Hot Sauce Tier List

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  • Bravado Spice Co. Jalapeño and Green Apple: B-Tier. Unique sour flavor and texture, but not much heat.
  • Cholula Chili Garlic: C-Tier. Not much heat, but has a decent flavor.
  • Cholula Chili Lime: C-Tier. Not much heat either, but you can slather a bunch on whatever pairs well with lime.
  • Dave’s Gourmet Creamy Garlic Red Pepper: D-Tier. It sounds great, but it sucks. Zero heat.
  • Deathwish Habanero: C-Tier. Nice flavor and decent heat, but the name is a bit hyperbolic.
  • Dr. Assburn’s Fire Roasted Habanero: C-Tier. Nice bottle design, decent heat, and the pepper seeds add a nice texture.
  • Good & Gather Creamy Chipotle: C-Tier. No heat, but a decent flavor.
  • Good & Gather Jalapeno: D-Tier. No spice and barely any flavor.
  • Good & Gather Spicy Roja: C-Tier. Eh. Goes okay with eggs.
  • Irish Scream: B-Tier. Nice flavor. Not much heat, but good all around.
  • Melinda’s Ghost Pepper: C-Tier. It’s certainly spicy, but the flavor is just okay.
  • Melinda’s Mango Habanero: D-Tier. The deal-breaker is the astonishingly crappy bottle design. It’s a small glass bottle with a tiny opening, but the sauce is thick; the result is that you’ll have to shake the bottle furiously to get out a few globs, leaving a mess. Why? Who made this? Glass bottles with small openings are meant for runny hot sauces that can drip out easily like Tabasco, not thick hot sauces. Oh, and there’s zero heat; the label is misleading and makes it look like the heat level is at a 4/5 rather than a 1/5. The “1/5” heat rating is represented with four bright white flames and one poorly contrasting gray one. Smdh.
  • Old Bay Hot Sauce: B-Tier. Great flavor, but not much heat. A little pricey.
  • Secret Aardvark Serrabanero: D-Tier. Honestly, it’s a huge disappointment. There’s nowhere near as much flavor as the Habanero variant, and the heat isn’t really there. For $8, I’d give it a hard pass.
  • See Jane On Fire Hot Sauce – Burn Jane Burn: B-Tier. Packs a lot of heat and flavor in a few drops.
  • Seoul Kimchi Sweet & Spicy: D-Tier. I’ve never been crazy about the flavor of kimchi; this hot sauce didn’t change my mind.
  • Tabasco Cayenne Garlic: B-Tier. Unique flavor, decent heat.
  • Yellowbird Habanero Condiment: C-Tier. Good heat, but the flavor isn’t anything to write home about. It’s got the same texture as Sriracha, which I would pick over this one.


  • Louisiana/Tapatío: S-Tier. Cheap, flavorful, and packing a decent heat. Flawless hot sauces, as far as I’m concerned.
  • Secret Aardvark Habanero: A-Tier. Really good for something that could be reduced to spicy ketchup, but the price is ludicrous. $8 for a tiny bottle? I could get much more bang for my buck in Louisiana or Tapatío.
  • Louisiana Crystal: D-Tier. Not to be confused with Louisiana. Crystal isn’t terrible … just meh, along with every other sauce in this tier. Zero heat. You can’t even taste the garlic in the garlic variant!
  • Cholula Green Pepper: D-Tier. Honestly, I’m just not a fan of Cholula’s “sour” flavor. The Original is better.
  • Why is nothing in E-Tier? I have yet to encounter a hot sauce that genuinely disgusts me; although I haven’t tried it, everything I’ve heard about Da Bomb suggests it might fit there.

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