Of all the food trends of 2021—from jarcuterie to boozy kombucha—Americans’ insatiable thirst for all things spicy is perhaps the most apparent. According to Pinterest Predicts, the site’s annual trend forecast, spicy is the new umami, and those who can take the heat have been getting their fix with jalapeño pepper jelly, hot honey and, of course, hot sauce. It’s a condiment as crucial to the pantry as ketchup nowadays, so we took the liberty of sampling a *ton* from brands big and small to narrow down the best hot sauces out there.
To find them, we (and our spice-loving staff) rated them by value, aesthetics and packaging, quality and ingredients, flavor and heat (as in the quality of the heat and how it complements the sauce’s flavor—not how hot it is). Read on for our favorites for wings, tacos and beyond.