We didn't have any hot sauce, so we just skipped that, figuring we could add additional spice to taste. Well, it was a nice mildly spicy dish without it. We will be making it again! It took me 20-30 minutes to get it going, but after that did not need a lot of attention. The barley did need the extra water, though.
This was excellent! Did a few modifications to my taste/availability: white instead of red onion, omitted red pepper, added 1 cup of frozen corn. I actually made this in my Pampered Chef microwave rice cooker--it turned out great and I didn't have to stir while the barley cooked. This is an easy recipe that I will definitely make again.