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 jalapeño 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
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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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