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What is the difference between Tabasco and Frank's Red Hot?

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What is the difference between Tabasco and Frank's Red Hot?

Tabasco is more expensive (price per volume) than Frank's Red Hot. Is there a good justification for this? I have never tried the latter.
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Tabasco is hotter, and tastes different than Frank's Red Hot.
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I find Frank's to be much more sour than Tabasco. If you've had buffalo wings before then you may have had Frank's as a lot of places just mix Frank's with butter. I'm selective with what I can put Frank's on but Tabasco is pretty much good with everything.
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Tabasco: Thinner texture, way more expensive per mL. Aged for 2 years in Jack Daniels used Whiskey barrels. So you see where your money goes. Its somewhat the standard for how hot sauce tastes for me since that was the go to hotsauce as a child. But since I have grown out of it. Its kinda coming back for me. Try the chipotle version, its actually very good.

Franks: Thicker texture, cheaper and can be found in multipacks at costco. Personally think this tastes better on more variety. You can put it on pretty much anything now and it'll be a good sauce for it. Same cannot be said with Tabasco. I think this has more of a vinnegar taste to it, or the taste is not as hot as Tabasco(lingering feeling not as strong). Has more flavour in my opinion.

Best hot sauce definately Red Rooster Sirachia. There are some nice smaller batch hot sauces out there of course, but talking about mass market here.
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Franks has too much vinegar, tabasco is better IMO.
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Becks wrote: Tabasco is more expensive (price per volume) than Frank's Red Hot.

Frank tastes like Mild Buffalo Suace, which I prefer on things like Chicken Fingers, etc. Tabasco has a unique flavor which some really like.
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ghostfacechilla wrote: Tabasco: Thinner texture, way more expensive per mL. Aged for 2 years in Jack Daniels used Whiskey barrels. So you see where your money goes. Its somewhat the standard for how hot sauce tastes for me since that was the go to hotsauce as a child. But since I have grown out of it. Its kinda coming back for me. Try the chipotle version, its actually very good.

Franks: Thicker texture, cheaper and can be found in multipacks at costco. Personally think this tastes better on more variety. You can put it on pretty much anything now and it'll be a good sauce for it. Same cannot be said with Tabasco. I think this has more of a vinnegar taste to it, or the taste is not as hot as Tabasco(lingering feeling not as strong). Has more flavour in my opinion.

Best hot sauce definately Red Rooster Sirachia. There are some nice smaller batch hot sauces out there of course, but talking about mass market here.
I moved on to Rooster Sriracha from Frank's and Tabasco, too. It makes a good dipping sauce 1:2 with French's Ketchup.

Even better is my current fave, Kikkoman Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. Very hot and long lasting. I get it a Dollartree.
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Recently I bought this at No Frills: Image

Except it was a 1L bottle for $3.77. It's quite hot and tastes most like Frank's. Good deal.

Although not as good of a deal as Costco's sale prices for Frank's hot sauce.
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Brand appeal maybe?

Tabasco is like the"Kleenex" of Louisiana hot sauces.ie mnay people simply refer to any Lousinia hot sauce as Tabasco.

I heard about Frank's only after Tabasco and Red Rooster, but I agree Franks has become popular possibly due to it's advertising.

They all taste different, some more vinegary than the others.

Sriracha is totally differnt type of chilli with a different taste.

They suit different types of food IMO.

Not sure who makes those large containers that Pizza places like Double Double use for their wings.

Not sure if it's been altered, but even that brand tastes different and seems thicker than store shelf retail offerings.
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Hi,

Louisiana hot sauce is vinegar based & sriracha hot sauce is water based. I still like to be able to taste the meat in my spiced up food & find the vinegar is too overpowering.
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By the way, alternates to Tabasco are Grace and NuPak Hot Pepper Sauce. Very similar taste, heat levels, and same thin consistancy but much cheaper than Tabasco brand. I sometimes put it in "wet" foods like stews or pasta dishes. Metro just had the NuPak sauce on sale for 99 cents, if i recall - I picked up a few bottles.

Franks is totally different, being thicker and spiced differently.Good for bbq wings which doesn't work as well with thin Tabasco.

Sriracha is different, again. Being much more garlicky than the above and I use it more on Asian foods. I find myself diverging away from using Sriracha in favour of "rounded" sauces like Toban Jiang.

For a real kick, I'll reach for the Blair's Ultra Death sauce and add a few drops to chili's and such, though nobody in my family likes it except me!

There's no one hot sauce for every application. You need several on hand for different uses.
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ghostfacechilla wrote: Tabasco: Thinner texture, way more expensive per mL. Aged for 2 years in Jack Daniels used Whiskey barrels. So you see where your money goes. Its somewhat the standard for how hot sauce tastes for me since that was the go to hotsauce as a child. But since I have grown out of it. Its kinda coming back for me. Try the chipotle version, its actually very good.

Franks: Thicker texture, cheaper and can be found in multipacks at costco. Personally think this tastes better on more variety. You can put it on pretty much anything now and it'll be a good sauce for it. Same cannot be said with Tabasco.
This is pretty accurate.
Tabasco is also significantly hotter per volume so you need less of it.
Apparently Tabasco also uses their own peppers (the Tabasco pepper) which is unique to them whereas most other sauces use Cayenne.
I think this has more of a vinnegar taste to it, or the taste is not as hot as Tabasco(lingering feeling not as strong). Has more flavour in my opinion.
This is accurate too.
Best hot sauce definately Red Rooster Sirachia. There are some nice smaller batch hot sauces out there of course, but talking about mass market here.
Get out. Sriracha is FAR too sweet for me. It's literally my least favorite hot sauce.
lecale wrote: If you like Tabasco Chipotle, PC Chipotle Hot sauce is an exact dupe: http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/pr ... sauce.html
Maybe I hadn't ad Tabasco in a while, but the PC branded one didn't taste right to me.
I have no basis of comparison since I can't find the Tabasco branded one anywhere in a volume that's not a ripoff.
(Superstore still has it, but it's a tiny bottle for like $5 now)
chinesedevil wrote: Franks has too much vinegar, tabasco is better IMO.
That's weird since Tabasco is literally more than 50% vinegar according to the ingredient list whereas Franks has Cayenne peppers as their first ingredient.
gh05t wrote: I heard about Frank's only after Tabasco and Red Rooster, but I agree Franks has become popular possibly due to it's advertising.
It's literally the de facto sauce for every single hot wing in North America.
There's some variation on it (ie house brands to save a few bucks) but it's this type of sauce that dominates the wing industry.
Strangely enough, I think it's actually weird on other things. To me it only belongs on wings.
Not sure who makes those large containers that Pizza places like Double Double use for their wings.
Depends on if the company is cheap or not.

If they're not, it's most likely this:
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If they are, it's probably this:
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Source: I buy Frank's by the gallon for my wings.
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death_hawk wrote: Maybe I hadn't ad Tabasco in a while, but the PC branded one didn't taste right to me.
I have no basis of comparison since I can't find the Tabasco branded one anywhere in a volume that's not a ripoff.
(Superstore still has it, but it's a tiny bottle for like $5 now)
I have both in the house now and did a side by side:

Tabasco: waterier, fruitier, redder
PC: browner, vinegarier

So you are right.

Food Basics had Tabasco on for $1.99 earlier this year and there were $1.50 coupons, so for me Tabasco has been the cheaper option. I stocked up on the chipotle one.
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The US has a 1/2 gallon of Chipotle for $22 plus $7 shipping so I'm thinking of getting that since prices went up.
Superstore was selling for like $4-5 for 80ish mL or whatever size that is.
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death_hawk wrote: The US has a 1/2 gallon of Chipotle for $22 plus $7 shipping so I'm thinking of getting that since prices went up.
Superstore was selling for like $4-5 for 80ish mL or whatever size that is.
$7 to ship .5 gal liquid to Canada is unrealstic. It's way low even if they will do it.
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Costco has 350ml tabasco for 8.99. So about half the price of Loblaws per ml.
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jayt90 wrote: $7 to ship .5 gal liquid to Canada is unrealstic. It's way low even if they will do it.
death_hawk wrote: The US
It's not happening to Canada.
Tabasco's store front DOES ship to Canada but they don't give you a price until you check out.
Guarantee it won't be $7. $70 maybe.
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death_hawk wrote: It's not happening to Canada.
Tabasco's store front DOES ship to Canada but they don't give you a price until you check out.
Guarantee it won't be $7. $70 maybe.
I stopped buying 15 lb shipments of green coffee beans from U.S. sources when the most ecoomical rate at USPS went up to U.S.$45 last year.
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Since this thread has diverged a bit...

I hate recommended this because it is my go to sauce and don't want you guys to drive up the price...but check out Valentina's hot sauce - from Mexico, $1.99 available at some Walmarts and No Frills and most Mexican food retailers in GTA.

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