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Top 10 favorite hot sauce listsFive years ago, I asked a huge group of chileheads – everyone from chile growers to bloggers to product makers to industry folks – to compile a list of their top 10 Favorite Hot Sauces. My original blog post highlighted many of the top tens I received. The post was a huge traffic monster, and spurred lots and lots of discussion in the comments.

Since 2011, I’ve changed blogging software that was running on my site from my own custom PHP scripting to WordPress, and sadly I wasn’t able to transfer the comments over. Because of this, I’ve always wanted to do a follow-up post and get more comments and discussion going. I’ve also wanted to hear from a few other new voices and get their choices for their favorite sauces of all time.

What qualified to be on these lists?

First, the products in these lists must be among our top ten liquid “flavor enhancers” of most any classification, purpose or usage; they can be a hot sauce, BBQ sauce, salsa, condiment, marinade, cooking sauce, wing sauce and more. It is simply what the person considers to be the creme de la creme of spicy-type sauces. A qualifying sauce needs to have been commercially available at one point, but it does not matter if it’s still in production or currently discontinued or defunct.

I’m looking for a nice, round number by having everyone pick out 10, but if were impossible to whittle their list down and someone wanted to give their top 12 or top 15 or top 22, I would allow that.

I’m not looking for anything that is not a liquid or sauce, so therefore there are no dry rubs, seasoning blends, chili mixes, dip mixes, snacks, chocolates, candies, or any other oddity or specialty food.

To further clarify, I’ve requested that everyone’s favorite products be “as is”, straight out of the bottle or jar. What I was NOT looking for were combinations of different products or different ingredients, or things that were semi-homemade, wholly homemade or modified. We foodies sometimes dabble with items in the kitchen such as, just for example, taking three parts cayenne pepper sauce, mixing it two parts BBQ sauce, and then adding a pinch or two of ghost pepper powder to make a terrific rib glaze. By eradicating these recipes it helps readers of this post better obtain the saucy suggestions instead of trying to play mad scientist in an attempt to duplicate what someone had liked.

Lastly, to make it a bit easier on everyone, I’ve given the stipulation that the sauces on any of these lists need NOT be in any particular order.

So, consider them all “tied” for first place!

Alright! Now, let’s get to the lists!

What Are Your Top 10 Favorite Hot Sauces of All Time – 2016 Edition!

Troy Primeaux

troy-primo-primeaux-7-potCreator of one of the one’s hottest peppers, the 7 Pot Primo, horticulturist Troy “Primo” Primeaux owns Primo’s Peppers.

  • CaJohns Hydra 7 Pot Primo Hot Sauce
  • El Yucateco XXXtra Hot Kutbil-ik Mayan Stye Habanero Hot Sauce
  • The Farmer’s Daughter Hot Pepper Jelly Fig & Habanero Sauce
  • Heartbreaking Dawns Classic Gold Habanero
  • Heartbreaking Dawns The Green
  • Heartbreaking Dawns Reapercussion
  • Jersey Barnfire Black Garlic Hot Sauce
  • Jersey Barnfire Ghost Taco Sauce
  • Lingham’s Hot Sauce Extra Hot
  • Marie Sharp’s Fiery Habanero Pepper Sauce
  • Mikey V’s Texas Ex’s
  • Pickapeppa Sauce
  • Primo’s Peppers Swampadelic Sauce
  • Salsa Maya Habanero Aioli
  • Tabasco Family Reserve
  • Try Me Tiger Sauce
  • Uncle Nathan’s FML (Flaming Maple Leaf)

Scott Zalkind

Scott Zalkind Lucky Dog Hot SauceScott is the mad genius behind Lucky Dog Hot Sauce, an award-winning California company that creates insanely fresh pepper sauces.

  • CaJohns Caracara Hot Sauce
  • Race City Sauce Works Carolina Cayenne
  • Race City Sauce Works Deadwood Taco Sauce
  • High River Sauces Tears of the Sun
  • Bigfat’s Sea of Green
  • Bigfat’s 5o8 Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • Bigfat’s 6o8 Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce
  • Bigfat’s 7o8 7 Pot Citrus Hot Sauce
  • Bigfat’s Vega Mojo
  • Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Black Label
  • Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Year of the Dog
  • Volcanic Peppers – Reaper Ranch
  • Volcanic Peppers – Curry Sauce
  • Redhawk Premium Peppers – Grounds for Divorce XXX
  • Texas Creek Products – Chipotle BBQ Sauce
  • Crazy Good Hot Sauce – Chaos Theory
  • Crazy Good Hot Sauce – Fruits of Fire

Ed Currie

ed-currie-pucker-butt-best-hot-saucesSmokin’ Ed is the founder, president, mad scientist & chef of PuckerButt Pepper Company, and developed the Carolina Reaper pepper, the current Guinness World Record hottest chile pepper.

  • High River Sauces Tears of the Sun
  • Bigfat’s Double Dark – Black Cherry & Sage Hot Sauce
  • Culley’s/Puckerbutt Reaper Chipotle
  • Born to Hula Reaper of Sorrow
  • Humbolt Smokin Hot Nooner
  • Born to Hula Imperial Apple BBQ Sauce
  • Culley’s Sriracha Sauce
  • Humbolt Habanero Mango Blackberry Smoked Ghost Pepper
  • Mickey V’s Pineapple Ghost
  • High River Sauces Cheeba Gold Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce
  • PuckerButt Pepper Co. Voodoo Prince Death Mamba
  • PuckerButt Pepper Co. Reaper Squeezins

Brian Meagher

brian-meagherBrian, along with his wife Marilyn, maintain one of the most prolific and longest-lasting hot sauce blogs on the web, HotSauceDaily.com.

  • Pickapeppa Red Hot Sauce
  • Georgia Peach & Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce
  • Captain Thom’s Thai Monkey Hot Sauce
  • Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce
  • Mermaid BBQ Company Original Formula
  • Captain Sorensen’s Datil Pepper Sauce
  • Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Sauce
  • Moe Mountain Hot Sauce
  • Bootlicker Hot Sauce
  • Cholula Hot Sauce
  • TABASCO Original Pepper Sauce

Chip Hearn

chip-hearn-peppers-top-10-hot-saucesChip is an inaugural inductee in the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame. He co-founded the legendary Peppers, which is one of the largest distributors of hot sauces, and its brick and mortar location has the hottest selection of hot sauces in the world.

  • Gator Hammock Hot Gator Sauce
  • Georgia Peach & Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce
  • Starboard Bloody Mary Mix
  • Crabby Mary Bloody Mary Mix
  • Marie Sharp’s Belizean Heat Habanero Pepper Sauce
  • Melinda’s Mango Mild & Sweet Hot Pepper Sauce
  • Kiss Your Ass Goodbye Hot Sauce
  • Dave’s Gourmet Ginger Peach Hot Sauce
  • CaJohns Reaper Sling Blade Hot Sauce
  • Lynchburg Swineapple Rib Glaze & BBQ Sauce
  • Ole Ray’s Apple/Cinnamon Barbeque Sauce

Chuck Evans

chuck-evans-favorite-hot-saucesOne of the longest-lasting specialty sauce makers still on the scene, Chuck runs Montezuma Brand, a purveyor of sauces, salsa and spice mixes. He has helped popularize chipotle sauces, and is a respected fiery foods industry historian.

  • La Victoria Salsa Brava (California)
  • San Luis Hot Sauce (San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
  • Salsa Huichol Hot Sauce (Nayarit, Mexico)
  • MONTEZUMA Brand Smokey Chipotle(R) Pepper Sauce (Ohio)
  • Mama Sita’s Pure Labuyo Red Hot Pepper Sauce (Manila, Philippines)
  • Tapatio Hot Sauce (California)
  • Susie’s Hot Sauce (Antigua)
  • Cholula Hot Sauce (Mexico)
  • Grace Very Hot Pepper Sauce (Jamaica)
  • MONTEZUMA Brand Penitente -Tortured Soul- (Trinidad Scorpion) Hot Sauce (Ohio)
  • Crystal Extra Hot Sauce (Louisiana)
  • Green Bandit Cilantro Habanero Hot Sauce (New Jersey)
  • Nando’s Extra Hot Peri-Peri Sauce (South Africa)
  • Texas Pete’s Hotter Hot Sauce (North Carolina)
  • MONTEZUMA Brand Mucho Gusto Taco Sauce (Ohio)
  • CaJohns The Legend (discontinued)

CaJohn Hard

john-cajohn-hard-top-10-favorite-hot-saucesThe “Godfather” himself, John “CaJohn” Hard, is a member of the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame and is the head honcho of CaJohns Fiery Foods, which is the all-time, most-awarded hot sauce manufacturer on earth.

  • Mike & Diane’s Ring of Fire Original Habanero Hot Sauce
  • CaJohns Bourbon Infused Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce
  • Danny Cash Bottled Up Anger
  • CaJohns Firehouse Hot Sauce
  • Cajun Power Garlic Sauce
  • CaJohns Oaxacan Original
  • Fletcher Grant’s Kiss of Fire
  • Primo’s Peppers Swampadelic Sauce
  • Susie’s Original Antigua Hot Sauce
  • Pico Pica Hot Sauce

Anthony Cochran

Anthony CochranAnthony is a North Carolina-based hot sauce fanatic.

  • Cottage Lane Kitchens Get Me A Switch
  • Harbour City Hot Sauce – Original
  • Race City Sauce Works Mic Drop
  • Sweet Heat Gourmet – Habanero Peach
  • Culley’s No.1 Hot Sauce
  • DEFCON Sauces Defense Condition #1 Wing Sauce
  • CaJohns Holy Jolokia
  • Heartbreaking Dawns 1841 Ghost Pepper Sauce
  • Intensity Academy Hot Squared Hot Sauce
  • Heartbreaking Dawns North Star Grilling Sauce (discontinued)
  • Hot Line Pepper Products – Evil Ooze

Firehead Thomas Gately

Firehead Thomas GatelyA past blogger and hot sauce reviewer, Tom is a diehard chilehead and an avid griller and BBQer.

  • Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Year of the Dog
  • High River Sauces Tears Of The Sun
  • DEFCON Sauces Defense Condition #1 Wing Sauce
  • Bonfatto’s Fire In The Hole
  • Volcanic Peppers LAVA Death By Douglah Hot Sauce
  • Tom’s Roid Rippin Sauce Hot Cherry Pepper With Roasted Garlic
  • Dragon’s Blood Elixir Unique Destiny Jolokia
  • Heartbreaking Dawns Classic Gold Habanero
  • Heartbreaking Dawns The Green
  • CaJohns Oaxacon Ghost
  • Race City Sauce Works Deadwood High Noon Taco Sauce
  • Franklin BBQ Espresso Sauce
  • Jack’s Old South Vinegar BBQ Sauce

Matt Le Gal

Matt Le GalFrench chilehead Matt Le Gal is the owner of the blog Fire Chillies France and the online store Capsicums.fr.

  • Hellfire Elixir
  • High River Sauces Grapes of Wrath
  • High River Sauces Hellacious Hot Sauce
  • Bigfat’s 7o8 7 Pot Citrus Hot Sauce
  • CaJohns Bourbon Infused Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce
  • Volcanic Peppers LAVA Hot Scorpion BBQ Sauce
  • Red Hawk Premium Peppers GFD Holy Alimony
  • Heartbreaking Dawns 1542 Southwest Habanero Sauce
  • Born to Hula Smokehaus Blues
  • Born to Hula Surge of Sandy (discontinued)
  • DragonFire Naga’s Revenge (discontinued)

Kendall Stadler

Kendall StadlerAs the owner of TastingtheHeat.com, Kendall does hot sauce reviews and hosts a video show on his Facebook page.

  • Papa Lynn’s Hell in a Bottle
  • Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce  Retro Jalapeño
  • Hellfire Detroit Cherry Bomb
  • Dirty Dick’s Hot Sauce Hot Pepper Sauce
  • Haico’s Hot Sauce Reapers Revenge
  • Arthur Wayne Hot Sauce Montana Rooster
  • Helena Pepper Co. Clark’s Caribbean Seven Sauce
  • Crazy Bastard Sauce Habanero & Tamatillo
  • Marie Sharp’s Hot Habanero Pepper Sauce
  • Voodoo Chile Sauces Psycho Tropic
  • Scotty O’ Hotty Beer Bacon Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • Scotty O’ Hotty Beer Bacon Chipotle with Scorpion Peppers
  • Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Black Label

Bill Moore

bill-mooreBill is one of the top hot sauce and fiery foods reviewers on YouTube.

  • Bigfat’s 7o8 7 Pot Citrus Hot Sauce
  • Born to Hula Habanero Ancho Hot Sauce
  • CaJohns Happy Beaver Hot Sauce
  • Chipotlan Hot Sauce Co. Pa’Su Madre Original Habanero Hot Sauce
  • Hellfire Hot Sauce Pure Hell Hot Sauce
  • Men Pa’w Gourmet Hot Sauce
  • Mild To Wild Pepper & Herb Co. Red Savina Garlic Hot Sauce
  • Sizzlin’ Sauces Spittin’ Fire Hot Sauce
  • Tom’s Roid-Rippin Hot Sauce Tapestry
  • Volcanic Peppers LAVA Chocolate Lightning Hot Sauce

Ken Alexander

Ken AlexanderVideo and written-word reviewer Ken Alexander runs the FieryWorld.com site, and has a regular segment with me on The Firecast Podcast.

  • Bigfat’s 7o8 7 Pot Citrus Hot Sauce
  • Bigfat’s Double Dark – Black Cherry & Sage Hot Sauce
  • Born to Hula Habanero Guajillo
  • CaJohns Bourbon Infused Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce
  • CaJohns Caracara Hot Sauce
  • Voodoo Chile Sauces Psycho Tropic
  • Voodoo Chile Sauces Honeydew
  • High River Sauces Grapes of Wrath
  • Volcanic Peppers Ghost Pepper Ponzu
  • Captain Thom’s Thai Monkey Hot Sauce
  • JAC’s Tailgaters Raspberry Chipotle Finishing Sauce (discontinued)
  • JAC’s Tailgaters Bayou Gold Mustard Sauce (discontinued)
  • Frogbone Cajun Sauces Bayou BBQ Sauce
  • Intensity Academy – Chai Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Cajun Heat C’est Bon Cajun Q BBQ sauce
  • Madison Chocolatiers Not Your Grandma’s Caramel Sauce

Dave DeWitt

dave-dewittHot Sauce Hall of Famer Dave DeWitt founded and continues to produce the National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show, has authored dozens of books, and is one of the foremost authorities in the world on chile peppers, spices, and spicy foods, thus earning him the nickname, “The Pope of Peppers”.

  • Panama Red Hot Sauce
  • Montezuma Smoky Chipotle Sauce
  • Trinidad Habanero Pepper Sauce
  • Trader’s Joe’s Sriracha Sauce
  • Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce
  • Garden Fresh Jack’s Special Salsa
  • Cervantes Hot Red Chile Sauce
  • Melinda’s Habanero Sauce
  • Freshies Fresh Q Colorado Style Gourmet BBQ Sauce
  • El Pinto Green Chile Sauce

Mike Hultquist

mike-hultquistMike has written numerous cookbooks about chile peppers and runs the excellent Chili Pepper Madness site.

  • Born to Hula Reaper of Sorrow
  • High River Sauces Tears of the Sun
  • Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Dia del Perro
  • Hellfire Hot Sauce Fear This
  • Bigfat’s 6o8 Pineapple Habanero
  • TABASCO Original Pepper Sauce
  • Valentina Hot Salsa Picante
  • Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Sauce
  • 3 Dragons Chili Oil

Steve “The Machine” Smallwood

steve the machine smallwood“The Machine” is a multiple food-eating contest champion, has one of the biggest tolerances for capsaicin out of anyone in the chilehead community.

  • CaJohns Oaxacan Ghost
  • CaJohns Holy Jolokia
  • Heartbreaking Dawns 1498 Trinidad Scorpion Sauce
  • Hellfire Hot Sauce Evil Bastard
  • Race City Sauce Works 98 Octane
  • Spicy Rooster Ghost of Nalini
  • Melinda’s Red Savina Sauce
  • High River Sauces Tears of the Sun
  • Born to Hula Guajillo Habanero
  • Bigfat’s Vega Mojo

Steve Seabury

Steve SeaburySteve, founder of High River Sauces, is also the producer of many fiery food festivals, including the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, the California Hot Sauce Expo, the Portland Hot Sauce Expo, and the Arizona Hot Sauce Expo.

  • Heartbreaking Dawns 1498 Trinidad Scorpion Sauce
  • NW Elixers Verde Hott
  • Dragons Blood Elixir Smoky Maple Garlic Bacon
  • CaJohns Firehouse Hot Sauce
  • Tapatio Hot Sauce
  • Hellfire Blueberry Hell Hot Sauce
  • Frank’s RedHot Sauce
  • Blair’s Pure Death Hot Sauce
  • Dave’s Ultimate Insanity
  • Marie Sharp’s Mild Pepper Sauce

Jeremy Walsh

Jeremy WalshChicago-based Jeremy, along with his wife Kat, own Bigfat’s Hot Sauce.

  • Red Hawk Premium Peppers Tame the Reaper
  • Born to Hula Cayenne
  • Fat Cat Chairman Meow’s Revenge
  • Bigfat’s 7o8 7 Pot Citrus Hot Sauce
  • Race City Sauce Works Le Visage De La Mort Seven Pepper Sambal
  • Blaze Gourmet Hot Jamaican Curry
  • Heartbreaking Dawns/Bad Brains Fire Burn Babylon
  • Volcanic Peppers LAVA Death by Douglah Hot Sauce
  • CaJohns Rougaroux Hot Sauce
  • Jak Jeckel Green Sauce

Annika A. (Zin the Phoenix)

zinAnnika, who goes by the nickname of Zin the Phoenix, is a YouTube reviewer of hot sauces.

  • Born to Hula Reaper of Sorrow Hot Sauce
  • Crazy Bastard Sauce Habanero & Tomatillo
  • High River Sauces Grapes of Wrath
  • Voodoo Chile Sauces V’Racha Sriracha-style Hot Sauce
  • No.7 Hot Sauce Original Habanero Hot Sauce
  • Made d’Orleans Eggplant Thai Hot Sauce
  • Hella Hot Hot Sauce Boobzilla Hot Sauce
  • Layna Sa Pika Este Donne Dinanche Pepper Paste
  • Paulman Acre Ziggy’s Charred Dust Hot Sauce
  • Paulman Acre Piñalava Sunshine Smoked Pepper Sauce
  • Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Black Label
  • Fat Cat Foods Siamese Sriracha
  • Fat Cat Foods Bacon Flavored Sriracha
  • PuckerButt Pepper Company Smokin’ Ed’s Pineapple Ginger Hot Sauce
  • Sweet Heat Gourmet Roasted Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Jim Campbell

jim-campbell-mild-to-wildJim, an Indianapolis-area firefighter, is the former owner of the Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Company, as well as being a past chile pepper grower & expert, plus the organizer & host of the famous Open Fields chilehead event. He currently oversees Step Up For Charity, a charitable organization that aids a variety of worthy causes.

  • Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Sauce
  • TABASCO Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • CaJohn’s Lil Kick
  • Mild to Wild False Alarm
  • Blair’s American Hot Sauce (discontinued)
  • Mild to Wild Smokin’ Chipotle
  • Mild to Wild Original Finishing Sauce
  • Religious Experience’s ‘beta sauce’ (never released)
  • Smokin’ J’s Applewood Smoked Chipotle Sauce

Thomas Toth

Thomas TothThom is the founder of Voodoo Chile Sauces & Salsa and Ætérnus Sauceworks.

  • Voodoo Chile Sauces Porcus Infernum
  • Voodoo Chile Sauces Fever Dream
  • Voodoo Chile Sauces Black As Your Soul
  • Voodoo Chile Sauces Winter Angel
  • CaJohns Quetzelcoatl
  • High River Sauces Rogue Moruga Blood Orange Scorpion Pepper Sauce
  • Heartbreaking Dawns Mango Habanero
  • Volcanic Peppers Ghost Pepper Ponzu
  • Jersey Barnfire Black Garlic
  • Born to Hula Ghost Of Ancho

Art “Xero” Weingaertner

Art Xero WeingartnerXero runs the fiery foods company Xerarchs.com, makers of fine sauces and salsas.

  • Xerarchs Red Scourge
  • Xerarchs Very Verde Green Sauce
  • CaJohns Caracara Hot Sauce
  • Xtinction Sauce with Ghost Pepper
  • Frog-Bone Bone Reaper
  • Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Black Label
  • Blair’s Sweet Death Sauce
  • Honey Blaze Hot Wing Sauce
  • Voodoo Chile Sauces Winter Angel
  • Addiction Sauces Habanero

Scotty & Suzi Owens

suzi-and-scottyThe Owens hail from the great state of Michigan and create spicy products under the Scotty O’ Hotty Hot Sauce name.  Below is a combined list from both of them.

  • Bliss Pepper Sauce
  • Scotty O’Hotty Premium Habanero Sauce
  • Famous Dave’s Georgia Mustard Sauce
  • Original Zip Sauce
  • Scotty O’Hotty Beer Bacon Chipotle
  • Culley’s No.1 Hot Sauce
  • Try Me Dragon Sauce
  • CaJohns Calavera Sauce
  • Garden Fresh Salsa Jack’s Special
  • Scotty O’Hotty Reaper de Muerte Sauce
  • El Yucateco Green Habanero Sauce
  • ARBY’s Sauce (original)
  • TABASCO Original Pepper Sauce
  • Marie Sharp’s Hot Habanero Pepper Sauce
  • TABASCO Habanero Pepper Sauce
  • Srodek’s Horseradish Sauce

scott-roberts-top-10-favorite-hot-saucesScott Roberts

Yep, here are my humble contributions…

  • Captain Thom’s Thai Monkey Hot Sauce
  • DEFCON’s Defense Condition #2 Wing Sauce
  • Mike & Diane’s Ring of Fire Xtra Hot Habanero Hot Sauce
  • Race City Sauce Works Deadwood Taco Sauce
  • Georgia Peach & Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce
  • Heartbreaking Dawns 1498 Trinidad Scorpion Sauce
  • Benito’s Naranja Organic Hot Sauce
  • Marie Sharp’s Hot Habanero Pepper Sauce
  • CaJohns Bourbon Infused Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce
  • Dragon’s Blood Elixir Original Hot Sauce
  • Mild to Wild Fiery Hot Habanero BBQ Sauce
  • Owem G. Williker’s Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Chile Elixir (discontinued?)
  • JACs Tailgaters Pineapple Orange Habanero Finishing Sauce (discontinued)

By the way, if you want to see my “top 50” favorites, go to my Spicy Foods Reviews and ratings page, and click on the “Rating” header to sort them by ratings. All of the orange 5-star ratings are my all-time favorite products.

Top Sauces By the Numbers

Lot of Favorite, Best Hot Sauce All TimeIt was fascinating to see the sauces repeated in these lists. I’m sure that if I asked an alternate group of twenty chileheads, the results would be very different. But still, once you see a product repeated two or more times, chances are you’ve got a people-pleasing sauce on your hands. Here are the top individual sauce mentions:

Bigfat’s 7o8 7 Pot Citrus Hot Sauce – 5
High River Sauces Tears of the Sun – 5
CaJohns Bourbon Infused Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce – 4
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Black Label – 4
Born to Hula Reaper of Sorrow – 3
CaJohns Caracara Hot Sauce – 3
Captain Thom’s Thai Monkey Hot Sauce – 3
Georgia Peach & Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce – 3
High River Sauces Grapes of Wrath – 3
Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Sauce – 3
Heartbreaking Dawns 1498 Trinidad Scorpion Sauce – 3
Marie Sharp’s Hot Habanero Pepper Sauce – 3
TABASCO Pepper Sauce – 3
Bigfat’s 6o8 Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce – 2
Bigfat’s Double Dark – Black Cherry & Sage Hot Sauce – 2
CaJohns Firehouse Hot Sauce – 2
CaJohns Holy Jolokia Hot Sauce – 2
CaJohns Oaxacan Ghost – 2
Crazy Bastard Sauce Habanero & Tomatillo – 2
Culley’s No.1 Hot Sauce – 2
DEFCON Sauces Defense Condition #1 Wing Sauce – 2
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Year of the Dog – 2
Heartbreaking Dawns Classic Gold Habanero – 2
Heartbreaking Dawns The Green – 2
Primo’s Peppers Swampadelic Sauce – 2
Race City Sauce Works Deadwood Taco Sauce – 2
Scotty O’Hotty Beer Bacon Chipotle – 2
Tapatio Hot Sauce – 2
Volcanic Peppers Ghost Pepper Ponzu – 2
Volcanic Peppers LAVA Death by Douglah Hot Sauce – 2
Voodoo Chile Sauces Winter Angel – 2

Below are the overall mentions of companies, ranging from 22 to 4. There were several sauce makers that had gotten three mentions.

CaJohns Fiery Foods – 22
Bigfat’s Hot Sauce – 13
Born to Hula Hot Sauce – 11
High River Sauces – 11
Heartbreaking Dawns – 13
Voodoo Chile Sauces – 9
Volcanic Peppers – 8
Race City Sauce Works – 7
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – 7
Hellfire Hot Sauce – 5
Marie Sharp’s – 5
McIlhenny Company (TABASCO) – 5
Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Co. – 5
Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauce – 5
Culley’s Hot Sauce – 4

What is on YOUR list?

What do you think of the choices? Surprised to see anything listed? Shocked to see your favorite hot sauce not represented? Feel free to comment or post your own top 10 list below!

What Are Your Top 10 Favorite Hot Sauces of All Time? 2016 Edition
  • Dan Lowenstein

    Thanks for the Red Hawk Premium Peppers shout outs! Lots of great products on these list!!!

    • Well deserved my friend – I love me some Grounds for Divorce XXX

      • Dan Lowenstein

        Thanks braddah!

  • Mine was by no means a complete list – I wasn’t going to list my own, but was encouraged to do so. Feels like weird listing one’s own sauces as favorites. I mean, I wouldn’t make them if I didn’t love them, but that’s not normally my style. And as you can see I went way over 10 entries – if I’d had more time it would have been closer to 50. In hindsight I should have included Smokin J’s smoke-roasted jalapeño, 3-4 sauces from Born to Hula (I love those sauces and truly can’t believe I didn’t list them), Grace Scotch Bonnett sauce (simple sauce, but I really enjoy it), several of Cully’s sauces, Secret Aardvark, NW Elixirs and many, many, many more. Feel a bit bad for leaving so many out – lists are hard when you have hundreds of favorites. 😉

  • CaJohn

    I want to thank all who listed CaJohns and am honored and I am humbled to see so many of my sauces listed by this phenomenal group of hot sauce artisans. Scott Zalkind, it’s just a moment in time. Don’t feel bad about who you may have left out, we all find true gems as we grow day to day. It’s amazing all the great maker’s we have today, and how many fantastic sauces they develop.20 years of doing this has taught me that tomorrow will bring another amazing sauce. If we didn’t like what we put out, we have no business doing it. My mentor listed a bunch of Mild to Wild, and he is known as St. James to a lot of us! Be proud of what you do, and be humbled that peers hold you as a standard. Thanks again to all!

    • Thanks John – sage words as always. I’m proud to know you and count you as a friend. I hope we’ll be seeing you in AZ next month!

  • Gemini Crow

    High Rivers Sauces / Tears of the Sun (Private Reserve)
    Jersey Barnfire / Strawberry Scorpion
    Big Fat’s / 6 of 8 Pineapple Habanero
    Dragons Blood Elixir / Stoned Fruit Reaper Madness
    Angry Goat / Purple Hippo
    Gemini Crow / Jack the Reaper
    El Yucateco / Red Habanero
    Marshall’s Haute Sauce / Ghost Chili Apple
    Redhawk Peppers / Granny Apple
    Secret Aardvark / Habanero
    Queen Majesty / Tequilia & Lime

    • Good list, Dov. Dragon’s Blood Elixirs are excellent sauces – they should have made my list. Too many sauces, not enough list. lol

      I think the Redhawk sauce is called “Evil Granny” though. Seasonal sauce – super tasty, I agree.