DIY Hot Sauce Tasting Challenge

If you’re looking to do something a bit different this coming Braai Day, why not try a hot sauce tasting! Challenge your family and friends to try the hottest sauces you have, and see who can handle the heat!

Here are some awesome ways to set up your own hot sauce tasting at home:

Boerewors Rolls

Cut a boerewors roll into smaller pieces and pour a different hot sauce onto each piece. Try starting with a mild sauce and work your way up to a Carolina Reaper or Ghost pepper!

Chicken Wings

Most hot sauce challenges use chicken wings, and they are really easy to cook on the braai. Make sure to keep the seasoning to the minimum so it doesn’t overpower the sauce – simple salt and pepper will do the trick. 

Cauliflower Bites or Vegan Nuggets

For vegan alternatives, try vegan chicken nuggets, cauliflower bites or even carrot or celery sticks. Make sure to keep a glass of almond milk nearby to calm the burn! 

If you really want to push yourself to the limit, here’s our list of the 10 hottest sauces in South Africa:

We have searched the country for the hottest sauces, and after many tears shed and tastebuds scorched, we have found our ten hottest. These sauces include some of the world’s Scoville scale topping peppers – Carolina Reapers, Ghost Peppers, Trinidad 7 Pot, Naga Morich and more. However the hottest sauces we found contain a combination of multiple scorching peppers, or pure pepper extracts. These sauces are for the absolute chillihead and should be approached with extreme caution (and Personal Protective Equipment, as is the case with our Number 1). 

10. Johnny Hexburg Ghost Pepper

At number 10 we have Johnny Hexburg Ghost Pepper. This is a slow burning 9/10 heat sauce made with Ghost Pepper Chillies for maximum burn. The Ghost Pepper aka Bhot Jolokia has a slow burning but intense heat, balanced by the sweetness and acidity of this sauce.

9. Johnny Hexburg Apocalypse Scorpion

A very hot 9/10 sauce made with Apocalypse scorpion peppers (said to rival the California Reaper in heat). This is a fruity sauce with delicious sweetness and umami flavours to balance the heat.

8. Johnny Hexburg Naga Morich

Sweet and sour with a hint of fruitiness, rich in flavor & heat. The Naga Morich, like the ghost pepper is a slower burn. It takes 20 – 30 seconds to start feeling the true heat. Until then, the pepper’s flavor is front and center. It’s sweet, like the Ghost Pepper, but slightly more fruity (almost floral) and a little less earthy.

7. Johnny Hexburg 7 Pot Douglah

A 10/10 heat sauce, the 7 Pot Douglah is an extremely hot pepper from Trinidad. It’s skin is notably dark chocolate brown and somewhat pimpled. It starts off green but matures to a rich brown. It is one of the Hottest Peppers in the World. It has a fruity flavor with a hint of nuttiness & earthy tones. This sauce enlightens almost every sense, slightly sweet, salty, tart, savoury and loads of spice flavors. A flavour experience in your mouth like you have never experienced in a sauce before.

6. Johnny Hexburg Brain Strain

A Carribean style, extra-hot sauce with tart, sweet and spicy flavours. The 7 Pot peppers in this sauce bring the scorching heat with background flavours of smoke and fruit.


5. Carolina Reaper

In terms of taste, this is likely the sweetest super-hot pepper you are going to find. There’s a lot more flavor to the Carolina Reaper than you’ll find in most extremely hot peppers. In fact, the extreme hot sauces made from it are quite tasty if you are used to super-hots. Still, a warning: this is a scorching chilli with 10/10 heat.

4. Rooibaard Kwaadbaard

This sauce packs some serious heat. Pure Cayenne Pepper power, with a burn that keeps building to an inferno in your mouth. 

3. Johnny Hexburg Gunslinger

Fresh Carolina Reapers, Moruga Scorpion powder, Ghost Pepper powder… and nothing else. This sauce is extremely hot and should be used in moderation.

2. Johnny Hexburg P Three

A sauce made with Pure Premium Powder. A great earthy, peachy flavor to compliment every meal, from bacon and eggs to spaghetti. The sauce hits your throat, your tongue and your mouth. The heat lingers for quite some time.and a little goes a long way. It might be hard to find hotter than this with all natural ingredients.

And the Number 1 hottest sauce in South Africa…

1. Johnny Hexburg FUBAR

The hottest sauce we have found (so far) in South Africa. With 18/10 heat, this sauce is made with extract for the absolute heat seeker. We recommend wearing rubber gloves when opening and handling this bottle.

This sauce is by special order only. 


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