07/23/2013 09:03 am ET Updated Oct 30, 2013

The Best Hot Sauces To Use When Sriracha Isn't Available (PHOTOS)


I want you to close your eyes. Think back to a time when the words 'hot sauce' meant a lot of different things. Think back to before we were all enchanted by the spell of a rooster, a green cap and a name with too many consonants.

Listen, I love Sriracha in certain applications, but the truth is that we've been over-exposed. (And it's possible that we might even have a sriracha shortage soon!) Sriracha, the spicy, ketchupy, garlicky hot sauce that's taken over the world used to be found mostly in Asian restaurants. Now it's on ice cream, on oatmeal, on our phones, in our water bottles. Sriracha, I love you, but I need a break. I need to remember what it felt like to love other hot sauces -- vinegary ones and peppery ones, thin ones, thick ones. Do you guys feel the same way? Do you need a breather from Sriracha mania? We've compiled a list of what we think are some of the best hot sauces for you to rebound with.

Don't worry, Sriracha will find someone else and be happy. Maybe someday you can even be friends again.

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  • Adoboloco Hot Sauces
    Adoboloco Hot Sauces, $25.99 for a customizable 3-pack These Hawaii-made sauces are relatively new to the game. We love the natural fruitiness (but it's a fiery fruit) in the habanero sauce.
  • Ass Kickin' Horseradish Sauce
    Hot Sauce Mall
    Ass Kickin' Horseradish Sauce, $5.99 on Hot Sauce Mall We have no idea why more hot sauces don't harness the power of horseradish.
  • Busha Browne's Pukka Hot Sauce
    Hot Sauce Mall
    Busha Browne's Pukka Hot Sauce, $6.00 on Hot Sauce Mall
  • Cholula Original Mexican Hot Sauce
    Cholula Original Mexican Hot Sauce, $15.99 for 3 on Amazon
  • Crystal Hot Sauce
    Crystal Hot Sauce, $10.50 on Amazon As far as we're concerned, Crystal is the OG of hot sauces. We eat this stuff on everything. Less vinegar than Tabasco, with a little more heat and chile flavor. Know it. Love it.
  • Dave's Crazy Caribbean
    Dave's Gourmet Specialty Foods
    Dave's Crazy Caribbean, $5.99 on Dave's Gourmet Specialty Foods
  • El Yucateco Hot Green Sauce
  • Frank's Red Hot
    Frank's Red Hot, $10.15 for 120z. on Amazon You may know this as the sauce that makes chicken wings worth eating. Put it on everything else, see if it doesn't improve them.
  • Jerome's Hot Sauce
    Hot Sauce Mall
    Jerome's Hot Sauce, $6.95 on Hot Sauce Mall One of our favorite hot, Caribbean sauces. We have accidentally added too much Jerome's on many occasions. Warning: it's hot.
  • Marie Sharp's Hot Habanero Sauce
  • Melinda's Original Habanero Pepper Sauce
    Hot Sauce Zone
    Melinda's Original Habanero Pepper Sauce, from $1.71 on Hot Sauce Zone
  • Pickapeppa Hot Pepper Sauce
    Hot Sauce Mall
    Pickapeppa Hot Pepper Sauce, $5.50 on Hot Sauce Mall
  • Sambal Oelek Chili Paste
    Sambal Oelek Chili Paste, $10.84 for 6 on Amazon Sriracha's sibling, this thick chili paste has loads more character and more fire. Plus you still get the green top and rooster motif you love so damned much.
  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce
    Hot Sauce Mall
    Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce, $6.50 on Hot Sauce Mall Don't say we didn't warn you.
  • Sunchang Gochujang
    Sunchang Gochujang, $13.59 on Amazon This chili paste made with glutinous rice is a Korean staple. Do not eat bibimbap without it.
  • Tabasco
    Tabasco, $7.25 on Amazon Sometimes you just need this old, vinegary friend. We won't drink a Bloody Mary without it.
  • Tapatio Salsa Picante
    Hot Sauce Mall
    Tapatío Salsa Picante, $2.99 on Hot Sauce Mall
  • Texas Pete
    Texas Pete, $17.06 for a 6-pack on Amazon
  • Trappey's Red Devil
    Trappey's Red Devil, $9.96 for 2 on Amazon This stuff is mean. We love it.