05/14/2014 11:40 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The 7 Underrated Hot Sauces You Need to Buy Now


Most hot sauce addicts already have a preferred poison, but a true Scoville junkie is always looking for a new fix.

To offer a few alternatives to mainlining Sriracha or huffing Frank's, we visited the Tears of Joy Hot Sauce Shop in Austin, Texas and had their staff pick out seven little-known hot sauces that could pucker the palate of even the pickiest sauce fiend.


Secret Aardvark Drunken Garlic Black Bean Sauce

With a name like Secret Aardvark, you're either a comic book villain or were born to celebrity parents. And while it will certainly antagonize your thirst, this whiskey-spiked sauce outta Portland -- along with its hugely popular habanero counterpart -- is served on the table of over 100 fine local establishments, but rarely seen in cities that don't have excellent bicycle infrastructure.


Pain is Good Habanero Garlic Salsa

An imprint of Kansas City hot sauce titans Original Juan, the small batch Pain is Good line is composed of well-balanced, but seriously masochistic sauces ranging from Habanero Garlic Salsa to Sweet Caribbean Jerk Screamin' Wing Sauce.

More: 5 Things You Need to Know to Make Your Own Hot Sauce


Matouk's Trinidad Scorpion Pepper Sauce

Replacing the brand's West Indian Flambeau as the spiciest in their line, the Trinidad and Tobago-based company's Scorpion Pepper Sauce will obliterate your spice tolerance, but, unlike many dangerously-hot sauces, it doesn't take a scorched earth policy when it comes to flavor.

Find out the other hot sauces you need to buy right now, including a pumpkin sauce, a hot sauce that uses the hottest pepper in the world, and plenty more!

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