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Food Finds: Hotlanta Hot Sauce

posted on March 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm

In 2008, friends Thomas Wessels and David Paul shared a joke about a fictitious hot sauce. That joke quickly turned into a full-scale operation: Hotlanta Hot Sauce. The goal was a hot sauce using Southern ingredients — such as peaches and Vidalia onion — with a serious kick. After four months of testing hundreds of recipes, the guys served their 10 favorite versions to 100 of their friends at a barbecue where they passed out comment cards to measure the response. The recipe that won was also the guys’ No. 1 pick. So they bottled it up, and started pounding the pavement.Hotlanta’s flavor is reminiscent of Cholula with a fruity twist. Instead of being cloying, the peaches and Vidalia onion add a subtle sweetness to counteract the complex heat provided by the mix of chiles — fresh habanero for a tangier spice, and dried chile de arbol for a strong yet not overpowering smokiness. The sauce has a nice, whole mouthfeel and looks like a fresh puree instead of your standard separated liquids and solids.

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  • Re: Food Finds: Hotlanta Hot Sauce
    posted by: Hudson · March 1, 2010  1:38 PM

    Good stuff.

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