Hot Sauces by Brand

Hot Sauce Today

What's the trend? The hotter the better, but taste counts too. At hot & spicy food festivals and in cooking classes, I'm always asked: "What's the hottest sauce on the market?" A few people are seeking revenge, others like being macho, while some people just can't seem to get their food hot enough. Demand for the most incendiary sauce possible has prompted some makers to market vials of capsaicin (the chemical that gives chiles their sting), which to my mind is akin to extracting caffeine from coffee: caffeine is very powerful (and can kill you), but it misses the point -- taste. Sophisticated in their palates, most Americans are looking for heat and flavor -- not just burn -- and I suspect the most flavorful sauces will be the most enduring.

A hundred years ago, when the availability of ingredients often defined a hot sauce style, sauces were easily characterized by geography. Today regional distinctions become blurred, as people take their culinary traditions with them to new countries, and fresh exotic produce is available worldwide.

Excerpt from The Great Hot Sauce Book, by Jennifer Trainer Thompson

Many sauces reach ungodly heat ratings by extracting the oils from these peppers that contain the capsasin instead of using the entire pepper. For these types of sauces, no more than a drop or two should be used on anything and are used more as an additive than a condiment. Anything with a heat rating over 500,000 should be used with caution. Make sure you read your sauce labels, most of them will tell you the Scoville Unit rating or at least how liberal you can be with the sauce.

Heat Ratings are graded from lowest to highest:

Very Hot
Extremely Hot
Beyond Extreme

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Ass in the TubCosta Rica
Blair'sUnited States
BudweiserUnited States
Cajohn'sUnited Stated
Crazy Mother PuckersUnited States
Da BombUnited States
Dave's Gourmet FoodsUnited States
Droolin' DevilCanada
The Flaming ChickenUnited States
Hula GirlUnited States
Maui PepperUnited States
Melinda's Pepper Sauce CompanyUnited States
Ring of FireUnited States
Wing-Time Buffalo Wing SaucesUnited States