Brother Bru-Bru's African Hot Sauce

By Razib Khan | April 20, 2007 6:42 pm

bru.jpgI was at the local food co-op when I saw Brother Bru Bru’s African Hot Sauce. It said it was “very hot!” on the label, and since some of you had recommended African hot sauces to me earlier I decided to check it out. The label suggests that there were assorted peppers mixed into this concoction. Frankly, for me it was a bit on the mild side. Also, the background sweetness and pungency overwhelmed the heat. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the flavor, even if I was disappointed by tepid spice level. I’m giving it a 4 out of 10, mostly because this was way too mild for a “very hot!” sauce. I mean, the label advertises that it is peddling indigenous wisdom, and the cover has a bug-eyed black guy wearing a tribal necklace. It would have had to be real good to make up for the promises & kind of offensive marketing package, and it just didn’t step up.

  • Ex-drone

    The May 2007 edition of National Geographic magazine has an interesting one-pager on the “World’s Hottest Chiles” that explains the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) scale.

  • ken

    I can drink most of those sauces from the bottle, regardless of their supposed “Scoville rating”. But I routinely get my socks knocked off by a dish of genuine Thai som tam (spicy papaya salad).
    Supposedly, capsaicin doesn’t degrade quickly, so that can’t be the problem. But is it possible that the oils (oleoresin) and/or vinegar are binding to the capsaicin, or competing for slots on your tongue? Most of the spicy sauces in Thailand are based in fish sauce, which is mostly just salty water.

  • Super Dave

    Try “Dave’s Insanity” if you like real hot sauce.

  • razib
  • Super Dave

    Cool. Got a kick out of the “insanity in the eye” comment. Yeeeouch!

  • Sandgroper

    Slightly late addition.
    Not directly relevant, but this was the most recent ‘hot sauce’ thread I could find from a quick search.
    Geezer died from eating home made sauce from home grown chillis. Could just be capsaicin toxicity, I suppose.


Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

Gene Expression

This blog is about evolution, genetics, genomics and their interstices. Please beware that comments are aggressively moderated. Uncivil or churlish comments will likely get you banned immediately, so make any contribution count!

About Razib Khan

I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at


See More


RSS Razib’s Pinboard

Edifying books

Collapse bottom bar