The Hot Sauce List: Reviews, Videos, Heat Level

| Last Updated: November 17, 2020 |

Dive deep into hot sauces with our ever-growing list…

Each month we review a handful of hand-picked fiery hot sauces – some well-known staples, others craft blends. Our hot sauce list pulls together all of our related hot sauce content, including scores, reviews, videos, and heat ranges. Use it to discover new flavors, collectibles, and daily-drivers for your table and kitchen.

The table provides a filterable and searchable breakdown on all of our hot sauce review scores (see below the table for more information on each score.) It’s a great way to filter by what you’re looking for (flavor, heat balance, collectibility, usability, etc.)

PRO-TIPS: Click on the hot sauce name to see our full review (including video review). OR click on the row to open up a quick info card on the sauce which includes heat level, Scoville range (if known), crafter location and more. Also use the HEAT filter to limit the sauces to your preferred spiciness level.


The Hot Sauce List

Hot SauceImageToplineFINALFlvrH-BalUsabltyCollectX-FactHeatScoville Heat RangeCrafter CityCrafter State/Country
Dat’l Hook Ya Datil Pepper Sauce Dat’l Hook Ya Datil Pepper Sauce Dat’l Hook Ya – a non-sweet datil sauce – pairs big earthy flavor with bold spices and a very eatable heat. It’s very versatile (you can use it as a ketchup replacement) and it shines with seafood in particular.4.65.04.54.54.54.5Medium10,000 - 20,000St. AugustineFloridahttps://www.pepperscale.com/datl-hook-ya-datil-pepper-sauce/
Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce Secret Aardvark giveaway Secret Aardvark is a true table sauce – very versatile and well balanced. The heat is moderate (fresh jalapeño-like) making it very eatable for most, even though habaneros are the star pepper here.4.55.04.55.03.54.5MediumNDPortlandOregonhttps://www.pepperscale.com/secret-aardvark-habanero-hot-sauce/
Gindo's Hot Sauce - Original Fresh and Spicy Gindo's Hot Sauce Original in spoon_close up Gindo’s Hot Sauce – Original Fresh and Spicy is a delicious gourmet experience. There’s lots of depth here, plus it’s very versatile for uses.4.44.54.54.54.04.5MediumNDBataviaIllinoishttps://www.pepperscale.com/gindos-hot-sauce-original-fresh-and-spicy/
Professor Phardtpounder’s Colon Cleaner Hot Sauce professor-phardtpounders-colon-cleaner-hot-sauce Professor Phardtpounder’s Colon Cleaner is a flavorful, mustard-based hot sauce with nicely balanced heat. It’s very collectible and makes a statement on the table. Mustard-based hot sauces, though, are not for everyone.4.44.54.53.55.04.5Extra-HotNDRiviera BeachFloridahttps://www.pepperscale.com/colon-cleaner-hot-sauce/
Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Hot Sauce Close Up Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce is a well-balanced Louisiana-style hot sauce, with more heat and flavor than a lot of competitors. The spiciness is still very eatable and the sauce very versatile. Those watching their sodium intake should look elsewhere a4.44.54.55.04.04.0MediumNDVille PlatteLouisianahttps://www.pepperscale.com/slap-ya-mama-cajun-pepper-sauce/
Torchbearer Garlic Reaper Sauce Torchbearer Garlic Reaper Sauce logo If you’re both a fan of garlic and an extreme eater, Torchbearer Garlic Reaper Sauce is your new go-to. It’s bold heat, but with a bold flavor to match.4.44.05.04.04.54.5Extra-Hot116,000MechanicsburgPennsylvaniahttps://www.pepperscale.com/torchbearer-garlic-reaper-sauce/
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Sriracha is arguably the most versatile hot sauce on the planet. It’s sweet, garlicky flavor works on everything from steak to ice cream. And it’s a heat that most everyone can enjoy.4.45.04.55.03.54.0Mild1,000 - 2,500IrwindaleCaliforniahttps://www.pepperscale.com/sriracha-hot-chili-sauce/
Lingham's Hot SauceLingham's Hot Sauce on spoonLingham’ is a delicious multi-use chili sauce with a mild heat. The sweetness is the star here and makes Lingham's an excellent everyday condiment (and condiment enhancer).4.34.53.54.05.04.5MildNDSemenyihMalaysiahttps://www.pepperscale.com/linghams-hot-sauce/
Tabasco Scorpion Pepper Sauce Tabasco Scorpion Pepper Sauce in Spoon_cover Take Tabasco Original and multiply the heat by 20, then add a little sweetness and a little less vinegary tang. That’s Tabasco Scorpion. It’s a fun addition to the Tabasco line, providing needed sting!4.34.04.04.05.04.5Extra-Hot50,000Avery IslandLouisianahttps://www.pepperscale.com/tabasco-scorpion-pepper-sauce/
Dr. Assburn’s Fire Roasted Habanero Pepper Sauce Dr. Assburn’s Fire Roasted Habanero Pepper Sauce on a spoon_cover If you like smoky hot sauces but want something more than chipotle pepper heat, Dr. Assburn’s is a winner. Its heat builds over time, and its well-balanced with the sweet-smoky flavor. Plus, the label design is just plain fun.4.34.04.54.05.04.0Extra-Hot25,000 - 50,000Riviera BeachFloridahttps://www.pepperscale.com/dr-assburns-fire-roasted-habanero-pepper-sauce/
Dawson’s Original Hot SauceDawson’s Original Hot Sauce On SpoonDawson’s Original Hot Sauce is a delicious sauce with a heat that lives up to the habaneros used inside, but with a delayed kick that really lets the flavor pop.4.34.54.54.04.04.5Extra-Hot82,500HamiltonCanadahttps://www.pepperscale.com/dawsons-original-hot-sauce/
Sauce Bae Skinny Habanero Hot SauceSauce Bae Skinny Habanero Hot Sauce on SpoonSauce Bae Skinny Habanero Hot Sauce is a delicious mix of pineapple and exotic spices with a very eatable heat. Vegan, all natural, gluten-free, and low-sodium.4.34.54.04.54.04.5Medium2,500HobokenNew Jerseyhttps://www.pepperscale.com/sauce-bae-skinny-habanero-hot-sauce/
Angry Goat Purple Hippo Hot SauceAngry Goat Purple Hippo Hot Sauce on SpoonPurple Hippo is a uniquely sweet and surprisingly spicy concoction. Heat seekers will enjoy the bold spiciness. And the sweetness from prickly pear works for one memorable hot sauce.4.24.54.03.54.54.5Extra-HotWhite River JunctionVermonthttps://www.pepperscale.com/angry-goat-purple-hippo-hot-sauce/
Dirty Dick's Hot SauceDirty Dick's Hot Sauce on SpoonDirty Dick’s is a very well-balanced tropical hot sauce. The banana in the sauce adds a nice twist to the eating experience. The mix of sweet and heat works very well here – neither overwhelms the other.4.24.54.03.54.54.5MediumNorwellMassachusettshttps://www.pepperscale.com/dirty-dicks-hot-sauce/
Mendez Hot Sauce Mendez Hot Sauce on spoon Mendez Hot Sauce is unique in look and flavor, but it’s more usable than you may think! The company’s altruistic mission is admirable and makes this sauce a terrific buy.4.24.04.04.04.05.0MediumNDGoiásBrazilhttps://www.pepperscale.com/mendez-hot-sauce/
Blair's Mega Death SauceBlair’s Mega Death Sauce on spoonBlair’s Mega Death Sauce is not one for the timid. It’s a big super-hot spiciness, but there’s sneaky flavor here when used with care. A few drops will do for most use cases. The packaging and design are fun and super-collectible.4.23.54.03.55.05.0Super-Hot550,000HighlandsNew Jerseyhttps://www.pepperscale.com/blairs-mega-death-sauce/
Matouk's Hot Pepper SauceMatouk’s Hot Pepper Sauce_spoon closeupMatouk's is a well-balanced scotch bonnet hot sauce with a delicious mustardy and vinegary tang. It’s surprisingly versatile.4.14.04.54.54.03.5MediumNDArimaTrinidad and Tobagohttps://www.pepperscale.com/matouks-hot-pepper-sauce-salsa-picante/
Dave's Insanity Hot Sauce A super-hot sauce, Dave's Insanity still brings a nice bit of flavor to the table. Though this is still a sauce you'll want to use in drops, if you're not an extreme eater. The label design is fun and ironic.4.14.04.04.04.04.5Super-Hot180,000San RafaelCaliforniahttps://www.pepperscale.com/daves-insanity-hot-sauce/
Trader Joe’s Green Dragon Hot SauceTrader Joes Green Dragon Hot Sauce In SpoonTrader Joe’s Green Dragon is a surprisingly complex hot sauce - a lot of flavor backed by some surprising ingredients. This is a mild sauce great for everyday use. Those looking for big heat, though, may want to look elsewhere.4.14.54.05.02.54.5MediumNDMonroviaCaliforniahttps://www.pepperscale.com/trader-joes-green-dragon-hot-sauce/
Truff Hot Sauce Truff Hot Sauce on spoon Truff Hot Sauce is a well-balanced, medium heat hot sauce featuring a delicious truffle flavor. It’s sweet and earthy, but not overwhelming on the truffle side. Beautiful packaging and a lot of use cases. Those who don't like sweeter hot sauces may want t4.14.04.04.04.54.0MediumNDHuntington BeachCaliforniahttps://www.pepperscale.com/truff-hot-sauce/
Fire Fruits Hot Sauce Fire Fruits Hot Sauce - Fiery Orange in spoon Fire Fruits Hot Sauce – Fiery Orange is well-balanced, flavorful, and fresh-tasting. There are some big-heat peppers in the ingredient list, but the spiciness pairs well with the depth of the flavor.4.04.04.03.54.04.5MediumNDOrlandoFloridahttps://www.pepperscale.com/fire-fruits-hot-sauce-fiery-orange/
Huichol Hot Sauce Huichol hot sauce_in spoon Huichol Hot Sauce is a deliciously earthy, flavor-forward sauce with a mild to low-medium heat. Very versatile.4.04.04.54.53.53.5MediumNDNayaritMexicohttps://www.pepperscale.com/huichol-hot-sauce/
Fairhope Favorite’s Original Moonshine Hot SauceFairhope Favorite’s Original Moonshine Hot SauceFairhope Favorite’s Moonshine Hot Sauce is a good everyday hot sauce if you want the sauce to get out of the way of the food's natural flavor. Cool label, pour-friendly spout (careful!). The plastic bottle takes some away from collectibility.4.04.03.54.54.04.0MediumNDFairhopeAlabamahttps://www.pepperscale.com/fairhope-favorites-original-moonshine-hot-sauce/
Tabasco Original Red SauceTabasco Original Red Sauce on spoon_CoverThere’s no surprise why Tabasco Original Red Sauce is a staple condiment. It’s as versatile as a hot sauce comes, with a delicious vinegar tang and very eatable heat. Hot sauce newbies and aficionados alike can enjoy it.4.04.54.05.02.54.0Medium3,750Avery IslandLouisianahttps://www.pepperscale.com/tabasco-original-red-sauce/
Trader Joe's Habanero Pepper SauceTrader Joe’s Habanero Hot Sauce on SpoonHabaneros really star in Trader Joe’s Habanero Hot Sauce. It’s a classic mix that makes an excellent table sauce.3.94.54.54.02.54.0MediumMonroviaCaliforniahttps://www.pepperscale.com/trader-joes-habanero-hot-sauce/
Satan's Blood Hot Sauce Satan's Blood Hot Sauce Label Satan’s Blood is one extreme hot sauce with a ton of collectibility due to its one of a kind vial. The overwhelming heat is the experience, so use sparingly. Those looking for a balance of flavor and spiciness should look elsewhere.3.93.54.02.55.04.5Super-Hot800,000Riviera BeachFloridahttps://www.pepperscale.com/satans-blood-hot-sauce/
Dave's Cool Cayenne Hot Sauce Daves Cool Cayenne Hot Sauce on Spoon Dave’s Cool Cayenne is a surprising offering in a Dave’s line well-known for big heat. It’s warmth grows to a very eatable simmer with a tasty peppery flavor and vinegary tang. This is a daily-driver hot sauce that can be used on near everythi3.94.04.04.53.53.5Medium5,000San RafaelCaliforniahttps://www.pepperscale.com/daves-cool-cayenne-hot-sauce/
Da Bomb Beyond Insanity Hot Sauce Da Bomb Beyond Insanity Hot Sauce_on spoon Very collectible packaging meets big heat that tends to linger. Careful - too much will overtake your meal. Smoky and sweet - but use a drop or two at a time!3.83.53.53.04.54.5Super-Hot135,600Kansas CityKansashttps://www.pepperscale.com/da-bomb-beyond-insanity-hot-sauce/
Queen Majesty Scotch Bonnet & Ginger Hot Sauce Queen Majesty Scotch Bonnet & Ginger Hot Sauce on spoon This ginger-forward sauce doesn't pack big heat as you'd expect with scotch bonnet on the label, but the fruity sweetness of the pepper pairs well with ginger. Unique exotic flavor and label. Use cases can be limited, but when it works it works very well.3.84.03.53.54.04.0MediumNDQueensNew Yorkhttps://www.pepperscale.com/queen-majesty-scotch-bonnet-ginger-hot-sauce/
Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha Hot Sauce Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha Hot Sauce_in spoon This gochujang sriracha is a little weak in the heat department, but just as versatile as the popular Sriracha. It’s a decent daily driver hot sauce - solid, but doesn’t excel outside its usability.3.84.03.54.53.04.0MediumNDWashingtonDChttps://www.pepperscale.com/weak-knees-gochujang-sriracha-hot-sauce/
Mike's Hot HoneyMikes Hot Honey_In SpoonMike's Hot Honey is an excellent alternative to everyday honey. It's deliciously sweet and very mild in spiciness. Its overall mildness though may be too little for spicy food fans.3.84.03.55.03.03.5MildNDBrooklynNew Yorkhttps://www.pepperscale.com/mikes-hot-honey/
Heartbeat Hot Sauce - Blueberry Habanero Heartbeat Blueberry Habanero Sauce in spoon A surprisingly light blueberry taste and mild heat (for a marketed habanero-based sauce), but very tasty nonetheless. It’s also more usable than you may think for a sauce that’s berry-based.3.74.03.54.03.04.0MediumNDThunder BayCanadahttps://www.pepperscale.com/heartbeat-hot-sauce-blueberry-habanero/
Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce on Spoon If you want an extreme heat statement from your hot sauce, Mad Dog 357 delivers that in spades. This is big-time heat, but with that comes tradeoffs in flavor and usability. The branding is fun and fits the experience. Very collectible.3.43.03.02.05.04.0Super-Hot357,000SudburyMassachusettshttps://www.pepperscale.com/mad-dog-357-hot-sauce/
Kumana Avocado Sauce Be Mango Kumana Avocado Sauce Be Mango on spoon If you’re looking for a healthier sauce alternative to hot sauce, Kumana Avocado Sauce - Be Mango is a reasonable choice. It’s very usable, with a good (not great) overall flavor. Jalapeño may be in the ingredients list, but you won’t taste it here.3.23.02.54.02.54.0MildNDSanta MonicaCaliforniahttps://www.pepperscale.com/kumana-avocado-sauce-be-mango/
Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce Label Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce is mild and filled with flavor – tangy and bright. It’s a definite win for those who prefer green sauces over red and a must with Mexican food.4.14.5452.54.5Mild600 - 1200Avery IslandLouisiana
Inner Beauty Hot SauceInner Beauty Hot Sauce LabelInner Beauty Hot Sauce – a Caribbean-style sauce – focuses on spice and flavor first. It’s a mustard-based sauce, so its usability is slightly limited. But its style and flavor add to its cool factor in a collection.44.5434.54MediumN/DBangorMaine
Devilfish Kitchen Pirate Panic Hot Sauce Devilfish Kitchen Pirate Panic Hot Sauce Devilish Kitchen’s Pirate Panic Hot Sauce pairs big citrus flavor with a star-studded list of extra/super-hot peppers. The end result is more balanced than you may think and very flavorful!4.24.54.53.544.5Extra-HotN/DGorhamMaine
Gringo Bandito Original Hot Sauce Gringo Bandito Original Hot Sauce_Close-up Gringo Bandito Original Hot Sauce doesn’t pack a big punch in the heat department, but with flavor like this it doesn’t have to. This is a delicious Mexican-style hot sauce that works well-beyond traditional Tex-Mex.4.14.53.54.544Mild820Huntington BeachCalifornia
Try Me Original Tiger Sauce Try Me Tiger Sauce If you love sweet and tangy sauces like General Tso’s sauce, then Tiger Sauce is a slam dunk. We expected something spicier (and the balance could be better there), but this a sauce that everyone can enjoy. 44.534.544MildN/DNew OrleansLouisiana
Burn After Eating Hot Sauce Burn After Eating Hot Sauce Label Be ready to buckle up for a strong burn. Burn After Eating Hot Sauce pairs a murderer’s row of super-hot peppers with bold spices. It’s surprisingly tasty, but with 669,000 Scoville heat units, it’s not for the timid. The little amount that most users will use won’t showcase how delicious the sauce is.4443.54.54Super-Hot669,000RochesterNew York
Tabasco Habanero Sauce Tabasco Habanero Hot Sauce Tabasco Habanero Sauce packs a bigger punch that the Original Red, with a delicious tropical fiery-sweet flavor. If you’re looking for a Jamaican-style sauce as a daily-driver, you can’t go wrong here.3.8444.533.5Medium7,000Avery IslandLouisiana

A breakdown of our scores:

Scores are based on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).

  • Overall Flavor: How tasty is this hot sauce? How much flavor depth is there?
  • Heat Balance: Does the overall heat balance with the flavor? This is not a score on how spicy a hot sauce is – rather do the flavor and heat mesh well. Look to the heat range column to consider pure spiciness.
  • Usability: How usable is the hot sauce? Is it something that can be used every day or is the flavor something more specialized?
  • Collectibility: How collectible is the packaging? Is it memorable? Fun? Unique? Gift-worthy?
  • X-Factor: This is our subjective “does it have it” score. Think of it like our reviewer’s gut score.

The final score is calculated by averaging the above scores. We automatically filter by it, or if you prefer to filter specifically on flavor, heat balance, or any of the other columns just click on the column head. That’s very helpful if you’re purely interested in flavor or heat balance, but less concerned on collectibility. Filter by usability if you’re looking for your next daily driver to always have at the table. Or collectibility if you’re looking for a fun hot sauce gift. The choice is yours.

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