The world of hot sauce can seem quite overwhelming at times, both in taste and variety. Over the past two years I’ve developed a little bit of an obsession towards the stuff. After countless trips to the grocery store I’ve compiled a list of the five hot sauces you have to try this year.
Frankie V’s Spooky White Hot Sauce
Heat Level 1-10: 7.5
Price: $6.99 per 6.7 oz flask.
Wow! I fell in love with this hot sauce the first time I tried it and have since become a repeat customer. Frankie V’s Kitchen is a small company based out of Dallas, Texas that specializes in hot sauces and salsa. Spooky White is the hottest and most popular hot sauce from Frankie’s and it’s made from a combination of white and orange habaneros, mustard, ginger, garlic, onions and infused habanero vinegar. While the habereno pepper is a fairly hot pepper that some may not be able to handle, this sauce packs such an amazing taste that after one sample you may have a hard time keeping yourself from putting it on everything!
Best Use: Soup.
2. Tabasco Habenero Sauce
Heat Level 1-10: 8
Price: $4.85 per 5 oz. bottle
Tabasco has become such a household name these days that it’s hard to avoid it. There’s a good chance that you’ve encountered Tabasco’s Original Red hot sauce while dining at various Mexican food restaurants, and maybe it’s starting to get a little bland for you. Luckily, Tabasco really ramps up the heat and flavor with their recently introduced Habanero Sauce. The sauce blends the fruity flavors of mango, papaya, tamarind and banana with ginger and black pepper. Yum!
Best Uses: Eggs and Burritos.
3. The Pepper Plant Original California Style Hot Pepper Sauce
Heat Level 1-10: 4
Price: $4.99 per 10 oz. bottle
This will be the most mild tasting hot sauce on the list. Maybe I’ve developed a bit of a tolerance over the years and prefer the hotter ones. This is a good every day hot sauce that I could imagine putting on just about anything with ease. The Pepper Plant doesn’t provide much of a description on their website. Personally I get the slightest hint on A-1 sauce that I haven’t tasted in any other sauce on the market. Try it out!
Best Use: Just about anything!
4. Skyline Chili Hot Sauce
Heat Level 1-10: 7
Price:$9.89 per 6 oz. bottle
Skyline Chili is a restaurant chain based out of Cincinnati, Ohio that is famous for dishes like the Cheese Coney and 3-Way. If you have ever visited the city you may have witnessed the local phenomenon based around their chili. This one really puts a pep in your step with it’s predominately vinegar-heavy taste. Most Cincinnati locals love the taste so much, they will put it on saltine crackers to snack on while they wait for their meal.
Best Use: Chili
5. Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
Heat Level 1-10: 10
Price: $9.99 per 5 oz. bottle
This one is for the veterans, the dare-devils, and maybe just the flat out crazy ones. Mad Dog 357 packs such a punch with it’s self proclaimed, ‘scary hot’ sauce that I see it taunting me every time I open the fridge. If you are unfamiliar with the Bhut Jolokia, most often referred to as the ‘Ghost Pepper’ maybe it’s time to get acquainted. In 2007 Guinness World Records certified that the ghost pepper was the world’s hottest chili pepper. It has since been surpassed by peppers such as the Naga Viper and Carolina Reaper pepper. That doesn’t mean this stuff got any weaker. I dare you to try it!
Best Use: In moderation…