We are in the great Sriracha drought of 2022. I haven’t seen it on the shelves of local grocery stores for months now. And if you’re anything like me, that’s a big problem! It’s not just a local issue, in fact, there’s a nationwide shortage of Sriracha.
Because Huy Fong Sriracha is a staple in my home, I had to try to find something to replace it. I was able to find two variations of Sriracha at my local Woodman’s so that I could let you know about some of the alternatives. Unfortunately, neither of them matched the perfect Huy Fong balance. However, each had its benefits and downsides.
Let me start by saying, I hate traditional Tabasco sauce. It’s one of my least favorite hot sauces ever — it’s just a weird burny vinegar with no redeeming qualities.
Luckily, Tabasco’s Sriracha is… not as bad. To me it doesn’t taste much like Huy Fong, but it’s acceptable.
Tabasco Sriracha vs. Huy Fong Sriracha
What I noticed about the Tabasco Sriracha is that it tastes SWEET, and a bit one-note. The ingredients are similar — red jalapeños, vinegar, sugar, garlic, etc, but it lacks the complexity of Huy Fong and sits very sweet on the tongue.
The garlic also isn’t as noticeable or pleasant to me as traditional Sriracha, and it is less spicy.
Food Club Sriracha
I have never heard of Food Club Sriracha before, but it looks like a very generic off-brand. It has a flat cap rather than the coned nozzle found with normal Huy Fong Sriracha (and the Tabasco variation.)
Generic Food Club Sriracha vs. Huy Fong Sriracha
Again, this knockoff Sriracha just falls flat for me. It is much lighter and thinner in consistency than Huy Fong, looking almost like a sweet and sour sauce.
Surprisingly, the Food Club brand Sriracha was significantly less sweet than the Tabasco version, but it also falls short of regular Sriracha as we know and love it. It is more on the sour side vs. the sweet side, but again fails the balance of Huy Fong.
The verdict: are off-brand Srirachas worth it?
If you are simply looking for a sweet or sour hot sauce, Tabasco or Food Club Srirachas might be worth a shot. However, if you have spent years eating Sriracha daily and are looking for a close replacement, you won’t find what you’re looking for in these brands.
Other Sriracha alternatives
The only other swap that I have found that I like equal to Sriracha is Huy Fong chili garlic sauce. Luckily, the Huy Fong shortage hasn’t seemed to affect products other than Sriracha itself. However, I find the chili garlic sauce to be significantly spicier than Sriracha, and obviously a very different consistency (chunkier), so I use it slightly differently. It’s also a shame that it comes in such small jars, because I typically make my way through a 28-oz bottle of Sriracha in about a month.