Why hot sauce isn’t enjoyable anymore
By Morgan Hannah, Life & Style Editor
Hot sauce, especially when its doused unevenly on wings in practically every bar in the lower mainland, isn’t any good. Why? Because it’s just Frank’s RedHot sauce! Nothing more, nothing less. Don’t get me wrong, Frank’s is delicious! It truly is—the subtle sweetness with a back burner of spicy—but when they, as they say, “put that shit on everything” and when it’s all the same everywhere you go, these poor, poor taste buds are just dying for something different.
Whatever happened to trying to be original? Trying to craft something delicious? Or just trying to be the odd one out of the competitive field? With so many hot sauce flavours out there, it really is mind boggling to me why every pub, bar, and restaurant I’ve come across seems to always serve Frank’s. It just seems lazy to me.
A couple of days ago I watched a video on YouTube by the Try Guys that sparked my hot sauce outrage. If you haven’t heard of the 6.8 million subscriber channel, they are a group of four men in their thirties who previously worked for Buzzfeed. They like to try stuff—pregnancy simulators, odd diets, karate, aerial silks, and attempting to eat 400 dumplings in one sitting… unfortunately not possible but still wildly entertaining. Any-whoodles, Keith Habersberger, the humorous one of the group, has a real food fetish and made a video about travelling far and wide to make his very own hot sauce for chicken. Let me say that again. This man went out and made his own hot sauce. Does that not tell all of you—the pubs, bars, and restaurants just using Frank’s—something? Something clearly important? He’s not even the only YouTuber making hot sauces!
We NEED to up our sauce game, folks. Certainly when it comes to hot sauce… and especially when it comes to a hot sauce for chicken! Think of those luscious breasts, thighs, and wings! We need more creativity and passion in our kitchens—commercial or otherwise. Don’t just go for a bottle of Frank’s because it’s code, traditional, or easy! Mix it up. Make it new. Travel far and wide in search of delicious ingredients for hot sauce! If restaurants would send me, I’d be a mercenary sauce connoisseur for the sake of original, great-tasting chicken (and other things) everywhere.