Fan of spicy food? Good, because you’ve come to the right place. Though most would say there’s no purpose in eating REALLY spicy dishes, spicy foods have been a staple across a variety of cultures and cuisines for much longer than you and I have been around. In the honour of spicy foods, burning tongues, and sweaty brows, we’ve put together a short list of the Top 5 most brutal hot sauces you can purchase today. Whether you’re looking to spice up your burrito or simply add some zest to your soup, read on. But beware, as these are some of the spiciest sauces available on the market and should be used in moderation. Now go prep your glass of milk.
#5: Pain is Good Batch #218 Louisiana Style Hot Sauce
Starting with something a bit more accessible on the list, Pain is Good Louisiana Style Hot Sauce is a good introduction into the world of fiery bliss. Using a modest mix of habanero and cayenne peppers, this hot sauce originated in the American south. Ideal for BBQ and meats in general, the Louisiana style malt vinegar based sauce will get the heat going but won’t prevent you from finishing your meal.
#4: Mad Dog 357
Stepping up the curve quite a bit, the notorious Mad Dog 357 comes in at number 4. Topping out at an infernal 357,000 scoville units, this sauce is nothing to scoff at. Being a chili pepper based sauce, you know you’re in deep. One drop goes a long way.
#3: Blair’s Ultra Death Sauce
Having tried this sauce recently, I can confirm that it lives up to its name. One drop and your mouth will be on fire for a solid 20 minutes. It contains ingredients 750 times hotter than a jalapeño chile. Blair’s Ultra Death Sauce uses an unforgiving mix of cayenne chiles and red habanero pods. Don’t mess around too much with this.
#2: Elijah’s Xtreme Ghost Pepper Sauce
The Bhut jolokia native to India, also known as the Ghost Pepper is estimated to be about 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. Ghost peppers are notoriously spicy. So spicy that they’ve been used to develop defence products. With an estimated minimum scoville rating of 855,000 units, you’d be crazy to have any of this but you made it this far for a reason. Elijah’s Xtreme Ghost Pepper Sauce mixes lime juice and garlic to offer some flavour amongst its brutality.
#1: Elijah’s Xtreme Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce
One of the hottest peppers around, the Carolina Reaper can top out at 2.2 million units on the scoville scale (with a modest 1.4 million on a bad day. Still hotter than our second entry on this list). Often hailed as the strongest and spiciest chili in the world, Elijah’s Extreme Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce takes advantage of this while also mixing an interesting blend of black cherries and cranberries.