The Hot Sauce Chronicles

I love Firehouse Subs.

Toastier than Quiznos.
Not as skimpy as Blimpies.
Fresher than Subway.

I even (almost) got into an altercation with the Labor & Delivery nurse during Imogen’s birth over the quality of sub chains in Atlanta. (She was a devotee of Jimmy ohn’s, which I found disgusting and personally insulting. More importantly, who argues with the parents in the delivery room? Honestly!)

One of my favorite things about Firehouse (apart from the freestyle machines) is the wide array of hot sauces.They even have a house hot sauce, Captain Sorenson’s Datil Pepper Sauce. It’s a sandwich chain started by Firemen, after all, so they have hot sauce.

I think we all see the joke.



So I’ve got around a dozen photos on my phone exactly like the one you see below: two hot sauce bottles and the plastic cups I used for my takeout order.


I had the crazy idea I was going to start a hot sauce Tumblr or maybe even a hot sauce site, but other folks have already been there so I’m doing the next best thing: blogging here.

Firehouse puts a numbered sticker ranging in value from 1 to 10 on each of the bottles with 1 being the mildest and 10 being the hottest. The bottles are usually arranged mildest to hottest moving left to right.

Knowing my own palette (and my desire to try new things) I started taking the pictures so I wouldn’t repeat hot sauces and so that I could use Tumblr, Evernote or something else (like this blog post) to keep track of my tasting and heat notes. Note: this didn’t sound so weird in my head, but it seems ridiculous typed out on screen.

So be it.

I like hot sauce.

These two hot sauces weren’t bad at all. The Walkerswood Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce was rated a 6 and the Al Gore’s I Invented Hot Sauce was rated a 7. I’d agree with the former but I’d rate the latter an 8.

I normally go for the 6/7/8 range but, if the sauce is sufficiently smooth and not chunky I’ll get a 9 from time to time.

Both of these sauces were thick & chunky, which didn’t provide much difference in texture, but the Walkerswood was noticeably sweeter and the color of mustard. Very nice.

Al Gore? He brought the global warming with a sauce that was hotter than advertised and seemed to stick to my ribs, teeth, sub and any other surface it saw. This one had a lingering bite after a very hot start. Call it an 8 and I’d happily get it again.

I don’t think I’m going to blog the back catalog of hot sauces & photos (mostly because my notes are suspect) but I liked this enough to keep doing it going forward, minus all that boring crap in the beginning.

Until next time, gentle reader, enjoy your hot sauce responsibly!