Sriracha (pronounced sir-ra-cha) has become something of a celebrity in the condiment world. Halloween costumes, fan girl embroidery, hipster shots, ingredient of the year awards...sriracha has a pretty serious following.
FLAVOR - Smoky heat interspersed with garlic, followed by sweetness and finished off with the heat
CONSISTENCY - Thin-ish, but thicker than traditional hot sauce
APPEARANCE - Brilliant red with an orange tint
SMELL - Enticing aroma of chilis and garlic, with a vinegar twang
AVAILABILITY - Readily available
INGREDIENTS - Chili, sugar, salt, garlic, distilled vinegar, potassium sorbate, sodium bisulfite as preservatives, xanthan gum
Don't be mistaken; sriracha is no elementary hot sauce. Its flavor has a delicious smoky complexity and the texture is much thicker. Heat seems to slightly vary from bottle to bottle, but even at its hottest sriracha isn't too dangerous. Note: while refrigeration isn't required, keeping your bottle in the fridge will help retain color and flavor.
Image: Neon Hot Sauce, by fensterbme