Remember Raider’s of the Lost Ark where Marion is doing shots with that big guy and wins? That was me in elementary school with my friends. Yeah, it wasn’t the super spicy hot sauces I eat now, but I still felt like a badass sitting opposite my friend downing these little “shots” of hot sauce we got at the Mexican restaurant down the street.
I love hot sauces! Almost as much as hot peppers, Yucatecan food and tequila. Today we’re gonna traverse the hot sauce Scoville scale ranking 11 sauces by heat. Table Of Contents
You may recall from the Scoville scale for peppers that the scale is not very reliable. Pungency rating is based on peoples’ taste buds, their tolerance and if you’re like me, an ego. You can read more about my ego in that article, along with details about Wilbur Scoville, the creator of the Scoville scale, and how the scale measures spiciness.
Hot sauces are a little different. In my research, I found that not all hot sauces do Scoville testing. Some focus more on flavor, not heat. The ones that focused on their Scoville rating fell into one of three categories:
There were also some hot sauces that provided a rating based on the spicy peppers that were used in making it, like Reaper Squeezins, and not a rating based on Scoville testing.
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In this article, we’re going to journey the Scoville scale of hot sauces. From mild to nuclear to you’re gonna lose some brain cells.
Bunsters Black Label Scoville (99,000 SHU)
Next is a hot sauce that’s rated at 99,000 SHU. An import from Australia, Bunsters Black Label Hot Sauce 16/10 has also been featured on Hot Ones. It does not use extracts and instead gets its heat from Birds Eye and Scorpion peppers. The label doesn’t specify, but the website says the “#3 hottest chilli in the world” which means it’s the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.
Tapatio Hot Sauce, 10oz.: Tapatio Hot Sauce entered the business world in 1971, when Mr. Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr. started his company. Still family owned, Tapatio Hot Sauce has never forgotten its humble beginnings and is still one hundred percent committed to our customers. Tapatio is pronounced “Tah-pah-tee-o”, Tapatio signifies a person originating from Guadalajara, a city in the heart of Mexico., Tapatio is gluten free, MSG Free, and Sugar Free.
Tapatío comes in five sizes: 5, 10, and 32 fluid ounces, and 1 gallon (3.785 liters), as well as in 7-gram packets. The sauce overall has a Scoville heat scale rating of 3,000, hotter than Sriracha.
Which is hotter Tabasco or Tapatio?
Is 8000 Scoville hot?
How much Scoville is Takis?