Of the World's Spiciest Hot Sauces

Of the World's Spiciest Hot Sauces

There's nothing like slathering your food with your favorite spicy hot sauce and firing up a furnace in your mouth. Whether your preferred fiery concoction is Siracha, Tapatio, or just good ole’ Tabasco, that extra zest is the missing component that brings a man's meal alive.

But have your taste buds grown accustomed to your Average Joe hot sauce? Ready to take it to the next level of spice? Let's turn up the heat a little bit!

We took this man-challenge to the web and sought out the top spiciest hot sauces, some so hot that just ONE DROP will burn your mouth. 

(FYI: Hot sauces are measured by scoville units, which are used to communicate the pungency of chili peppers or other spicy foods in the sauce. The more scoville units, the higher the heat level.)

Warning: We're not daring you to try these, so purchase at your own risk! If you like setting your mouth on fire, these are the spiciest hot sauces and the ones most likely to do it. But don't come crying to us if you peel a couple of layers of skin off the roof of your mouth in the process.

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Of the World's Spiciest Hot Sauces

  • 10. Pure Habanero hot sauce
  • 9. Melinda's Red Savina Hot Sauce
  • 8. Blair's 3am Reserve Hot Sauce
  • 7. Black Mamba Hot Sauce
  • 6. Satan's Blood Hot Sauce
  • 5. Gourmet Cajohns Frostbite White Hot Sauce
  • 4. Blair's Ultra Death Sauce
  • 3. 357 Mad Dog Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
  • 2. Dave's Gourmet Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
  • 1. The Source Hot Sauce, 7.1 Million Scoville Units

Pure Habanero hot sauce

Pure Habanero hot sauce
1,246 Bought
86 % Editor Score
80 % User Score

Contains the world's hottest commercially grown habanero, the Red Savina, with a range of 400,000-500,000 Scovilles. Compare that to the common Jalape┼ło pepper with 5,000-7,000 SHU, and you get an idea of how hot this is.  Never over do it with this sauce, but remember there are even hotter options to explore.

What Reviewers Say:

  • It's really hard to find truly pure habanero sauce. This one is the real deal. Most other hab sauces I've tried are either blended with carrots and tomatoes or they're supplemented with pure capsicum for "blow-your-brains-out" heat. Yes, this sauce is very hot, but it's hot on its own merits and you can taste the actual pepper flavor, which is why I like hot sauces in the first place. This is a true gourmet hot sauce, not some culinary toy to play Jackass-style pranks with.
  • Of course how 'hot' a sauce is is a subjective matter, but objectively speaking this is a rich and warm sauce. Since it's not mixed with carrots, sugar, lime and the like, you
    taste pure habanero. The sauce is hotter than most habanero sauces that are adulterated but is in no way obnoxious-I-dare-you-to-try this hot. No doubt the heat and taste of the
    pepper comes through but so does that of the food you're putting it on. Highly recommended for those who like real heat and flavor without resorting to mouth-numbing
    over the top concoctions.
  • Pure Habanero added amazing flavor and great heat to a recent batch of chili I made. It seemed to add a depth to the flavors that were already present as well as its own amazing flavor. A few drops to several cups at a time really kicked up the heat which is exactly what I was looking for though I certainly would sample straight from the bottle. Speaking of the bottle though, the extract is very thick and the bottle is glass with a narrow neck. It's just about impossible to get anything out. I used a straw but a better bottle design would be nice or include a suction dropper like children's medicines come with.

Melinda's Red Savina Hot Sauce

Melinda's Red Savina Hot Sauce
531 Bought
84 % Editor Score
82 % User Score

Although it only has 50,000 Scoville units - which is still spicy! - it has excellent flavor and is great for cooking and to add to most any dish.

What Reviewers Say:

  • We were expecting some more heat from this savina hot sauce. We are of East Indian descent and live in the Caribbean, so we are used to a lot hotter peppers. My husband is the pepper fanatic in the family and he was very disappointed in this sauce. However, I don't usually eat hot sauces and I actually love it. It is not that hot and it has a really nice flavour, so I have been pouring it over nearly everything from spicing up my ketchup for fries, to dotting it over my eggs in the morning. If you have a high tolerance for heat then this is not the sauce for you. If you like low to moderate heat with nice flavour added in then this is a great choice.
  • If you have tried Melinda's Habanero sauces before, or Marie Sharps for
    comparison, and you like the flavor and consistency, but need more heat,
    then this is just for you!
  • I love the flavor, which seems to go with just about anything I have tried it with. My test of a great hot sauce is if it will enhance a delicate white fish like flounder without overwhelming the flavor. This one passes that test with flying colors.



Blair's 3am Reserve Hot Sauce

Blair's 3am Reserve Hot Sauce
1,052 Bought
84 % Editor Score
84 % User Score

The creator was a bartender on the Jersey Shore back in the day.  Blair served patrons that wanted to stay past 2am wings slathered in his homemade sauce.  If they could eat it, they could stay.  No one could.  But Blair managed to bottle his creations (2am, 3am... you get the picture).  This sauce packs between 1 and 2 million SHU into each minute drop.

And, while the bottle is beautiful, it's possible the devil hides inside it. Still, it's great to give as a gift - the handmade reserve bottle hand signed and numbered. Just a hint - you should taste this the way the chili heads do: a smudge on the side of a toothpick. You'll thank us for the advice.

What Reviewers Say: 

  • I didn't have problem opening the bottle,but MY GOD IT IS HOT. I get one toothpick and dip it in the bottle.There wasn't even one drop on it.I licked it. What the HELL was that!! It was like my tongue and my throat was on fire.I couldn't breathe for a while...
  • Definitely NOT a sauce, but has great flavor! It works exceptionally well in adding spice to dishes. A few drops in a big bowl of chili does the trick. It is difficult to find a suitable dropper/dispenser that will effectively control its use without contaminating the outside of the container. I use a rinsed out Visine bottle and wipe off the excess from the tip after use.
    Do NOT get this in your eyes. It is painful for quite a while.
  • No taste. Unbearable heat. It is a beautiful thing. If you gave this less than 5 stars, then I don't know what you were looking to get out of this product.

Black Mamba Hot Sauce

Black Mamba Hot Sauce
756 Bought
88 % Editor Score
86 % User Score

This is an insane hot sauce, made from the blend of chocolate habaneros and capsaicin extracts. This little guy supposedly has several million scoville units!!!!

What Reviewers Say: 

  • I enjoy all types of hot sauces but I prefer those with complex flavors, not just heat. Black Mamba is hot, make no mistake about it, but it also has an almost fruity flavor to it (by the way, Chocolate Habaneros are called that because of their color, not their flavor.) It does have hot pepper extract in it (capsaicin) which is often added to mediocre sauces just in order to boast the heat, sometimes at the expense of the overall taste of the finished product. Black Mamba seems to have limited the amount to just enough to create even more fire than a habanero has own it's own (and Chocolate Habs are one of the hottest) without overdoing it.
  • I tried this at my brothers rehearsal dinner as a dare that clearly I was not going to turn down. I put one drop on a tortilla and started chewing. I thought I was in the clear until about 20 seconds later when my mouth was on fire. I love hot sauces and regularly use very hot ones and this put them all to shame. I was chomping down tortillas and it took a good 30 minutes for the burn to stop. I was very pleased with this sauce but buyer beware--- this is not for those who can't handle heat.
  • So hot, this is best used in soups and beans. I don't use it as much as I thought I would because I can't accurate gauge how much to use. This will definitely test your tolerance for heat. I do like that it does not create an odd flavor. You get your food taste with some added heat.

Satan's Blood Hot Sauce

Satan's Blood Hot Sauce
1,098 Bought
94 % Editor Score
88 % User Score

This awesome bottle is shaped like a blood vial and contains 800,000 scoville units of pepper extract.  Yikes!  It's geat as a gift (it's already packing a whole heck of a lot of heat). Just be sure to serve sparingly.  One drop will probably do it for an entire burrito.

What Reviewers Say: 

  • So don't put this on your tongue, it burns. However, this makes a great addition to chili, salsa, and
    other sauce that need to be jacked up....in a big way. Leave it out on your counter as a conversation
    starter, but if you have deregulated beer intake, make sure nobody gets too bold with this stuff
  • I decide to go for Satan's blood but the sauce has solidified because of the cold so I take a wood barbecue stick and dips it in the bottle, bringing some sticky sauce on it and proceed to put it on my tongue. Immediately pain attacks my tongue and the back of my throat, making me caugh
  • As a hot pepper enthusiast, I rate this product as VERY HOT...but not extremely hot. Remember though, like beauty, hotness is in the eye of the beholder. Most people WOULD rate this as EXTREMELY HOT...but I've been a fan of hot foods for decades. I've grown many different peppers including but not limited to jalapeño, Cayenne, and Habañero. Plus, I use extracts like "The Source Collectors Extract"...which is rated at hell fire level 7,100,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU)!!!

Gourmet Cajohns Frostbite White Hot Sauce

Gourmet Cajohns Frostbite White Hot Sauce
700 Bought
48 % Editor Score
90 % User Score

Nothing is cool here - this is extremely hot! Use it in beverages to add some heat to your cocktail - makes a great "hot" martini or margarita. It has 500,000 scoville units!!! Yeouch!!

What Reviewers Say:

  • Like others have stated, this isn't the hottest sauce you'd use. But I think it's a good option to have in your hot sauce collection. It's a very runny sauce that can come out quickly. But it doesn't have a flavor like other sauces I have. I've used it on many dishes and occasionally prefer this sauce to other options like Dave's Insanity. Surprisingly it can pack a nice little punch so don't let the color fool you.
  • Thoroughly enjoying this. Not the hottest sauce around but definitely has a nice burn. And since it's clear and flavorless, you can add it to anything to give it a bit of heat. Try a splash in beer or a shot of whiskey for a new taste experience. A few drops will definitely perk up any dish nicely.
  • it's cool at first then the heat sneaks up on you. everyone in the family loves this white hot sauce.

Blair's Ultra Death Sauce

Blair's Ultra Death Sauce
1,430 Bought
92 % Editor Score
92 % User Score

Use sparingly and at your own risk. The bottle of sauce comes with an awesome skull key chain attached to it - great for a gift as well!

What Reviewers Say:

  • If you have your doubts about my credibility, buy a bottle, shake it up and dip the very tip end of a toothpick into it, put in your mouth and pray that glass of milk you have on hand really does blunt the burn.
  • This sauce is great! The heat is up there with Vicious Viper if anyone is curious. It might even have just a little bit more of a punch. Vicious Viper tastes a lot better, but this stuff is thick and will last a long time because of that. it is thick like "Da Bomb" hot sauce. Now, I'm a true chili head. I have tried all kinds of hot sauce heat levels, but this is the hottest I've tried yet! The only sauces that might be hotter are the reserved ones that are highly concentrated. I haven't tried Mongoose or Black Mamba, so I can't judge on that one. But, this stuff is great!

357 Mad Dog Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

357 Mad Dog Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
1,937 Bought
86 % Editor Score
94 % User Score

Made with the world’s hottest chile pepper, the Bhut Jolokia, this isn’t just super hot, this is the world record killer hot. Open up the Guinness Book of Records and you’ll see, the Ghost Pepper, as many call it, now reigns as the champion. But since you can’t taste a book, taste this. You’ll see. This is scary as it gets! But be careful. Or should we say bhut be careful. Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce may take more than just your breath away.

What Reviewers Say:

  • Hot? No. Getting into a black car in Southern California in the middle of summer is hot. A Starbucks Venti Latte is hot. A steam sauna is hot.
    This is a hospital trip short of simultaneously gargling with lye while grilling your lips on a cast-iron Weber barbeque. A full twenty minutes after I had taken less than 1/4" of a pretzel stick coated in this satanic baby batter, my tongue was searing with a rabid and vicious intensity. The cup of hot drip coffee in my hand? Tried to put out the burn with it. Couldn't even FEEL the coffee touch my tongue
  • I love this sauce! I have quite a collection of hot sauces including Blair's After Death, Dave's Insanity, and Satan's Blood. This sauce is by far my favorite for every-day use. It has excellent flavor and plenty of heat. Blair's After Death is a close second, but it is not as hot and sometimes adds too much flavor for the same amount of heat. This sauce is hot enough to really brighten up a dish without adding overwhelming flavor, but the flavor that it does add is very yummy, subtle, and complex. It is very economical since a few drops tends to be enough for a burrito (even for a 'pepper head'). If you think that Tabasco just tastes like flavored vinegar, you enjoy food that 'bites back' and causes some pain, and you love complex and subtle flavors and aromas, then you should definitely try this sauce.
  • This Hot sauce has a sweet, Barbecue taste to it. The heat is awesome, definetly a kick in the pants! However, this isn't the hottest hot sauce in the world. I think it goes great on many things, and is in my opinion definetly something to add to your hot sauce collection. I will definetly buy this again when I've gone through it

Dave's Gourmet Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

Dave's Gourmet Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
2,436 Bought
86 % Editor Score
96 % User Score

This hot is distinct for the fruity flavor that sits over the top of the sauce's heat. Use one drop at a time and feel the burn!

What Reviewers Say:

  • I had some of this today from a co-worker. It was excellent! I get a laugh at the reviews saying only one drop or that one drop was too much. I mixed about 8-10 drops in with 8oz of shredded chicken and a 1/2 cup rice. It had a great flavor and the spice wasn't over powering. Seemed to have just the right amount of kick in it. By the time you finish eating, your nose is running just enough to need to blow it and your mouth feels like it's glowing. The only issue I had with it was about 7 hours later my stomach was a little upset. After an hour or two I was much better and ready for more.
  • Son can't live without Dave's Gourmet Naga Jholokia (Ghost Pepper) Hot sauce. I tried finding it the regular grocery store in our area and after the third store I finally came back home and got online to Amazon. Nice, Amazon offers everything plus the last grocery store I bought Dave's was a little higher. So I am happy and my son is not complaining any more. Thank you Amazon for offering such wonderful products.
  • This stuff is not to be fooled around with. There should be a warning label on this stuff. This is serious business right here!!

The Source Hot Sauce, 7.1 Million Scoville Units

The Source Hot Sauce, 7.1 Million Scoville Units
7,338 Bought
92 % Editor Score
98 % User Score

You can spice up hundreds of pots of chili with just one ounce. Use only as a food additive, as this stuff is serious business, with over 7 million Scoville units!

What Reviewers Say:

  • I thought I knew "hot"...until I tried "The Source Collectors Extract". This extract is rated at a nuclear 7,100,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU)!! I've tried it both as a food additive and directly on my tongue (DO NOT TRY THE LATTER). This stuff is the hottest of ANY sauce / extract I've ever had...and I've had a lot. There has been a few close seconds but they just didn't quite have the same peak heat or staying power. "The Source" is hot instantly and you think, "WOW, this IS HOT", but then it creeps up on you even more until your reaching for some milk...ice cream...water...anything to make it stop!!!
  • I did about 5 drops of this on a spoon. That pain was nothing compared to what I experienced an hour later. My stomach felt like I swallowed a bunch of razor blades, I almost ended up in the hospital. If you are crazy enough to try this stuff raw spit it out. Don't swallow it, and drink plenty of milk first.
  • I took a toothpick and scraped off a decent sized glob and scraped it onto a tortilla chip and slammed it down the hatch in my kitchen with a smile to the delight of my entourage of friends. Not 10-15 seconds afterward, I realized that I had made a huge mistake. There is not a slow buildup with this stuff like you often get with other extracts. Sucking on the end of a downed power line would probably be a close approximation to what is in store for you if you take too much. Downing milk to help stop the pain of this stuff is about as futile as trying to stop an erupting volcano with a bucket brigade. My nasal passages leaked like a firehose, my eyes felt like I had been sprayed with mace at point blank range, and my insides felt like a had just downed a shot glass full of nerve gas

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