Food Kickstarter of the Day: Support a Fiery Local Hot Sauce and Give to Rocco's Superior Pepper Project!

September 10, 2012 5:19 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Rocco's Peppers
Rocco's Superior Pepper Project is our Kickstarter of the Day! (Photo: Rocco's Superior Pepper)

(If you're already sold on the idea of a fiery local hot sauce, click here to see their Kickstarter and donate)

Sure, Sriracha goes with everything, but it isn't always the kind of fire you're looking for. Sometimes, you're looking for a way to liven up a bowl of cheesy grits or a perfectly golden leg of fried chicken that looks like King Midas himself soaked his hand in the deep-fried.

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In other words, it isn't always about heat. Sometimes, it's about preserving the authenticity and integrity of a dish. And if you're like me, Tabasco doesn't do it for you. It's little more than a spicy vinegar that has the right idea, but couldn't have been more wrongly executed.

Where, then, is a hot sauce-lover to turn? Frank's Red Hot, Cholula, and Valentina's certainly fill the void, but they don't own it the way that Sriracha does with its family of hot sauces?

It's time, then, to put our faith in hot sauce newcomers. You'd be bereft if you didn't check out Rocco's Superior Pepper Project. Alongside their signature hot sauce, which they've affectionately and steampunkly titled Superior Pepper Elixir, they're also offering a traditional Italian peperoncino sauce, a vanilla-bean habanero sauce, and a black cherry chocolate habanero sauce.

Are they novelty items? Almost definitely, but we're excited to try them.

Why are we so excited for this Kickstarter? Well, if you're no stranger to these pages, you know that we go gaga for just about everything hot sauce. And as we've mentioned above, we're still looking for that absolutely perfect vinger-based Latin-American style hot sauce, and we'd like to give anyone and everyone a chance to wow us the next time we go to the supermarket.

On top of that, we think any Kickstarter that details its expenses with such meticulousness is worth funding in and of itself. No smoke-and-mirrors, no vague promise of your money going towards "only the best experience." You see how much everything costs, and from where everything comes. Mitt Romney could learn a thing or two from Johnny Rocco.

Check out their Kickstarter here.

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