The 12 Best Hot Sauces To Buy On Amazon
Fact: Hot sauce is the most perfect condiment ever created. Name a food out there and it’s almost always enhanced by a hot sauce. Pizza, seafood, chicken, potatoes, rice — whatever. Nothing makes the tastebuds dance in euphoria like it.
I really love hot sauce. Tabasco and Franks Red Hot have their purposes in the kitchen, but what I really love is discovering truly interesting bottles of peppered lighting. I always have since I was a kid, thumbing through the Peppers catalog that originated in Dewey Beach. Hell, this past April, I went on a bit of a hot sauce bender during the New York Hot Sauce expo, procuring over 20 bottles from all over America. I was like the damn David Livingston of hot sauce. Here’s my pickings from the afternoon:
Over the years, my cabinets have collected a number of hot sauces via my Amazon Prime subscription. Enough so for me to make a rating of the best hot sauce on Amazon. If you’re looking to upgrade from sriracha or the standard brands, here’s a little ranking on what hot sauces are good and what hot sauces are garbage on Amazon.com.
Here’s everything you need for a party in your mouth.
Yellowbird Hot Sauce
If I’m stranded on a desert island and there’s only one family of hot sauces I can take, it’s Yellowbird. Made in Austin and so damn good, this condiments came into my life via a random Amazon purchase. I was hungry and out of hot sauce that taste good with pizza, so I purchased the Yellowbird three-pack along along with a superpack of cheap batteries and a new Xbox controller (I party hard). I throw Yellowbird on EVERYTHING: Pizza, eggs, tacos, sandwiches, chicken, ric… Whatever. These guys know how to make a kick-ass chili pepper sauce.
Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce
Remember the first time you fell in love with a hot sauce? I do. Vividly. I was at brunch at a now-defunct Southern-style comfort food spot called Peels. I was a eating grits and fried chicken. I asked the waitress for hot sauce and they gave me a bottle of Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce. They say it’s a “flavor that will kick you in the mouth” and it did just that.
Started in Portland, Oregon, Secret Aardvark‘s flavor is a little bit Caribbean, a little bit Tex-Mex. There’s a hearty carrot base that adds a touch of sweetness. As I said at the time, it’s like munching on pepper diamonds. I buy Secret Aardvark by the three-pack because that’s how fast I go through it.
Marie Sharp’s Hot Habanero Sauce
Habanero sauce from Belize! Marie Sharp’s also uses a carrot-base, which accents the kick of the pepper on your food. It also tastes damn good in a Bloody Mary.
El Yucateco Ð Habanero Hot Sauces
Yes, you can get this at any grocery store that has a decent Mexican section. But not all grocery stores are created equal, so I grab my green chile habanero sauce off Amazon. This stuff is dynamite on fish tacos or pork. It’s pretty damn spicy, but not in a way that will scare you silly.