The only real drawback to writing regular hot sauce posts is that it reveals just how much hot sauce – and by extension Firehouse Subs – I’m eating this month.
For the second installment, I have to give a shout-out to my awesome wife who indulged me (and allowed me to indulge) by getting this week’s sauces.
She asked “Chunky or smooth?” and I said “either”.
She wanted to know if fruity was fine and I told her it was.
She needed a heat range and I specified 7s & 8s.
With these parameters in mind, she chose two excellent sauces that really served to highlight and compliment my regular sub, the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket.
Here’s a photo:
First, (on the left) the 7, Mo Hotta Mo Betta Chipotle Adobo sauce. Say that one five times fast.
I enjoyed this sauce a ton. It was sweet, thick and almost like a spicy ketchup or barbecue sauce. Lots of molasses and ginger in this one.
Second, (on the right) the 8, Pyro-Mania. No idea why it isn’t one word like the classic Def Leppard album but that’s another blog post. This one was very chunky (more a spicy salsa than a hot sauce) but it was really good. Lots of fresh herb and vegetable in this one. Yum!
All in all, I greatly enjoyed both sauces. The first really served as a spicier version of the bbq sauce already on the sandwich. Smooth, sweet and just the proper amount of spice.
The second was an excellent contrast to the other flavors and textures. It was chunkier, hotter and more savory than the first. This one complimented the meat just as the first complimented the sauce.
Some of you are no doubt thinking to yourselves that I’m flattering my wife for her ability to choose condiments (and spouses). You would be correct.
I’m also being honest. This batch of sauces was far superior to the first batch I blogged.
Only time will tell if subsequent meals live up to this standard.
One tasting note: I’d rate both of these sauces about one unit lower than Firehouse has chosen to mark them. Maybe I need to start dipping my finger (or just the edge of my sub roll) in each as a more scientific method.
That or I need to eat less Sriracha so I’m not throwing off my regular baseline. ;-)
Until next time.