3. Nine Mile Sun is Shining Hot Sauce
This mango-ginger-curry hot sauce is made with yellow bell and scotch bonnet peppers, as well as sustainably grown non-GMO hemp seed oil. Garlic, turmeric, and onion round out the ingredients in this one-of-a-kind sauce that pairs particularly well with Indian food, meatloaf, and vegetarian-friendly nutloafs. This Asheville restaurant also makes tomatillo-forward Hempress Rising and smoky Red-I Hot Sauce. Buy ’em for $11 a pop, or snag The Trinity for $30.[$11; ninemileasheville.com]
4. TRUFF Hot Sauce Variety Pack
This trio of hot sauces includes the brand’s truffle hot sauces in Original, Hotter, and White Truffle. Personally, we’re partial to the original with its inimitable medley of red chili peppers, black truffle, spices, and a bit of agave nectar, but experiment with all three to see which you like best. Tack on a few jars of the brand’s pasta sauce (Black Truffle Pomodoro or Black Truffle Arrabbiata; $30 for two jars) and thank us later.[$70; truff.com]
5. Hot N Saucy Beet N Fresno
We love Hot N Saucy’s Garlic N Peperoncini, Sweet Potato N Habanero, Black Garlic N Peri Peri, and Collards N Ghost, but if we had to pick just one, Beet N Fresno would be our top choice. All of its sauces are vegan except for Garlic N Peperoncini, and handcrafted by Harlem-based Chef Sam Davis-Allonce with fresh, local ingredients. With a touch of earthiness from the beets, we love this hot sauce on mushroom quesadillas, avocado toast, and even in salad dressings for a bit of heat. For a gift, try the hot sauce flavor pack ($30).