Hot sauces are in. There’s a million guys and gals on YouTube proving their bravery by eating sauces so hot they reliably make you throw up or alternatively shout for joy if you like really, really, really hot sauce. And those sauces are made with ingredients which were a mystery to most of us just a little while ago.
As you would expect NYC is leading the push into extreme hot sauce use. First up The Heatonist located in the ground zero of cool in NYC, Williamsburg. They specialize in small batch hot sauces that make your eyebrows sizzle just looking at the weird ingredients and combinations. There’s Gorilla Sauce (habanero sauce with smoked jalapeno), New Zealand Fire Water (Carolina Reaper Peppers) milder brews such as Drunken Jerk Sauce and the super, super hot Hamajang Kiawe Smoked Ghost Pepper Sauce, see The Heatonist Also see the video which shows the Heatonist staff in action.
At a remove from the Heatonist which offers a broad range of hot sauces are the people who make The Bronx Hot Sauce, a home grown hot sauce that is doing very well indeed. The group that produces it, Small Axe Pepper, gave out heaps of Serrano pepper seedlings to community gardeners in The Bronx and then when the peppers grew bought them back for $4 a pound. They then made a sauce with the Serrano peppers and apple cider, vinegar, garlic, onion and salt.
And the result is The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce which has proved a winner and is selling at 30 different NYC outlets. They plan to up production by enlisting even more community gardens and garneners and all the proceeds go to help the gardens and low income communitites in the Bronx. See The Bronx Hot Sauce
On a price comparison Bronx Hot Sauce sells for $6.99 and the Heatonist sauces go for an average of $12 each. You need to be the judge of flavour, what is hot and what is not in sauces, is a very individual thing.