For those who are fans of spicy food, hot sauce is an indispensable condiment. But beyond the mild kick of traditional hot sauces like Tabasco and Cholula lies a huge ecosystem of intensely spicy hot sauces and their fiercely devoted fans, known as chileheads. If you fall into that group, this list is for you, because these hot sauces are the spiciest on earth.
According to legend, this sauce originated when the company’s founder worked in a bar and was eager to close up shop when 2 a.m. rolled around. He fried up some wings and doused them in this sauce, and told the patrons that they could stick around for longer if they could eat four of them. Needless to say, it worked every time. A three-ounce bottle can be purchased for $29.95, but a disclaimer needs to be signed first!
Lethal Ingestion isn’t messing around: it’s sold in a glass vial, and it bills itself the world’s hottest hot sauce that doesn’t contain any extracts. It’s just Fatali, Red Savina, and Ghost Peppers ground up and mixed with a little vinegar. It’s one of the purest expressions of chiles out there, and it’s absolutely incendiary.
If the 2 AM Reserve isn’t hot enough for you, you could always kick it up one more notch with the 3 AM reserve. It’s 20 percent hotter than the original, and a drop of this stuff on your tongue will most likely alter your entire outlook on the universe. For the truly brave (crazy?), a three-ounce bottle sells for $49.95. It comes in a funky bottle, signed by Blair himself.
It can be safely said that CaJohns produces the spiciest varieties of hot sauce on earth, and this one isn’t even close to the hottest! Made with ghost and fatali chiles, this sauce is described by the company as “slow and excruciating.” Sounds like fun!
There’s a good chance that the folks at Pepper Palace weren’t exaggerating when they called this concoction the universe’s hottest. Forty pounds of ghost chiles go into every batch, and according to the company the stuff contains a ludicrous 3.5 million Scoville Units, making it 700 times spicier than Tabasco. We’re getting into some crazy territory here, and if you’re insane enough to try it, you can purchase it through the Pepper Palace website for $14.95.
This sauce is made with pure capsaicin extract, which reaches an insane 4 million Scoville Units. Add this to your food one drop at a time, or better yet, don’t add any at all. If you feel like playing a legendary prank on your fraternity brothers the next time you make a batch of chili, you can buy a bottle for $38 here.
This is the spiciest hot sauce on the market that isn’t an extract and can easily be purchased online. Made by CaJohns, it contains chocolate habanero peppers and a hefty dose of 6 million Scoville Unit extract. If you eat this, it very well might be the spiciest thing you ever eat.
Dubbed “plutonium” by its manufacturers at Ashley Foods, this sauce is so thick with extract that it needs to be heated just to get it out of the bottle. It’s a full 60 percent pure capsaicin, and it sells in one-ounce containers for a hundred bucks each. It’s absolutely face-melting, and it’s the hottest product on earth that can still be considered a sauce; the next step up from here are pure capsaicin crystals. After you've tackled all of these hot sauces, why not try your luck at the hottest chiles on earth?