Frank's Redhot
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Born in Louisiana but destined for buffalo wings everywhere, Frank's remains a favorite, not for its heat but for its balanced saltiness and acidity.

Pickapeppa
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Jamaica is home to the incendiary Scotch bonnet chili, but the island's famous sauce also uses tamarind, mango, and raisins, adding a tang to chicken.

Crystal
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Made in New Orleans, this cayenne-based condiment has a devoted following that uses it to add salt and heat to fried chicken, mac and cheese, and gumbo.

Sriracha
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This Los Angeles born, Jean-Georges-endorsed "rooster sauce" of red jalapeńos is excellent squirted into soups and stirred into mayo (see below).

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