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11 Best Hot Sauces of 2022

As a purveyor of fine hot sauces, our Sauce Experts often get questions from overwhelmed chili-heads who are looking for the best hot sauce. Understandably so. With so many delicious flavor profiles, unique spice combinations, and heat levels ranging from totally mild to melt-your-face-off spicy, navigating the world of hot sauces can be intimidating, to say the least. That’s why we’ve put together this list of our very best hot sauces of 2022. Whether you like ‘em mild-mannered or too-hot-to-handle, these crowd-pleasers are sure to win your heart and your tastebuds.

 

Best Overall: Black Rose Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Hot

What Customers Say: “A superior hot sauce that has the perfect balance of spiciness and flavor that can go on almost anything you cook.”

Why We Love It: When you need a tried-and-true pantry staple to complement just about any dish, grab our Black Rose Hot Sauce. As one of our oldest and most popular hot sauces, this classic features hot heat and an award-winning combination of red jalapenos, cayenne peppers, and habaneros, along with a healthy dose of garlic. If you can only have one hot sauce for the rest of your life, make it this one—we promise you won’t regret it. Or, grab the perfect gift set with our Best Sellers Gift Pack for the more mild-palatted person on your gift list.

Best Sweet and Spicy: Pineapple Serrano Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Medium

What Customers Say: “Perfect blend of sweet and hot! The pineapple comes through so smoothly, but it's amped up perfectly by the serrano pepper! I'll definitely buy again!”

Why We Love It: This flavor mash-up combines sugar, spice, and everything nice into a devilish hot sauce that will tantalize your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. With flavor-packed serrano peppers and sweet, citrusy pineapple, it offers the perfect blend of flavors for everything from Caribbean-inspired fish dishes to fresh salsa or even a fruit smoothie.

Best Medium: Garlic Fusion Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Medium

What Customers Say: “This sits alongside our salt and pepper at the table. A delicious sauce that goes well with everything.”

Why We Love It: With a little heat and a lot of flavor, this medium hot sauce is a customer favorite. After just a small taste, even the most heat-averse skeptics become devoted fans. That’s because this one features a friendly blend of cayenne and habanero peppers to give it just enough heat to warm you up and qualify as hot sauce but not so much that it’ll have you begging for mercy (if that’s more your cup of tea, check out our assortment of extreme hot sauces). And with a hint of garlic flavor, it enhances any savory dish you can dream up.

Best Super-Hot: The End: Flatline Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Extreme

What Customers Say: “We tried this straight at my work and school. Made 2 people vomit from spice, made people cry, made someone kick a wall, and made people chug drinks. Honestly it's amazing and I love it.”

Why We Love It: With a combination of four of the hottest hot peppers around in addition to a hefty dose of pepper extract, this is our hottest hot sauce to date. Not for the faint of heart, this hardcore chili-head favorite doesn’t just deliver a mind-blowingly hot experience, but it also provides an enjoyable flavor experience (once you regain your sense of taste, that is). Try it in your chili or challenge your friends to try a drop straight-up; either way, we guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself.

Best Louisiana: Voodoo Reaper Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Extra Hot

What Customers Say: “Slow heat and a long aftertaste. It has a very vinegary aroma that catches the first taste, little bit of garlic, and the heat sort of rises up slowly and lingers long after. It's a perfect combo and must-have for any Cajun flavor fanatics.”

Why We Love It: This Louisiana-style hot sauce features Cajun-inspired herbs and spices along with reaper peppers to deliver a truly bewitching experience. Try it on your gumbo and crawfish or branch out and add a dash to pizza, wings, and more. With a perfect balance of flavor and fire, you’ll keep coming back for more.

Best Smoky: Doc Habanero Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Hot

What Customers Say: “This one is without a doubt the best. It has a smoky flavor with a small kick of heat. The flavor is nothing like I have ever had before. I give a little to my friends and family when they visit and I have yet to have anyone say it was less than amazing. I put this on everything.”

Why We Love It: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. If you like your hot sauce heat accompanied by a robust smokiness that will enhance the flavor of everything from grilled wings to tacos or roast veggies, this one’s for you. With a blend of seasonings and hickory flavoring, it delivers a unique flavor to doctor up whatever you’re dishing out.

Best for Tacos and Mexican Food: Tr3s Diablos Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Extra Hot

What Customers Say: “For those who love the heat, I highly recommend it. I use it all the time on Chipotle bowls or tacos.”

Why We Love It: With the perfect combination of habanero, ghost, and scorpion peppers, this sauce packs a powerful punch. But, with a delicious dose of tomato, garlic, and other spices, it’s the perfect compadre for any Mexican-inspired dish, from tacos and burritos to nachos and chilaquiles. Try it alongside three of our other hot sauces that vary in heat and flavor, featured in our From Wild to Mild Variety Pack.

Best for Wings: Ghost in the Darkness Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Extra Hot

What Customers Say: “Intensely hot, sweet, and smokey. Love this sauce on barbecue, burgers, wings, fried chicken, grilled fish - it just works. This is a delicious, well-balanced, all-purpose sauce.”

Why We Love It: We believe wings deserve only the best, so we recommend this sauce for whatever wings you’re grilling, frying, or baking. With a tantalizingly sweet and smoky flavor backed by the tongue-torturing heat of ghost, cayenne, and peri peri peppers, this one is perfect for just about anything you eat. Start with your favorite wing recipe, then get crazy!

Best for Pizza: Ghostly Garlic Fusion Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Hot

What Customers Say: “I love this sauce, It’s pretty mild for a habanero base, but it’s delicious. Love adding it to pizza and pasta dishes. Mixing with tomato sauce is great too, turn any boring tomato sauce into a slightly hot garlic version.”

Why We Love It: One of our best-sellers, this hot sauce provides a perfectly balanced flavor profile of spicy cayenne and habanero peppers with brown sugar, assorted spices, and a hearty dose of garlic. Because, let’s be honest, what dish doesn’t taste better with a little extra garlic?

Best for Bloody Marys: This Is The Sauce Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Medium

What Customers Say: I absolutely love this sauce and have been using it on nearly everything. We are making taco's tonight and I’m more looking forward to using the sauce than the tacos itself. It’s a perfect blend of all the spices I’m so glad I live near a Pepper Palace in Birmingham and cannot wait to go back.”

 

Why We Love It: This cayenne based sauce hits all the right taste buds, making it the perfect all purpose hot sauce. Make deviled eggs, add to a bloody mary, mix in with hamburger meat – you name it! We know once you try it you will agree that This Is The Sauce. Skip the DIY and grab a bottle of our Most Excellent Bloody Mary Mix for all the same delicious flavor with way less work. 

Best for Gifting: Mr. Pain Hot Sauce

Heat Level: Extreme

What Customers Say: “My wife brought this back as a gift following a trip to TN. Dang it's hot. It has been a blast watching my friends pretend they're hardcore then weeping over a gallon of milk. My first time my mouth was numb the next day.”

Why We Love It: Know a true chili-head? Treat them to the ultimate gift with this extreme hot sauce. Not for the faint of heart, this sauce features pure pepper extract for a flavor experience that will have you laughing, crying, and coming back for more.

 

How to Choose Your Hot Sauces

There are a few main factors that go into giving any hot sauce recipe its signature deliciousness. By understanding the primary flavor components, you can make an informed decision and feel like a true hot sauce aficionado, never to choose the wrong hot sauce again.

Heat Level

Every hot sauce delivers some amount of heat, but some have significantly more than others. Know your limits and choose your hot sauce accordingly. From mild and medium hot sauces that provide a barely noticeable hint of warmth to flaming-hot hot sauces that will have you begging for a cold glass of milk, there are plenty of options out there. Always review the label or website description before dousing any sauce on your food to avoid the tragic situation of ruining a perfectly tasty meal with something your taste buds just can’t muster.

Flavor

While newbies might think all hot sauces just taste like “hot,” they couldn’t be more wrong. Experienced chili-heads understand that every hot sauce has a complex flavor profile as a result of the various peppers and additional ingredients it contains. From goes-with-everything garlic to  tangy vinegar, sweet fruits, refreshing citrus, and beyond, each hot sauce has a complex flavor that can make or break a dish. Get to know your sauce, read the ingredient list, and try a dash on its own to decide how to best utilize the various layers of deliciousness.

 

Ingredient Quality

You deserve the best, so take some time to think about how a hot sauce is made and what kind of ingredients it contains before you dive in mouth-first. Some hot sauces are all-natural, while others contain all kinds of artificial flavors and additives. We believe that fresh always tastes better, so we recommend choosing the most natural hot sauce you can find. Also, keep in mind that some recipes contain ingredients like sugar, sodium, oils, or even animal by-products, so if you have a specialized diet take a careful look at the ingredient list and nutrition information before taking that first bite.

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