Enter with caution! Have you ever tried spicing up your chicken wings or paneer chilli a notch higher? Have you put your life at risk by participating in one of those spicy food challenges to avail yourself of a free meal at restaurants and couldn't stop reaching for the tissues or water? Well, as much fun as it may sound, some of these sauces can literally overthrow your digestive system off balance. If you are a sauce connoisseur, then some of the sauces on the list might seem familiar to you. Put aside beginner-level sauces like chipotle, southwest, or even sriracha for that matter, as these can literally (and we mean, literally) kill you. Michelin-starred British chef Gordon Ramsay, Idris Elba, Ed Sheeran, and Billie Eilish would vouch for it (courtesy Hot Ones)! The spiciest sauce on earth – Mad Dog 357 Plutonium No. 9 comes at 9 million Scoville Hotness Units (SHUs) – measurement of pungency or spiciness.
Let us just clarify, if you find the certain piri piri condiment of a famed burger joint spicy, then this is certainly not your cup of tea or hot sauce. If you still intend to dock your pantries with some of the spiciest hot sauces of the world and are brave enough to try for yourself, here is a list of eight such sauces that are not so much as sauces as they are death wishes…
Mad Dog 357 Plutonium No. 9
With 60 per cent pure capsicum and standing at 9 million SHU, this sauce stands unbeaten in the race for the spiciest sauce in the world. If that’s not all, it comes with a bolded red warning stating ‘do not consume directly, use it as a food additive only’! It does exactly what it states — blow you and your tasting buds away!
Da Bomb Beyond Insanity Hot Sauce
Made with habanero and chipotle peppers, this gluten-free, keto and sugar-free sauce has brought many to tears, including PCJ, Ed Sheeran, and made Gordon Ramsay literally cry on live television (yes, Hot Ones again)! Put it on anything – wings, vegetables, soups, seafood, and steak and wait for the person to come to tears. Not for the weak-hearted!
Get Bitten Black Mamba 6 Hot Sauce
No, it doesn’t have the real black mamba (or does it?) in its ingredients but something as dangerous! Chocolate habaneros, vinegar and capsaicin – an extract from chilli peppers which is responsible for causing the burning sensation on consumption – contribute to its potency that stands at whopping 6 million SHU, in close quarters with the Mad Dog 357.
Truff White Truffle Hot Sauce
A curated blend of ripe chilli peppers, organic agave nectar from Jalisco in Mexico, white truffle, and a hint of organic coriander, this sauce renders different levels of umami. It stands at 2500-3000 SHU which is manageable but still burn-worthy.
Again, a hot favourite of the show Hot Ones, Los Calientes is now produced by Hot Ones itself. Soul-chilling ingredients like green serrano, apple cider, agave nectar, tomatillo, black pepper and celery seed are some that render its unique taste that sat well with everybody who came on the show. It’s a medium-level hot sauce although it is still considered milder. You will not break a sweat, but you will definitely feel the tingling sensation thanks to the smoked serrano. Our suggestion? Try it on tacos and you’ll never go back!
Naagin Hot Sauce
Back home in the land of spices and herbs, it would be impossible that we lag in the spiciest anything contest! Naagin Hot Sauce is a homegrown and first Indian hot sauce brand that produces these with locally grown chillies, no artificial flavours, 100 per cent vegan, and real vegetables! The Original, Katha Bomb, Smoky Bhoot are the three flavours that you can choose from or if you are feeling confident – then all three!
Sprig Chipotle Adabado Mexican Chilli Sauce
If you want smoky and earthy flavour profiles to your dish with sense-shattering spiciness, then this one is your go-to. The chipotles that go into making this sauce are first dried to get rid of the moisture in the chilli and to intensify the flavour profile. This sauce uses the specific and finest red jalapeño pepper infused with a bit of pineapple juice to give a slight burst of sweetness in the madness. Use it as a table sauce, use it in stews, chicken wings, soups and if you’re up for a risk – then you can taste it as is but of course, in a very limited quantity.
ENE Bhut Jolokia Sriracha Chili Sauce
This freshly-made hot and peppery-flavoured hot sauce is as spicy as it can get and as spicy as you can take! Bhut Jolokia or ghost pepper, native to India and grown in the northeast, is a hybrid of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens. Life tip: Eating a bhut jolokia can actually kill you. Yes, you read that right. In 2016, a man died of a torn esophagus due to retching after consuming pureed bhut jolokia. So, proceed with caution! The ENE sauce is a multi-cuisine additive and can be used in Indian, continental, Chinese and Lebanese.
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