with a classic hot sauce to start. Southern Style and Jalapeno great picks, or go with Serrano for a lighter beer.
- Ice cream
Trust me on this one; it’s a much-loved and little-known standby for hot sauce lovers everywhere. The cool temperature and high fat content in the ice cream will actually tone down the spiciness in the hot sauce, meaning you can focus on appreciating the complex flavors in the sauce you use. This makes ice cream a great opportunity to savor a gourmet hot sauce. And who doesn’t love a new spin on ice cream? Start with a simple ice cream flavor like chocolate or vanilla before getting adventurous with more elaborate flavors heavy on the mix-ins.
Best with: Pineapple Bomb, Jalapeno, Spicy Cayenne, Peri-Peri Ghost
Of course, these are just a few ideas to get you started. Half the fun of hot sauce is experimentation! Give these ideas a try and let them inspire you to try new off-the-wall hot sauce applications. And let us know how they go!