Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Lime gives hot sauce tasty tang

Gotta Try It

Not long ago, hot sauce was hot sauce: Straight, red, spicy stuff for flavoring chili, wings and anything else that needed a jolt. Now, of course, hot sauce comes in a variety of degrees of heat, colors and flavors. Being just hot is not enough.

So aficionados will have to try the new "Chile 'n Lime" sauce, from Frank's RedHot, the company that was founded in Cincinnati in 1921 and later moved to New Jersey.

This terra-cotta-colored condiment carries a citrus tang and a judicious dose of cumin and garlic, the primary flavors of Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex. The heat is moderate, making it easy to use when flavoring black beans, Bloody Marys, grilled chicken and other deserving dishes. About $1.99 per 12 ounces.

Chuck Martin

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