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Video: Taste testing the official Sauce Castillo hot sauce

Video: Experts give Sauce Castillo good marks for rookie effort

Sacramento Bee reporters Chris Macias and Ryan Lillis, along with chef Adam Pechal and Abe Cunningham, drummer for Deftones, compare Sauce Castillo, a hot sauce named - in a fashion - after Sacramento Kings rookie Nik Stauskas, with other similar
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Sacramento Bee reporters Chris Macias and Ryan Lillis, along with chef Adam Pechal and Abe Cunningham, drummer for Deftones, compare Sauce Castillo, a hot sauce named - in a fashion - after Sacramento Kings rookie Nik Stauskas, with other similar

It’s the hottest sauce in town – maybe not for its spiciness, but rather for its connection to the Sacramento Kings. The official Sauce Castillo hot sauce is now available from Musashi Foods, a New York-based producer of Japanese sauces.

This Sauce Castillo condiment is named for Kings reserve shooting guard Nik Stauskas, who earned the nickname “Sauce Castillo” after a closed-captioning error during a March game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Quickly sensing the opportunity to capitalize on the nickname, Musashi Foods reached out to Stauskas’ agent to form a partnership – and a sauce was born. It’s available online for $4.99 per bottle.

But how does it taste? For that, we rounded up a couple of common hot sauces plus a Sacramento-made sriracha. Then we ordered some Pizza Guys in honor of Kings starting shooting guard Ben McLemore and got to tasting. The panel included:

▪ Adam Pechal – Sacramento chef and former contestant on ABC’s “The Taste.”

▪ Abe Cunningham – Drummer for Deftones, the Sacramento rock stars, and partner in the upcoming Amaro Italian Bistro on R Street.

▪ Chris Macias – Food and wine writer for The Sacramento Bee, and no stranger to hot sauces.

▪ Ryan Lillis – The Bee’s City Beat columnist, and the guy who broke the news on the official Sauce Castillo.

Click on the video to see how the tasting went down.

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