Hot sauce, like all condiments, holds the power to enhance a dish or the risk of totally overwhelming it. But its invigorating, enjoyable physiological effects are unique, as capsaicin triggers nerve receptors like an actual burn.
Finding the best hot sauce for you, or for your dish, is all about having fun, says Chaimberg. “It’s about discovery and exploring and learning something new in a fun environment. As long as it tastes good to you, you’re doing the right thing.”
It helps to have a few ideas of what you’re looking for in order to get started, so we tasted through a huge selection in a variety of different styles in order to find the best hot sauces. Start by sampling a few stand-outs, and maybe you’ll be inspired to even make your own.
Best Mild Sauce: Marie Sharp’s Mild Habanero Sauce
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