Sunday NFL Taste Test: Hot Sauce

We pit three big brands of hot sauce against each other to see which one can stand the heat.

Sure, you’ve got the 116″ flat screen that hasn’t even been released yet, the speakers that have already caused your elderly neighbors to call the police, and the oversized couch made from the skin of only the cutest of baby seals, but have you thought about what’s really important: What snacks are you going to put on the table? We hit the supermarket and put our editors through a rigorous blind taste test of snack foods to help you decide what to bring home for the big game on Sunday. Check back every Friday throughout football season for a new snack-food face-off.

Brand: Texas Pete

Price: $1.95

Score: 4.94

Verdict: Everything’s bigger and better in Texas, huh? Maybe Pete isn’t really from Texas. What a fraud.



“Yuck – watered down ketchup”

“I wouldn’t kick it out of bed”

Brand: Crystal

Price: $1.66

Score: 6.62

Verdict: It’s clear that these folks know how to add a buffalo “umph” to some their sauce, but some thought they were trying too hard.


“Yum! Had a nice buffalo wing vibe”

“Sweet and Spicy”

“Pretty good, a little “fake” tasting”

And The Winner Is…

Brand: Frank’s RedHot

Price: $3.00

Score: 7.12

Verdict: Frank knows how to get that Louisiana spice into his sauce, perfect for all those chicken wings we order. And that’s a lot of wings, trust us. 


“Buffalo sauce. Right? I’m right, right?

“New Orleans-y”