Crimson Seasoning // Bravado Spice Co. // Houston, TX
We suspect the name’s a tongue-in-capsaicin-coated cheek dig at other, er, more blue collar sauce names — looking at you, Frank. That’s because this one’s so much more than just a sauce, and world’s above simple heat. Jalapeños and arbols bring a rich mix of fruit, citrus, and, oh yeah, fire to your usual fare — think tacos and pizza slices — but makes this a burly enough vehicle for hearty marinades and deeply simmered sauces. Try this: Marinate strips of tenderloin in Crimson Seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil for thirty minutes, then grill fast and hot. Serve with similarly marinated onions. And remember, name aside, the sauce is no joke: Use sparingly, or keep the canteen close.