Hot Ones is a YouTube sensation that has taken the internet by storm. It is produced by First We Feast and Complex Media and is hosted by Sean Evans.
First debuting in March 2015 the show’s format consists of host Sean Evans interviewing a celebrity guest while both eat 10 chicken wings, each served with a progressively hotter hot sauce and culminating in The Last Dab, a sauce produced by Hot Ones themselves with a Scoville rating of 2,000,000+ units. The Last Dab was developed by legendary chilehead Smokin’ Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Co., the creator of the infamous Carolina Reaper, the world’s hottest pepper.
The show’s tagline, stated by Evans at the beginning of each episode, is “The show with hot questions, and even hotter wings.”
As of 21 February 2021 there have been thirteen seasons of Hot Ones produced with a total of 204 episodes. In 2018 Hot Ones won Best Non-Fiction Series at the Streamy Awards and the episodes on YouTube have been viewed almost 44 million times in total.
The Season 14 Lineup of Hot Ones hot sauces was announced by Sean Evans on 21 February 2021 with the first episode of Hot Ones Season 14 scheduled to premiere on Thursday, 28 January.
Each season the lineup of hot sauces is changed with new sauces introduced, although some sauces have appeared in multiple seasons, notably Mad Dog 357, Blair’s Mega Death Sauce, Hot Ones The Classic Hot Sauce, Hot Ones Los Calientes Hot Sauce, Da’ Bomb Beyond Insanity and, of course, the sauce in the perennial ten spot, Hot Ones The Last Dab.
In November 2019 Hot Ones: The Game Show, also hosted by Sean Evans, was announced by WarnerMedia’s TruTV with a release date scheduled for early 2020. The first episode was broadcast on 18 February 2020.
Hot Ones: The Game Show takes place in “The Pepperdome” where two-person teams of contestants go head to head, competing through three rounds of pop-culture trivia questions while also eating hot wings. The winning team then moves to the final round, “The Ring of Fire”, where they play a password game in the hope of winning the $25,000 grand prize.
Three new hot sauces were created especially for Hot Ones: The Game Show; Brain Burner, Eye of the Scorpion and The Constrictor. Heatonist enlisted tattoo artists Natalia Garcia Briceno, Matthew Henning and BJ Betts to bring to life the label art for each of the three sauces.
Heatonist have confirmed that there are no official Scoville ratings for these three new hot sauces. On a scale of 1-10, Brain Burner rates an 8, Eye of the Scorpion a 9 and The Constrictor a 10.
Below we have assembled a complete list of all the hot sauces featured on the Hot Ones YouTube series, along with their rating in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Many of these sauces are available for purchase at Sauce Mania.