Reviewing My Hot Sauce Collection

Hey guys, today we are looking into all of the hot sauces I own. I did this based on flavour, not heat measures. I believe that hot sauces are only good if they taste good, and I tried to recommend foods that these sauces can be paired with. Please enjoy and let me know which is your favourite sauce or recommend new sauces to me, because I love sauces and will likely buy them off your recommendations.

I can not tell you how long it took to write this, as I re-tried every sauce to be accurate and it did give me a very strong stomach ache after ingesting 20 sauces in a row. I strongly recommend never doing that. It’s okay though, because I love hot sauces, so below are somewhere around 40 sauces that I have and have taste tested for your reading pleasure.

Paddy O’s Potion is a very mild sauce with a watery consistency that makes a wonderful vinaigrette for salads. Its prime flavour is carrot, though the grapefruit can be found in the medley of flavours and there is a sharpness with the vinegar.


Crystal Hot Sauce is a true Louisiana sauce with a sharp vinegar flavour that is followed with mild heat. It makes for a wonderful wing sauce and bakes well on chicken breasts. If you like franks, this tastes very much like it with the addition of a tomato flavour. If you wanted a spicy gumbo, this is the perfect sauce for it.


Dirty Dicks has a vulgar name but a sweet flavour. It has a lot of fruit flavours as it has mangoes, bananas and pineapple in its recipe, but it is evened out with garlic and tomato, which makes it a wonderfully balanced sauce. It’s sticky, sweet and moderately spicy that can be put on just about anything. Hot dogs, pork, vegetables and cheeses all pair wonderfully with this sauce.


Once again with the vulgar name but a sweet taste. This Caribbean Dream sauce embraces smokey flavours mixed with the richness of a thick mustard. It’s sweetness comes from the pears, peaches, apple and pineapple in the recipe that are counterbalanced with smokey habanero, mustard and apple cider vinegar. This sauce sticks me as good for sandwiches, meats and roasted vegetables.


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El Yucateco produces a lot of hot sauces, but their Chile Habanero is a smokey masterpiece perfect for ground beef, grilled fish and roasted potatoes. It has a strong smokey flavour that veils most of the vinegar flavour in the sauce. The flavour is simple as it tastes almost entirely of habanero and garlic which makes it versatile, as garlic and habanero compliment most flavours.


Marie Sharp’s Belizean Heat is another Louisiana style hot sauce without the strong vinegar flavour that has a good tomato flavour backing it up. The lime comes through subtly as do the carrots, making it an upgraded version of Franks.


Rogue is a sweet and fruity sauce with heat to back it up. The pears in the sauce come through quickly and the heat follows up in seconds. It mixes well with mayonnaise to make a quick and simple dip for vegetables and chips.


Bigfat’s is a company that leans into smokey flavour and this one follows suit. With a strong chipotle flavour mixed with smoke makes for a fantastic addition to meats.


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Black Garlic and Carolina Reaper has strong heat, deep pepper flavour and is very versatile. This sauce goes well with just about anything. With the flavour being nearly entirely that of peppers, it can be added to most dishes, as it won’t muddle the flavour while adding heat. There is a slight black garlic flavour with it’s caramelized umami, but it is by no means overwhelming.


Ako Miso is perfect for anything that needs umami and soy flavours. It is great in ramen, on fish and in rice dishes with fish in them. Not versatile outside of this realm, but if you like this flavour palette, it’s worth purchasing.


This sauce doesn’t actually seem to be a hot sauce as there is little to no heat in it. It is milder than Sriracha and Franks. It does have a pleasant tomato flavour that is perfect for adding to a boring or chunky salsa.


Truff brings the earthy flavour of truffles into your sauce. While the flavour could be compared to a sweeter and spicier bean flavour, there is a complexity to the sauce that makes it incredibly delicious. The consistency is thicker than most, making it an excellent sauce addition to pasta as it sticks well. This sauce is often unfairly judged on its first tasting due to the unfamiliar flavour of truffle, but you will quickly change your mind and learn to love it.


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Shaquandas has a sweet pickle flavour that is complemented with the carrot, tomato and lemon that sneak along with it. While it is a sweeter sauce, I have enjoyed it coated on baked chicken, on pork and as a dip for chips.


The first thing you taste when you try Kat’s Eye is the smokey lime flavour. It’s a simple sauce that uses cilantro as a driving flavour force. If you enjoy smokey flavour and herbaceous notes, this sauce is for you.


The driving flavour is this sauce is tomato, but it doesn’t outshine the turmeric, mustard and carrots that make up the rest of the flavour. A mild and versatile sauce that is rightly held in high opinion.


As you might have guessed, the more potent flavour is the ginger. It pairs well with the scotch bonnet to make this mild sauce that pairs well with jellies, cheeses, cured meats, chips and mangoes.


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Joy Ride is a simple and mild sauce that tastes mostly of bell peppers and oregano. It’s simplicity makes it incredibly versatile as it is a good addition to every meal I have added it to. It is also thin enough and flavourful enough to make for a lovely salad vinaigrette.


A very strong tomato flavoured sauce that has a little heat. It marinates chicken well.


This sauce stays true to its chipotle flavour, adding a little smoke and sweetness that balances the whole flavour well. It is a little spicy but makes a great addition to chicken burgers, fries, sandwiches and cheeses.


The first time I tried this sauce it nearly killed me with heat. To this day I think it is a very hot sauce that bites without any sweetness to even it out. If you like a sauce that is harsh and very peppery, this one is for you.


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Dawsons is the one sauce I have where I can taste an oil. The first thing I taste is olive oil, quickly followed by sugar and habanero. It has a sharp vinegar heat that we find in Louisiana style sauces.


A sweet pickle flavour that’s mixed in a chipotle flavour that mixes beautifully with mayonnaise to make chip dips and it marinates well on chicken.


This is a truly unique sauce that brings a lovely minty flavour forward on a herbaceous base. This pairs so well with pork, especially cured pork. The spicy level is perfect for nearly everyone.


This is an incredibly hot sauce that should not be used unless you are very used to very spicy food and shouldn’t be used undiluted. It has a simple earthy pepper flavour that lends well to mayo based sauces and mustard bases.


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The primary flavour that comes through on this sauce is the cherry flavour. It isn’t overly sweet and it has a lovely minty-ness. It pairs well with hard cheeses and the odd dessert item.


This sauce is the perfect blend of sweet sauce, smokey flavour and almost chipotle. It comes together to taste like a fantastic hot rib sauce.


This is my absolute favourite Louisiana sauce. It has a strong smack of tomato, followed with sweetness from the sugar, a little kick of tamarind, a bite from the vinegar and a great smokey garlic flavour.


This sauce is not good. It actually tastes like battery acid.


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Very simple sauce with a earthy pepper flavour. It is very hot and should not be used by those who can’t tolerate spicy food.


A very fresh habanero and pineapple favour that hit hard with heat, the sweetness sneaks in and it ends in a smokey finish.


This sauce has the indentical flavour to the 708 7 Pot. Its a sweet chipotle flavour that is marginally hotter than the original 708.


A simple sauce that includes oranges, carrots and tomatoes to combat the heat of the ghost peppers in this recipe.


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A strong sauce with a simple blend of ginger, cayenne, habanero and guava. This sauce uses an extract so expect a strong burn.


This is an interesting sauce that combines avocado and ginger to little success. I find it to have a dirt flavour mixed with a vinegar bite that just isn’t pleasant.


This sauce has a sweet blueberry flavour that is matched by a wall of heat. I haven’t found a lot of good pairings for this sauce outside of making dips for plain chips.


A smokey sauce that has a creeping sweetness. Don’t be fooled though, the heat builds slowly but steadily. It has a bit of an artificial flavour that makes it hard to pair.


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A neutral sauce that has sweetness equal to heat and savoury taste. With mustard, sesame, onion, garlic and honey, this sauce makes for an excellent wing sauce.


A sauce with a very natural medley of pepper flavours that doesn’t compromise heat. With lime and garlic it is a very versatile sauce that adds a healthy amount of heat.


A well balanced sauce that has strong heat, a natural fruit sweetness and a raw pepper that makes for a great sauce.


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A sauce that immediately hits with some spicy but follows up with a mild honey and pineapple flavour. Its simple and yummy.


Reviewing Bigfat’s Hot Sauces

In this review I am starting with the mildest of the sauces and working my way to the hottest at the bottom. Unfortunately Scoville units aren’t available for all these sauces so I am using their heat scale that is posted on their bottles.

Eva Blakeman – Bigfats Hot Sauces

Bigfat’s Joy Ride

A basic sauce without a lot of heat that brings beautiful bell pepper flavour. A perfect addition to a bland salsa or to use as a dip. It embraces the smokey flavour of the habanero, as I have found most of the Bigfat’s sauces do. It has a nice blend of garlic and oregano that adds a depth to its flavour. 

Bigfat’s Kats Eye

This blend of poblano and habanero mixed with herbs and spices leans into the smokey flavour with a subtle hint of cilantro that adds well to the overall herbaceous flavour of the sauce. This would pair beautifully with smoked meats and would make for an interesting dip as it doesn’t have enough heat to stop people from enjoying it.

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Bigfat’s Double Dark

This blend of coriander, sage, cherry balsamic vinegar and black pepper rolls through your mouth. The mint and cherry comes through, making it a wonderful addition to hard cheeses and other rich foods. I could see it pairing well with grilled fruits.

Bigfat’s Dream Dragon

This chipotle pepper mix is reminiscent of a rib sauce with it’s sweet flavour but the smoked chipotle flavour comes through, making it potentially the best rib sauce you have ever had. It has a wonderful mix of sweet and spicy flavours that will make your mouth water.

Bigfat’s Harissa Style 

The coriander, fennel and rosehips makes this a very fragrant and herbal sauce that would make a wonderful marinade. I love it in a sandwich with aged cheddar on fresh bread but could see it being very versatile despite it’s minty and herbaceous flavours. There are layers of complexity to this sauce that makes it truly unique. 

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Bigfat’s 608 Pineapple Habanero 

This is a true pineapple hot sauce with a sweet start and a spicy finish. This sauce is reaching a point where heat may become uncomfortable for those who don’t often consume spicy food, but for a hot sauce lover, this sauce makes a wonderful addition to the collection as it is versatile and delicious. This sauce also leans into the smokey flavour.

Bigfat’s 708 7-Pot Citrus

A sweet sauce that tastes of yum yum pickles and smoked chipotle. It’s great sauce to mix with mayonnaise for dips or over chicken. It’s heat level is likely higher than the average individual would enjoy, but for those who love the heat, this sauce is a fantastic addition to your collection.

Bigfat’s 708 Epic Series – Optimus Primo 

This sauce is almost identical to the Bigfat’s 708 7-Pot Citrus sauce with the distinction that the pepper used is hotter. This is a sweet smoked chipotle flavour that is guaranteed to add kick to your meal. 

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Bigfat’s 808 Naga Jolokia 

A mix of three peppers that has a strong chili flavour. I didn’t find it to be overly hot, but the richness of the pepper comes in an earthy flavour. 

Bigfat’s 808 Epic Series Octo Maximus 

This sauce is hot. So incredibly hot. Aside from the heat, there is a great blend of peppers that has an earthy and rounded out flavour. But mostly, it’s really really hot.

Let me know your favourite hot sauce in the comments and please recommend new sauces to me. So far I have a collection of around 40 sauces, but I love trying new ones and playing with their flavours.

A story of why I have so many hot sauces:

Many months ago my fiancé bought this silly little sauce called “No Joke” from our local grocery store, which we tried but laughed at because there was no noticeable heat. We were disappointed so we went out looking for hotter sauces available in our city. Unfortunately we couldn’t find anything hotter than sriracha so we went online and discovered the endless sea of sauces.

We put an order in with Hot Sauce Unlimited and were happy to find extra sauces in the box when we opened it. They often send promotional sauces with your order, so we got to enjoy 6 sauces instead of just the 4 we had ordered. As we kept ordering new sauces to try, they kept sending extra sauces with our orders, so our collection grew quickly. Unfortunately my mail lady thinks that we are insane, as every time I see her she is handing me another box of hotter sauces. The last time she delivered a box, she expressed her concern for our health, but hopes we get to keep enjoying our spicy food. Our hottest sauce at the moment is our 808 Epic Series Octo Maximus. Our worst sauce is Da Bomb Ground Zero (seen below), as it has a terrible flavour that doesn’t mask the heat at all, but rather adds to the discomfort.

Once we had gotten to around 20 sauces, we decided we didn’t need hotter sauces, we needed different sauces. Most sauces are tomato and garlic mixed with other flavours, but we wanted variety, so we started ordering sauces that sounded unique, or who used different ingredients in their recipes. This has lead us to some great sauces, but also to some that are just not versatile that we have a hard time pairing. The prime example of a hard to pair sauce is our Blueberry Hell sauce (seen below).

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Reviewing Hot Sauces

So Ryan and I love hot sauces and eat a lot of them, which has lead to us now owning over 40 hot sauces. This is part two of our series of videos reviewing sauces. Some we blind taste test, others we just discuss. This time around Blair’s Mega Death Sauce with Liquid Rage was our hottest sauce, sitting at 550,00 SHU, and it burnt my tongue like you wouldn’t believe.

Please let me know your favourite hot sauce in the comments and if you have ever found a sauce that is just too hot for you.

Since filming this video, I have acclimated to the Blairs, and can now enjoy it in small amounts without suffering, but I will admit that no sensible person would every need this sauce in their life.

Sriracha

A simple sriracha sauce with a lot of strong pepper flavour without much sweetness that suits almost anything. To explain the flavour, I would call it a beautiful blend of bell pepper and sriracha pepper flavour.

Secret Aardvark

This is a well loved sauce as it isn’t too hot and is bursting with flavour. It describes itself as a Caribbean Tex Mex with it’s blend of turmeric, mustard, peppers, spices and sweet flavours.

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Shaquandas Hot Pepper Sauce

A unique sauce with strong carrot flavour that mixes well with the heat it brings. It has a sweet pickled flavour that yields well to chicken.

El Yucateco – Habanero XXXtra Hot

This sauce has a smokey flavour that could be added to any grilled or sautéed dish. While it does have a good kick of heat, it isn’t unreasonable for the average consumer.

Blairs Original Death Sauce

This sauce has a strong chipotle flavour that pairs well with hard cheeses and red meats. That being said, anything you would put chipotle on, you can enjoy this sauce on.

Bravado Spice Co. – Ako Miso

This sauce has heat and is very umami. It tastes strongly of miso and is excellent for adding to seafood and ramen dishes. I could see it being appealing on a variety of fried noodle dishes, but it isn’t a sauce I particularly enjoy, due to my personal dislike of umami.

PexPepper – Painapple

This sauce has three ingredients. Reaper chili, honey and pineapple. The pineapple and honey come through strongly and are backed with intense heat. This sauce is probably hotter than the average individual would enjoy, but for heat enthusiasts, this sauce is a great addition to meals and dishes that need a little fire without a lot of strong conflicting flavours.

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Da Bomb – Ground Zero

I can’t say a single good thing about this sauce. It tastes bad, the texture is uncomfortable, and without good flavour, the heat is just unjustified.

Mad Dog 357

This sauce tastes like a spicy Yum Yum pickle. There is no strong vinegar flavour, but a sweet underlying flavour that compliments the heat so perfectly that the sauce is very enjoyable on it’s own as well as paired with anything you would enjoy sweet pickles with.

Blairs Mega Death Sauce with Liquid Rage

This sauce is very very strong. It states that you should not eat it undiluted. While the flavour is simple, the heat is almost unbearable. Since the filming of this video I have increased my heat tolerance, which allows me to enjoy Blairs Mega Death, but I don’t think anyone who is adding hot sauce for flavour would use this sauce. This sauce is great for those who want to push the limits of heat, but the average person should steer clear.

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Top 4 Yummiest Hot Sauces

Hey guys,

Ryan and I have been getting a little obsessed with hot sauces, trying hotter and hotter ones trying to find the yummiest sauces with real heat. At this moment we have three of the Blair’s Hot Sauces shipping to us. We have found that once you get over 100,000 Scovilles it becomes difficult to find sauces that have really good flavour, so this list consists of sauces under 100,000. Not to say that they can’t have good flavour, but we haven’t found any at this point I would put on this list.

El Yucateco – XXXTRA HOT CHILE HABANERO

Eva Blakeman – El Yucateco

This habanero hot sauce has kick with a Scoville of 11,000 but doesn’t skimp on flavour. This is one of the few sauces we didn’t have to order as you can usually find this brand in shops. It has a strong habanero scent mixed with a faint smell of sweetness. On the tongue it will cause a small amount of burning, but the fullness of the onion, tomato and blend of spices really bring the flavour. It is the perfect sauce to add to salsa or pico de gallo as it shares similar ingredients.

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Bravado Spice Co. Black Garlic Carolina Reaper

Eva Blakeman – Bravado Spice Co

This hot sauce does not pull its punches with a Scoville of 71,000. It has simple ingredients without any note of artificial flavour or preservatives. It contains red serrano pepper, Carolina reaper, roasted garlic, maple syrup and black pepper, as well as some salt and vinegar. The blend of the two peppers with the garlic gives a well rounded and robust flavour. Admittedly I can’t taste any maple syrup in the sauce, but I imagine it’s doing its job in there. I like coating chicken in this sauce before baking because it really adds to the chicken. I also think it’s great addition to a charcuterie board (if your guests like spicy food).

Dirty Dicks Hot Sauce

Eva Blakeman – Dirty Dicks Hot Sauce

Forgive the name, as this sauce has a beautiful blend of sweet and spicy flavours. It comes in at 21,000 Scoville but doesn’t leave a burn on your tongue. Once again this sauce has no extra ingredients for preservation or artificial flavours. Dirty Dicks has a unique blend of banana, mangos, pineapple, brown sugar, raisins, onion, garlic and habanero peppers. It is an unrivalled sauce that can really go with anything. It goes beautifully with most cheeses, vegetables, pork and chicken. I could see this being mixed into a strong drink for kick.

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Torchbearer – Son Of Zombie

(Sorry no image, we finished the bottle before I could take a picture, not to worry though, we have another on the way!)

This sauce is a combination of three flavours. Chipotle BBQ, Honey Garlic and Torchbearers famous Zombie Apocalypse sauce. This is Ryans all time favourite sauce because it’s flavour is so strong he can mix it into mayonnaise for his wraps without losing flavour. It comes in at 24,ooo Scoville but doesn’t cause pain. I’ve only had it a couple of times, but found it to be a perfect smokey blend.

I hear the Secret Ardvaark is incredible as well, and I have a bottle on the way, but until I can try it for myself I won’t say if it’s good or not. Ryan and I love spicy food and eat hot sauce daily, so over time I think I’ll make new hot sauces posts. I am very excited to try some of the ones we ordered as they vary from 10,000-550,000 Scoville. I know not everyone is a hot sauce lover, just as some people don’t care for wine, but I think both are made with love and a lot of art by their creators. Believe it or not, I think a good hot sauce and wine can pair beautifully.

Eva Blakeman – 4 Yummiest Hot Sauces

Trying A Bunch Of Hot Sauces

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This past week Ryan and I decided to taste increasingly hot hot sauces together and it was a ride. Though I didn’t seem to get any ill effects from the challenge, Ryan has a bit of a harder time. It was fun nonetheless.


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No Joke hot sauce is not what I would call a hot sauce. It was packed full of flavours that were incredibly reminiscent of salsa. I would be excellent to add to a salsa to add more flavour without any heat.

Red Hot Sauce is a staple for a lot of people. For those who haven’t tried it, it has a very strong vinegar flavour that pairs well with pork and butter. Not a lot of heat as it sits at 450 SHU. I personally find the vinegar flavour effects me a lot more than the heat in this sauce.

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Siracha, also known as rooster sauce, has a wonderful spicy flavour with a smooth but bumpy texture. It pairs very well with mild cheeses and deli meats, making it a great addition to charcuterie boards. It comes in at 2200 SHU.

Dirty Dicks Hot Sauce may have a vulgar name, but it’s flavour is great. Perfect to add to your burger with its citrus and sweet flavours paired with good heat. Almost tasting of roasted pineapples it is just delicious. It comes in at 21000 SHU.

Son Of Zombie comes in at 24000 SHU and it comes packing with a strong, rich flavour. A honey garlic with a kick kind of taste that would go well with just about anything!


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Karma was a surprise to us. We ordered the sauces online and they sent it to us for free.It is marketed as a butternut squash flavour but I tasted more fruity sweetness that would pair very well with pork. It came in at 56000 SHU.

Bravado Black Garlic Carolina Reaper sauce tastes nothing like garlic, but did have a fairly strong barbecue sauce scent and flavour. It holds itself at 71000 SHU which is considered to be fairly high for the average person.

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Zombie Apocalypse had a great creamy texture and a really rounded out flavour with carrots and and orange really peaking through the habanero and buht joloka peppers. It sits at 100000 SHU and while it has some kick to it, I would recommend it on a chicken burger. The greasiness of the chicken would pair beautifully with this sauce.

Torchbearer Garlic Reaper Sauce has the best blend of garlic and Carolina reaper peppers. It was smooth, savoury and really had a good kick of heat. I can’t imagine the possibilities when pairing this with foods. It does come in at 116000 SHU so the heat might be a little high for the average consumer, but for hot sauce lovers, it is amazing.

Overall I love spicy foods and hot sauces because they make a simple meal into something incredible. Ryan may have suffered more than me during our look into hot sauces but I look forward to trying hotter sauces down the line.