Momofuku Ssäm Sauce
This Korean sauce, made from a hot pepper seasoning called gochujang, miso, sake, soy sauce, and rice vinegar is David Chang’s secret ingredient at his Momofuku restaurants. It’s tangy and hot but not too hot, with a nice umami punch. Try it on all types of meat, from burgers to pork chops.
To buy: $7.50 for one 11-ounce bottle, momofuku.com.
Yellowbird Jalapeno Condiment
Brightened by a healthy dose of lime juice, this tangy hot sauce is a blend of red jalapenos, carrots, onion and garlic. It’s the consistency of ketchup and comes in a similar squeeze bottle: try using it as a spicy substitute.
To buy: $12 for one 12-ounce bottle, amazon.com.
Secret Aardvark Trading Co. Drunken Jerk Sauce
Jamaican style hot sauce is traditionally used as a marinade for BBQ called “jerk.” This variation made from habanero peppers has a dash of dark rum in it. Use it to marinate chicken, or anything you want to throw on the grill.
To buy: $10 for one 10.5-ounce bottle, heatonist.com.
Heaven Most Hot
Hot heads, this pick is just for you. Spicy habanero peppers hit your mouth with a bold, upfront heat that only grows stronger. A hint of real mango sweetens the deal, and rice vinegar balances out the spicy-sweet potion. Yes, the bottle is small: but you’ll only want to add one drop to a dish.
To buy: $20 for one 4-ounce bottle, heatonist.com.
Cholula Green Pepper Hot Sauce
This Mexican-style hot sauce, from a classic company we love, is made from jalapenos and poblanos. Its heat level is medium, and it is full of fresh green pepper flavor. Delicious on enchiladas, it also makes a fantastic marinade for white fish or a zesty salad dressing addition.
To buy: $7.90 for one 5-ounce bottle, amazon.com.