Sriracha fans, brace yourselves for a major shortage. Huy Fong Inc., one of the world’s largest producers in the Asian hot sauce market, has warned that they anticipate a major shortage of their beloved Sriracha. The company says that this is due to severe weather conditions affecting the quality of the chili peppers, which are essential to making Sriracha sauce.
It means that we may have to ration our beloved sriracha or find a new go-to condiment for our meals. It also means that the price of Sriracha is likely to increase, as the sauce becomes more scarce.
So if you’re like me and can’t live without Sriracha, make sure to stock up while you still can! And who knows, maybe this Sriracha shortage will be the perfect opportunity to explore other types of hot sauces out there. After all, variety is the spice of life!
What is Sriracha?
Sriracha is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. It is named after the city of Si Racha in Thailand, where it was first created. Sriracha is often used as a dipping sauce, in soups and sauces, on pizzas and pasta, or simply as a spicy condiment.
There are three main products Huy Fong produces:
- Chili Garlic sauce – a thick, chunky style hot sauce with a hint of garlic flavor
- Sriracha sauce – a thinner, more vinegary style hot sauce. Its the most popular of the three
- Sambal Oelek – a chunky, all-natural style of Sriracha without any added preservatives. A full-bodied sauce with the pure taste of chilies. No other flavors have been added for those who prefer a simpler taste.
The sauce has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many companies creating their own version of Sriracha. However, Huy Fong’s Sriracha remains the most popular brand, with an estimated 70% of the market share.
If you are a fan of Pho, a popular Vietnamese noodle soup, then you are probably already familiar with Sriracha. Pho is traditionally garnished with Sriracha, along with hoisin sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
What’s behind the Sriracha shortage?
The chili peppers used to make Sriracha are grown in Central California, New Mexico, and Mexico. The region has been dealing with extreme weather conditions, including drought and record-breaking heatwaves. These conditions have led to a decrease in the quality of the chili peppers, which has made it difficult for Huy Fong to produce Sriracha sauce at their usual high quality.
According to the USDA, drought conditions in the United States have worsened since March, with Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Montana, and New Mexico suffering the most.
According to Food Source Information, the majority of the commercial jalapeño supply in the United States is produced in New Mexico, Texas, and California.
Various circumstances, such as drought, can limit chili pepper production, according to a study that looked at the impact of drought on chili pepper crops. Flowering is one of the most sensitive phases in crop development, and researchers discovered that it is influenced by water scarcity.
It also found that water scarcity decreased ovaries and pungency in pepper fruit, that the availability of water at the flowering and pod development stages is critical to producing high-quality peppers, and that the most significant factor in chili pepper production is access to water during the flowering and pod formation periods.
What does this mean for Sriracha fans?
If you’re a fan of Sriracha, you might want to stock up while you still can!
The scarcity of Huy Fong hot sauce is expected to last until the fall. All purchases made on or after April 19, 2022, will be processed and shipped after Labor Day in 2022, according to Huy Fong.
So, if you’re a foodie who loves Sriracha, make sure to buy in bulk now, or you’ll be waiting a while for your next fix. And if you know someone who loves Sriracha as much as you do, it might be time to share the sauce! After all, there’s nothing worse than a Sriracha-less world.
Alternative to Sriracha sauce?
In the case of a Sriracha shortage, don’t fret! There are plenty of other hot sauces out there that can take its place. Here are a few of our favorites:
Cholula Hot Saurce
Chodula hot sauce is a great alternative to Sriracha. It has a similar flavor profile with a little less heat.
Tapatio Hot Sauce
Tapatio hot sauce is another good alternative to Sriracha. It’s a bit spicier than Cholula, but it’s still delicious. We love to put it on tacos!
Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Frank’s RedHot is a classic hot sauce that can be used in place of Sriracha. It has a similar flavor profile and is just as versatile.
The Bottom Line
If you’re a Sriracha fan, don’t despair! There are plenty of other delicious hot sauces out there that can take its place. So go ahead and stock up on your favorites so you can keep the heat going all year long.
Whatever you do, just don’t panic – the Sriracha shortage will eventually come to an end. In the meantime, try to enjoy the other hot sauces out there! After all, variety is the spice of life. So go out and explore all that the world of hot sauce has to offer!