The hot sauce business is one that is perfect for innovative thinkers. When your only goals are to make something spicy and tasty, there’s a lot of room left over for new ideas and ingredients. Of course, that doesn’t stop companies from releasing products based on the most basic recipe, with the aim of capturing that coveted “table sauce” market. You know, the sort of sauce that you just keep around for any and all purposes. That seems to be the intent behind Red Robot’s original flavor of hot sauce, but you won’t catch me complaining as long as it tastes good.
Whole Roasted Peppers, Vinegar, Onions, Sea Salt, Cilantro, Garlic, Xanthan Gum/p>
The differences between Red Robot’s recipe and the conventional fare are few but important. First, you get the whole roasted peppers (cayenne, presumably), as opposed to the non-roasted variety. Roasting peppers tends to bring out a whole new level of flavor, so this can only be a good thing. Second, of course, is the seasoning here. The combination of onions, sea salt, cilantro, and garlic is a modest one, to be sure, but this is a business where even small changes or additions can have huge impacts.
This looks like your standard cayenne-based sauce, what with its reddish-orange hue. It has some black flecks in it, and a little bit of pulpiness, but is almost identical in appearance to a typical table sauce.
Smell and Taste:
This is a vinegar-based sauce, but you wouldn’t really know it from the smell. Instead, it is the scent of fire-roasted peppers that hits first, which is like a wonderful present from the folks at Red Robot to your nostrils. As for the flavor… Well, remember that comparison above to the standard hot sauce recipe? Scratch that. This is a lot better.
What works so well here is the fire-roasted pepper flavor. Red Robot’s cooking process brings both the heat and the flavor out of the peppers (like how fire-roasted salsa is the best salsa; that’s not even up for debate). The heat on this is a high Medium, putting it at just the right spot for a legitimate table sauce for everyone to enjoy (Note: mild sweating may occur). And again, thanks to the small but important changes to the basic recipe, Red Robot has put out a rather Notable sauce. It may not revolutionize the industry any time soon, but it sure as heck makes me want more.
Look, this is a table sauce, which means you can (and should) put it on practically everything you eat. My real recommendation here is that you cast out, exorcist-style, any other basic cayenne-based sauces, because you really don’t need them now. Seriously, try this stuff.
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.