By now, everyone knows that Sriracha goes well on everything, but, beneath its spicy surface, the ketchup-killing condiment atop our hot sauce power ranking list holds a wealth of secrets. We've compiled a list of 14 must-know facts to consume before the cock crows all over your eggs/burger/pizza/michelada.
1. You're pronouncing it wrong.. SIR-rotch-ah. As in, yes, sir, please smother whatever the hell I'm eating in this stuff.
2. Sriracha is the type of sauce; Huy Fong is the brand name. Accept no substitutes, even if they're emblazoned with dragons.
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3. It's actually significantly less hot than a jalapeno. According to the benchmark of all things spicy, the Scoville scale, Sriracha scores 2200 points. The red jalapeno peppers used in the sauce lose nearly half of their spiciness in processing, which puts the sauce on par with the Fresno and Anaheim peppers -- both of which are about as hot as their namesake cities.
4. They're not just cocky. The rooster is the Chinese zodiac sign of the sauce's founder.
5. Some dumbass drank three pounds of the stuff. Spoiler alert: this video ends in a bathroom.
6. The brand name Huy Fong comes from the ship that carried the sauce's founder to the US from Vietnam. The founder, who was of Chinese descent, made the original version of Sriracha in Gerber baby food jars before immigrating to the US and restarting the business.
7. It makes a great iPhone cover. Siri-racha, what's the weather like today?
8. They produce over a ton of it of it every hour. The assembly line cranks out 3000 bottles an hour, 24hrs a day, six days a week. That's roughly 200 tons per week. They sell about 20 million bottles a year.
9. It totally got Lay'd. The rooster took an honorable mention in a Lay's flavor design contest. Cheesy garlic bread was the victor, but the Sriracha Lay's legacy lives on in limited edition bags you can purchase online.
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10. There will soon be a documentary. No thanks to you. But luckily, 1,315 other people shelled out the money for a forthcoming film via Kickstarter.
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11. A hot sauce by any other name would smell as sweet. The name comes from the small coastal Thailand town Si Racha, population 19,221.
12. You can cook really good food with it. Bon Appetit came up with 25 delicious recipes, including Sriracha fried chicken. And there's also a cookbook dedicated entirely to the condiment.
13. Buy direct from them and save a ton of money, you cheap bastard. Purchase through their website (which was last updated May 10, 2004), and for only $7 you'll receive a sample pack that comes with 2 bottles of the rooster, their chili garlic paste, and the pure pepper paste Sambal Oelek.