Not surprisingly, the Ghost hot sauce is made with the Ghost Pepper. Also not surprising is the heat. Although not a hiccup maker, this sauce is certainly much hotter than most commercial sauces. What was surprising is its flavor.
Holy Jolokia Wing Sauce was created by the Chile Pepper Institute of New Mexico University and CaJohn’s Fiery Foods. Its main ingredient is ghost pepper and its flavor really lives up to that name. This is not the watered down concoction that Popeye’s wings are coated in. This is the real deal, true to the flavor of the ghost pepper.
Flashbang hot sauce gets my first negative review to date. It starts off something like this: Oh dear God why? I do not think this should be called a hot sauce at all, it is an extract that pretends to be a hot sauce. With that in mind, one positive thing I can say about it is that if you are looking for pure heat to add to your own creations this is one of the most affordable ways to purchase capsicum as a food additive.
Our bottle of Ghost Fire hot sauce warns that it is “painfully addictive”. Addictive yes, but not so painful to a fan of hot foods. I found this hot sauce to be downright pleasant in the heat category. Even off the spoon it did not send me screaming for a beverage. This is not the type of sauce that needs to be blended with other things. It is great drizzled by itself over fries or pizza. This sauce is condiment more than it is a cooking ingredient like some of the over the top hiccup makers.
Red Tail hot sauce is based on the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper and it shows that well in more than just its heat. The flavor of the scorpion pepper is distinct despite all of its heat. This is not a sauce for the timid. It is one of the hottest non-extract based sauces I have sampled thus far.