What is the best hot sauce?

by Robb Sutton

Over the past year, I have been trying to make a concentrated effort to up my hot sauce game. So far it has been going pretty well as I used to be a total wimp when it came to anything hot. No…I’m serious…I got the hiccups instantly wimp. So since about January I have been slowly heating things up to the point that now I can actually heat fresh jalapeƱo and enjoy a good hot sauce. Since I am new to the game, I decided to ask my friends what they preferred when it comes to hot sauce to get some ideas on new ones to try.

I should also preference that I am making this list more as an archive to go back to than for any other reason.

The Tried and True Hot Sauces

There were several reoccurring answers that I will call the “tried and true”. Not only to most people think they taste really good but they are also mostly really easy to pick up just about any where.

Cholua Hot Sauce

One of the overwhelming general hot sauce favorites was Cholula. This was also one of my go to sauces for just about everything because it tastes good and has a little heat. Good to know that has a hot sauce beginner, I was at least getting off on on the right foot. It is also easy to find just about anywhere.

Arbol and Piquin Peppers / Mexico but Headquartered in New York, NY, USA

Buy here – https://amzn.to/2NLGrvp

Franks RedHot Hot Sauce

Franks and butter is just about the staple for wings and if you go to Buffalo, NY it is basically religion.

Cayenne Pepper / Hunt Valley, MD, USA

Buy Franks RedHot here – https://amzn.to/350lD9h

Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Sriracha almost has a cult following. I remember when there was a shortage a couple of years back and you couldn’t find it anywhere.

Chili Peppers / Rosemead, CA, USA

Buy Sriracha here – https://amzn.to/2qgvARl

Tapatio Hot Sauce

I used to get this as a present during Christmas from some friends in California. Great sauce for general use as well.

Red Peppers / Maywood, CA, USA

Buy Tapatio Here – https://amzn.to/2NNjPLh

Tabasco Pepper Sauce

Tabasco is probably the most well known hot sauce (at least in the US) and it comes in a lot of different varieties.

Red Peppers / Avery Island, LA, USA

Buy Tabasco Here – https://amzn.to/2Qi905t

Crystal Louisiana’s Pure Hot Sauce

Another great hot sauce that can be found at your local grocery store that was mentioned several times.

Red Cayenne Peppers / Metairie, LA, USA

Buy Crystal Here – https://amzn.to/33IcPER

Valentina Salsa Picante Mexican Hot Sauce

Chili Peppers / Mexico

Buy Valentina Here – https://amzn.to/2KmjKfr

The Lower Production Run Hot Sauces

One of the reasons I really asked the question was to find some hot sauces that I haven’t heard of to try out. While all of the ones above are really good, you can find most of them off the shelf at your grocery store and I was looking to try something new. Now…that said…some of these on this list are probably too hot for me (two I know are off the charts) but maybe one day I’ll get the guts to try them out anyway.

Dave’s Insanity Hot Sauce

Several different varieties including several that use pepper extracts.

Undisclosed pepper extract banned from National Fiery Foods Show / San Francisco, CA, USA

Buy Dave’s Insanity Here – https://amzn.to/32MZY2I

Pulp Hot Sauce

This was a recommendation from a friend that used to be a cook in downtown Atlanta. It is local to us.

Habanero Pepper / Atlanta, GA, USA

Buy Pulp Here – https://amzn.to/2CKsesi

The End Hot Sauce

That’s right. It’s called “The End”. It is complied of extracts and you are only recommended to try a pea size dot. The friend that recommended this one said it made him cry.

Habanero Pepper, Reaper Peppers, Pepper Extract / Sevierville, TN, USA

Buy The End Here – https://pepperpalace.com/products/the-end-hot-sauce

TryMe Yucatan Habanero Hot Sauce

Habanero Peppers / New Orleans, LA, USA

Buy TryMe Here – https://amzn.to/2KjHtwy

Black Rose Hot Sauce

Red Jalapenos, Cayenne, Habanero / Sevierville, TN, USA

Buy Black Rose Here – https://pepperpalace.com/collections/best-sellers/products/black-rose

Ghostly Garlic Fusion Hot Sauce

Cayenne, Habanero, Ghost Pepper / Sevierville, TN, USA

Buy Ghostly Garlic Fusion Here – https://pepperpalace.com/collections/best-sellers/products/ghostly-garlic-fusion

Da Bomb Beyond Insanity

If you watch the show Hot Ones on YouTube, you know how painful this one is.

Habanero Pepper, Chipotle, Natural Pepper Flavoring / Kansas, USA

Buy Da Bomb Here – https://amzn.to/2QkaPi8

Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauce

A friend of mine found this one while traveling in Belize. Luckily it is available on Amazon.

Habanero / Stann Creek, Belize

Buy Marie Sharp’s Here – https://amzn.to/3774wnY

Hot Ones The Last Dab XXX

Another one from the Hot Ones series and this is actually one of their own.

Chili Pepper, Pepper X, Chocolate Pepper X, Peach Pepper X / Brooklyn, NY

Buy The Last Dab XXX Here – https://amzn.to/32SiZRK

Tio Pron Chilero Hot Sauce

A friend of mine that travels the world uses this one a lot. It looks like it is pretty unique to Costa Rica but I not able to find a good source to buy it online.

Red Peppers / Costa Rica

Santa Fe Seasons Howlin’ Hot Sause

Scotch Bonnet Peppers / Santa Fe, NM, USA

Buy Howlin’ Hot Sauce Here – https://www.madeinnewmexico.com/howlin-hot-sauce

Golden Toad Orange Habanero Pepper Sauce

Orange Habanero / Castle Rock, CO

Buy Golden Toad Here – https://goldentoad.com/products/orange-habanero-pepper-sauce

Palo Alto Firefighters

Red Jalapeno Peppers / Palo Alto, CA, USA

Buy Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce Here – https://amzn.to/2Qllucj

So what do you think?

Did they get it right? Are there some we missed? Hit up the comments and let me know some other hot sauces to try in the future.

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