You’re that guy, aren’t you, the one with the plastic bag of garden-fresh habenero and ghost chiles in his pocket? Or perhaps you are the girl with travel-sized bottles of hot sauce in her purse. If you consider breaking a sweat essential to the enjoyment of a meal, and you’re always looking for the new way to spice up your wings, barbecue, pizza, and key lime pie, then you are officially a chili head. The following sites will gratify your burning desires with a huge selection of hot pepper sauces, marinades, rubs, snacks, and more.
Okay, there are products here that you have to sign a disclaimer in order to even put them in your shopping basket. Hotsauce.com clearly means business. You can browse their massive inventory of hot sauces by category, brand, pepper, country of origin, heat, and price. Another testament to the seriousness of this site: there are limited edition concoctions that will set you back anywhere between $250 and $600! For the rest of us, there are plenty of goodies at more doable price points. Like six bucks. Hotsauce.com carries well over fifty different brand names and a range of flavors from roasted garlic to raspberry. There are all kinds of snack foods, too, like popcorn, nuts, dips, and lollipops. There are also pages of covetable gift sets for the chili head in your life. If you really want to have fun, check out the YouTube reviews of more than a hundred products available for purchase on the site.
Don’t miss the fringier offerings at Hot Sauce World, like a habenero greenhouse, basil salt, chili pepper lights, and a five-gallon bucket of jerk seasoning. Hot Sauce World offers up all kinds of extras, including sauces by the case, dozens of firey ketchups and mustards, and drink mixers other than bloody mary mix. You can get hot chile spiked mimosa, margarita, mojito, and bellini mix for a sweet and spicy cocktail. There are also tons of snacks, candies, dips, and soup mixes here. And hot sauce. Make that hot sauce galore. The massive inventory of pepper sauces and extracts is organized by heat level. They will ship your order through the USPS and you can consult a chart to determine the approximate arrival of your shipment. All orders are insured, so if any bottles break in transit, you’ll get a replacement ASAP.
Mo Hotta Mo Betta bears the distinction of being among the very first dealers of all things hot and spicy. Their page is nice and slick, with an explanation of heat ratings and Scoville units, a newsletter, and a link to various pages on “Pepperology.” The gift baskets available here are unmatched elsewhere, and include a sampler of barbeque sauces from the best BBQ joints in the country, and a garlic-a-holic’s hot sauce sampler. You can shop this site by pepper, by brand, and by kind. Mo Hotta will ship to anywhere in the world, and shipping charges depend on the cost and quantity of your order. They accept all major credit cards, as well as checks and money orders, and you can order online, by phone, or through the mail.
Take a trip to Hot Sauce Planet and you’ll be rewarded with cool, sci-fi fonts and a pictorial menu separating items like wing sauces, barbecue sauces, bloody mary mixers, and much more. A couple of grill junkies put this site together to share their love of all things hot, spicy, and flame-kissed. The site runs specials and sales all the time, so visit often to nab a bottle of a bright, cilantro-infused green sauce, a standby red, or some tear-jerking capsaicin extract for mere pocket change. If you’re a recent convert to the cult of cayenne, check out the site’s best sellers, and read the descriptions. You’ll not only find descriptions of the flavor profile and heat level of each sauce; you’ll get recommendations for how to use it, aside from splashing it onto a corn chip.
Disregard the early 90s dancing chili icon on this page and trust that everything else at Peppers.com is hip and with it. There are recipes galore on this site that will have you filling your shopping cart with all sorts of suggestively-titled goodies—what is it with spicy food that brings out a fellow’s profane side? There is a nice selection of hot and spicy candies ranging from fiery cinnamon lollipops to habenero jelly beans. You will also find some really interesting condiments: spicy mayonnaise, Jamaican banana ketchup, and Baconnaise! There are spicy pickled everythings here, even dessert hot sauces. You could spend hours here, checking out the endless novelties, and they don’t stop at edibles. Peppers.com also offers apparel, cookware, and special labels for your own concoctions. If you spend over $75, they’ll ship your order for free.
Want to make your own? Then check out Hot Sauce Madness, the sister site of Chili Pepper Madness, where you can find dozens of recipes for hot chili sauces, buffalo wing sauces, reviews of commercial sauces, and all manner of hot sauce trivia to impress your friends as they reel from the mouthful of fire you’ve just fed them. In addition to the straight forward recipes here, you get a sort of explanation of the process of making hot sauce that you can adapt to whatever you have growing in your garden, or find fresh at the farmer’s market. You’ll get tips for making the process as painless as possible—you don’t want to mace yourself by sticking your face in a steaming pot of ghost chiles. You can also read interviews with artisan hot sauce makers, which will allow you to learn from the mistakes and successes of others. This is also a good spot to pick up cookbooks for all your hot and spicy culinary adventures.
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