Tabasco Now Making Its Own Brand of Sriracha Hot Sauce

Famed hot sauce-maker Tabasco has quietly rolled out their own version of Huy Fong’s Sriracha hot sauce

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The original king of hot sauce is getting a leg up on the sriracha competition! We definitely wouldn't mind doing a side-by-side taste test.

The competition between hot sauce brands is really heating up. Huy Fong Sriracha sauce has been wooing the world with products from popcorn to burgers and macaroni and cheese being slathered in the stuff. And now Tabasco is looking to get a leg up on the competition. Tabasco has quietly rolled out their own bottle of Sriracha hot sauce, available only on their website for $4.99 per 15-ounce bottle, or almost twice as expensive as the original sauce.

The description of the Tabasco Sriracha is definitely a bit cheeky: “Premium Sriracha Sauce is made of only the highest quality ingredients to create an authentic Thai chili sauce from the Brand who created pepper sauce in 1868”

Weirdly enough, even though Huy Fong, the maker of the original Sriracha sauce has been in the news a lot as the company prepares for a possible factory move, the Tabasco Sriracha has been rolled out without any pomp or circumstance.  According to Grub Street, Huy Fong would only say that the product is a limited edition item.

Huy Fong unfortunately cannot trademark the name Sriracha because it comes from the name Si Racha, a city in Thailand.

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


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who gives a rat's arse

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Huy Fong's Si Racha Sauce is Vietnamese's takes on the Thai's original. Si Racha isn't named after the city of Si Racha in Chonburi Province. It is named for the company that originally crafted it. "Siracha Panich Chili Sauce" - it was called then. We short-formed it as "Siracha Chili Sauce" - ซอสพริกศรีราชา and not "Siracha Sauce" - "ซอสศรีราชา" like one that Tabasco is masking on their product label (I'm a Tabasco fan, but this one is a no-no). Nobody here call it like that. The original that are sold here doesn't taste like US Cock Sauce. The consistency is rather like thickened New Orleans style hot sauce rather than Huy Fong's "paste-like" hot sauce. The taste is sweet, sour, and spicy - not overtly garlicky and spicy like those that are sold in USA. The Thai used it because it is a cheap way to enliven their street snack and cheap meal. We put the original sauce on everything - omelet rice (because it is cheaper than imported tomato sauce!), grilled cheap sausage, stewed duck noodle soup (original usage in Si Racha Province), fried beef jerky, fried rice, pan-seared chicken noodle, crapes, spring rolls, and etc...

Have a look at the original. Shame on Huy Fong and Tabasco for not knowing the history of the product that they are selling.

How about giving the original maker some credits?

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