The Hot Sauce List: Reviews, Videos, Heat Level

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

Each month we review a handful of hand-picked fiery hot sauces – some mainstream staples, others craft blends. Our hot sauce list pulls together all of our hot sauce scores and review toplines in one easy-to-search location. Use it to discover new flavors, collectibles, and daily-drivers to spice up your meals.

Click on the hot sauce name to see our full review (including our Sizzle Reel video review of the hot sauce). 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 SauceImageToplineFINAL SCOREFlavorBalanceUsabilityCollectibilityX-FactorHeatScoville Heat RangeCrafter CityCrafter State/Country
Dat’l Hook Ya Datil Pepper SauceDat’l Hook Ya Datil Pepper SauceDat’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 SauceSecret Aardvark giveawaySecret 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 SpicyGindo's Hot Sauce Original in spoon_close upGindo’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 Sauceprofessor-phardtpounders-colon-cleaner-hot-sauceProfessor 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 SauceSlap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Hot Sauce Close UpSlap 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 SauceTorchbearer Garlic Reaper Sauce logoIf 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 SauceSriracha Hot Chili SauceSriracha 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 SauceTabasco Scorpion Pepper Sauce in Spoon_coverTake 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 SauceDr. Assburn’s Fire Roasted Habanero Pepper Sauce on a spoon_coverIf 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_1Purple 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 SauceMendez Hot Sauce on spoonMendez 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 SauceA 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 SauceTruff Hot Sauce on spoonTruff 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 - Fiery OrangeFire Fruits Hot Sauce - Fiery Orange in spoonFire 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 SauceHuichol hot sauce_in spoonHuichol 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 SauceSatan's Blood Hot Sauce LabelSatan’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 SauceDaves Cool Cayenne Hot Sauce on SpoonDave’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 SauceDa Bomb Beyond Insanity Hot Sauce_on spoonVery 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 SauceQueen Majesty Scotch Bonnet & Ginger Hot Sauce on spoonThis 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 SauceWeak Knees Gochujang Sriracha Hot Sauce_in spoonThis 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 HabaneroHeartbeat Blueberry Habanero Sauce in spoonA 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 SauceMad Dog 357 Hot Sauce on SpoonIf 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 MangoKumana Avocado Sauce Be Mango on spoonIf 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 SauceTabasco Green Pepper Sauce LabelTabasco 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.4.14.54.05.02.54.5Mild600 - 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.4.04.54.03.04.54.0MediumN/DBangorMaine
Devilfish Kitchen Pirate Panic Hot SauceDevilfish Kitchen Pirate Panic Hot SauceDevilish 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!4.24.54.53.54.04.5Extra-HotN/DGorhamMaine
Gringo Bandito Original Hot SauceGringo Bandito Original Hot Sauce_Close-upGringo 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.4.14.53.54.54.04.0Mild820Huntington BeachCalifornia
Try Me Original Tiger SauceTry Me Tiger SauceIf 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. 4.04.53.04.54.04.0MildN/DNew OrleansLouisiana
Burn After Eating Hot SauceBurn After Eating Hot Sauce LabelBe 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.4.04.04.03.54.54.0Super-Hot669,000RochesterNew York
Tabasco Habanero SauceTabasco Habanero Hot SauceTabasco 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.3.84.04.04.53.03.5Medium7,000Avery IslandLouisiana
Angry Goat Hippy Dippy SauceAngry Goat Hippy Dippy Hot SauceAngry Goat Hippy Dippy Hot Sauce is a delicious twist on verde sauce. Kiwi, agave, and avocado provide a fruity and earthy twist to the tomatillo tang. It also packs a very eatable heat, making it an easy hot sauce to grab for everyday use.4.14.04.04.04.54.0Medium2,300White River JunctionVermont
Pirate’s Lantern Pepper SauceDevilfish Kitchen Pirate Panic Hot Sauce on spoonPirate’s Lantern Pepper Sauce is a tasty mustard-based, Bajan-style sauce with the unique addition of rum to the flavor list. It’s tangy, well-spiced, and a bit sweet. It’s mild — but perhaps to a fault. It feels like the heat could just be a little more to balance out the flavor.3.83.53.54.04.04.0MediumN/DBrooklynNew York
Tapatio Hot SauceTapatio-Hot-Sauce-on-a-spoonTapatio is the kind of hot sauce that you want to put on everything and take just about everywhere. While it relies on simple, typical hot sauce ingredients, it doesn’t overpower you with heat and provides plenty of fresh peppery flavor.4.34.54.05.04.04.0Medium3,000VernonCalifornia
Ring of Fire Habanero Hot SauceRing of Fire Habanero Hot SauceRing of Fire Habanero Hot Sauce provides a ton of fresh flavor with an eatable fiery zing. That taste/heat combo makes this a total usability winner. You’ll find yourself reaching for this sauce often.4.55.04.05.04.04.5MediumN/DEl CajonCalifornia
Grinders Death NectarGrinders Death Nectar on a spoonGrinders Death Nectar is a quality hot sauce for the true extreme eaters out there. It’s big time heat at 337,000 Scoville heat units. Flavor-wise, there’s a hint of citrus behind the heat, but truly the spiciness is the star. Use with caution.3.93.04.03.05.04.5Super-Hot337,000Kansas CityMissouri
Gator Hammock Gator SauceGator Hammock Gator Sauce on a spoonGator Hammock Gator Sauce is a delicious, amped up Louisiana-style hot sauce. It’s incredibly versatile in the kitchen, and it has a fun hand-drawn label style that pops in any collection.4.54.54.05.04.54.5MediumEstimated 2,500 to 10,000FeldaFlorida
The Bronx Greenmarket Hot SauceThe-Bronx-Greenmarket-Hot-Sauce-on-a-spoonThe Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce is a delicious mix of earthy, sweet, and tangy with a low-medium heat. It’s a sauce by Small Axe Peppers that supports (via their sauces) urban gardeners throughout the USA — so great purpose here! 4.04.03.54.04.04.5Medium5,500New York CityNew York
Yellowbird Habanero Hot SauceYellowbird Habanero Hot Sauce on a spoonYellowbird Habanero Hot Sauce uses carrots to great effect in its blend — providing an earthy sweetness with a touch of citrus tang. The heat range listed of this sauce is broad, so your heat balance may vary from bottle to bottle.3.94.04.04.03.54.0Extra-Hot15,580 to 54,535AustinTexas
Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper SaucePalo Alto Firefighters Pepper SaucePalo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce delivers delicious, fresh flavor — sweet and peppery — with a mild to medium heat and no sodium at all. 100% of its profits go to charity, so it’s a hot sauce purchase with meaning beyond the plate!4.44.54.04.55.04.0Mild100 to 1,000Palo AltoCalifornia
The Pepper Plant Hot SauceThe Pepper Plant Hot Sauce on a spoonThe Pepper Plant Hot Sauce (Original California Style) packs a delicious salty, smoky punch. It’s the sort of hot sauce that acts more like an entire seasoning blend, bringing life to even the blandest dish. But take care not to overdo it with additional salt and spices! Not needed in this case.4.04.04.54.54.04.0MildNDGilroyCalifornia
Texas Pete Original Hot SauceTexas-Petes-Original-Hot-Sauce-on-a-spoonTexas Pete Original Hot Sauce has everything you’re looking for in a classic, vinegar-forward Louisiana-style red hot sauce. It’s to the point, delicious, and unpretentious. The balance between the aged peppers and the vinegar is spot on. 4.24.54.54.53.54.0Mild340 - 740Winston - SalemNorth Carolina
African Dream Foods Ghost Peri-Peri SauceAfrican Dream Foods Ghost Peri-Peri Sauce on a spoonAfrican Dream Foods Ghost Peri-Peri Sauce is a deliciously well-balanced sweet and tangy hot sauce with a bold, but eatable medium-heat. Plus, the brand’s sustainable business supports both local South African farmers and wildlife conservation.4.74.54.54.55.05.0MediumNDVancouverWashington
Secret Aardvark Serrabanero Hot SauceSecret Aardvark Serrabanero Green Hot Sauce on a spoonSecret Aardvark Serrabanero Hot Sauce pairs two popular chili peppers — serranos and habaneros into a smooth, tasty green-tomato based sauce. Though, the spiciness may be too mild for some looking for bigger heat.3.94.03.04.54.04.0MediumNDPortlandOregon
Howler Monkey Original Hot SauceHowler Monkey Hot Sauce - OriginalHowler Monkey Original Hot Sauce is a Panamanian-style sauce that pairs delicious tang with mustard and fresh spices. If you wish your Louisiana-style hot sauce had a bit more flavor, this is a hot sauce you’ll want to try!4.24.54.04.04.54.0MediumNDJacksonville BeachFlorida
Goya Hot SauceGoya Hot Sauce Salsa Picante on a spoonGoya Hot Sauce is a mainstay in supermarkets on the US West and East Coasts. This Louisiana-style hot sauce features both the expected vinegar tang and a healthy dose of saltiness. It’s tasty with a mild spiciness anyone can enjoy, but we can’t help wanting just a bit more heat. Those watching their sodium intake may want to look elsewhere. 3.94.53.54.53.53.5MildNDPedricktownNew Jersey
Aka Miso Ghost-Reaper Hot SauceAka Miso Ghost-Reaper Hot Sauce on a spoonFew hot sauces nail the flavor and heat combo as well as Aka Miso Ghost-Reaper. As Bravado Spice Company rightly claims, it’s an “umami bomb” — full of bold flavors and a heat that stacks up well against it. 4.85.04.04.05.05.0Super-Hot116,000 (estimated)HoustonTexas
Melinda’s Green SauceMelinda’s Green Sauce on a spoonIf you love herbaceous, vegetal “green” flavors and plenty of tang in your hot sauce, you’ll enjoy Melinda’s Green Sauce. It packs at most a low-medium heat, making it plenty eatable, too, for most. It can be used more like a spicy table sauce than a dash-at-a-time hot sauce.4.14.04.04.54.04.0MediumNDIrvingTexas
Hell Fire Detroit Habanero Hot SauceHell-Fire-Detroit-Habanero-Sauce-on-SpoonHell Fire Detroit Habanero Hot Sauce rocks the natural flavor of fire-roasted habaneros in all the right ways. This is a bold sauce: high heat and a delicious natural earthy sweetness.4.24.54.54.03.54.5Super-Hot100,000 - 300,000Royal OakMichigan
Purple Haze Hot SaucePurple Haze Hot Sauce On a spoonPurple Haze gives you a sweet ride with its mix of pineapple, apple cider vinegar, red cabbage, habanero peppers, and more. It’s a unique flavor that pairs with a surprising color. This one’s totally fun to talk about (and taste) at the table.4.44.54.04.05.04.5MediumN/DWoodstockNew York
Hot Ones “The Classic” Hot SauceThe-Classic-Hot-Sauce-—-Hot-Ones-on-a-spoonHot Ones The Classic Hot Sauce delivers on flavor (tangy, nutty, earthy, and a touch smoky) with a very eatable heat. It’s extremely versatile and totally fun to eat! 100% a classic and a must-have for any hot sauce collection.4.85.04.55.05.04.5Medium1,800Fort MillSouth Carolina
Pain 100% Hot SaucePain 100% Hot Sauce on a spoonPain 100% Hot Sauce is a surprisingly well-balanced hot sauce for all the claims of total torture on the label. It’s an extra-hot heat, mixed with a tangy, smoky flavor. Expect some sweat and tears, but there’s still good flavor here.4.04.04.03.05.04.0Extra-Hot40,600Kansas CityKansas
Kentuxican Bourbon Hot SauceKentuxican Bourbon Hot Sauce on a spoonKentuxican Bourbon Hot Sauce is a unique blending of Mexican and Bluegrass flavors. It’s earthy sweet, smoky, and fiery in all the right ways, well-balanced and delicious. If you love bourbon BBQ sauces or chipotle hot sauces, this sauce is a must to try.4.34.54.04.54.04.5MediumN/DLouisvilleKentucky
Zatarain’s Cajun Hot SauceZatarain's Cajun Hot Sauce on a spoonZatarain’s Cajun Hot Sauce leans into a delicious mix of aged red peppers, vinegar, garlic, and salt. Lots of salt. It’s as versatile as you’d expect from Cajun/Lousiana-style hot sauces, but those watching your sodium intake, take care in the amount you use.4.24.54.05.03.54.0MediumN/DNew OrleansLouisiana
Trappey’s Louisiana Hot SauceTrappey’s Louisiana Hot SauceTrappey’s Louisiana Hot Sauce is like an amped up Cajun sauce, big on vinegary flavor and salt, but light on heat. That lower heat, though, makes it very usable. 3.94.03.55.03.53.5MildN/DNew OrleansLouisiana

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.


UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 4, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on June 27, 2020.

2 thoughts on “The Hot Sauce List: Reviews, Videos, Heat Level”

  1. Conimex Sambal Oelek ,is a great pepper paste,although they seem to have changed peppers of late. Pepper,salt and limited acetic acid.

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