It’s May and that means it’s time for a new season of Hot Ones and time for a brand new lineup of hot sauces. Some familiar sauce makers are back with exciting new sauces and there are some new sauce makers making their Hot Ones debut in Season 21.
This season is going to be hotter than the last. As Sean said in the Season 21 reveal, “Now in my experience, the summertime lineup is usually the hottest. We’ve shot a couple of episodes of this season and I can tell you, for certain, it’s hotter than Season 20.“
Here’s the low down on all the Season 21 hot sauces:
Hot Ones The Classic Chilli Maple Hot Sauce
We’re kicking things off with a familiar lead off man, The Classic Chilli Maple. The sauce is just too good to cordon off to Fall. The sweet and just slightly spicy blend of real maple syrup and Fresno chillies. It just sets the table perfectly. The Classic Chilli Maple Edition holds its spot as our table setter.
La Pimenterie Green Curry Hot Sauce
Alright, moving on to sauce number two, we actually have a newcomer here, out of Montreal… La Pimenterie… in the two spot. This is a newcomer to the Hot Ones table but this sauce right here will remind you of the best Thai takeout you’ve ever had in your life. With its aromatic blend of eggplant, zucchini and long hot peppers… if you’re someone who has trouble getting their veggies, hot sauce might be your answer. And this sauce right here is the one, at number two.
The Crabby Shack Zesty Lemon Pepper Hot Sauce
Alright, moving on to sauce number three, you see lemon pepper profile calls to mind Atlanta, call out to Little Yachty… “Now this is The Devil’s Snack”… but actually this sauce right here it’s right out of Brooklyn. The Crabby Shack Zesty Lemon Pepper, a blend of tangy tomatillo and lemon pepper, usually served with seafood, but it’s also just amazing on wings. The Crabby Shack Zesty Lemon Pepper here in the three spot.
Chile Lengua de Fuego Chicho-Ghost Hot Sauce
And moving on, our favourite Honduran sauce maker is back in the four spot baby, Chile Lengua De Fuego. Chile Lengua De Fuego combines Earthy chipotle and chocolate ghost pepper with ginger and raw sugar for a complex, pretty damn spicy four spot sauce. Quick shout out to Coyote Peterson who actually sent me a video of him trying the Chile Lengua De Fuego sauce when he was in Honduras. Warmed my heart almost more than the hot sauce does. This is a very spicy number four spot, every once and a while we have those. This is one of ’em.
Hot Ones Los Calientes Rojo Hot Sauce
Alright, moving on to sauce number five, a familar name, Los Calientes… this time with the Rojo. At sauce number five we have the sauce of summer’s even hotter sibling Los Claientes Rojo. I guess you could call them the disgusting brothers of the Hot Ones gauntlet… except that they’re actually just delicious. Sweet apricot mixes, fruity habaneros serve as a bridge from the front half to the back half…
The Spicy Shark Mako Snake Hot Sauce
And in the back half, we kick things off with something serious… do do do do do do do do (Sean puts hand on hand in the shape of a shark fin). It’s the Spicy Shark here in the six spot. The Spicy Shark’s Mako Snake sauce brings masala vibes with the six c’s: coconut, cumin, cinnamon, cardamon, coriander, and caraway. But this sauce right here is not just a culinary delight, you have ghost peppers in here, you have Carolina Reaper in here. This is a very hot number six. In the words of Seth Rogan, “not famous person hot, just hot hot” and it lets our guests know right away that we are not messing about here in the back half. A hot number six that goes into a hot number seven.
Adoboloco Jalapeño Chico Hot Sauce
Here we have a return, Hot Ones hot sauce lineup royalty, Adoboloco. Hot Ones hot sauce lineup royalty, Hawaiin hot sauce royalty, Adoboloco Jalapenochico). I’ve eaten a lot of Adoboloco sauces in my life but this one here, by far, the hottest. Super smokey jalapeno and scorpion pepper blend. Not to be messed with. And then of course it just sets the table for…
Da Bomb Beyond Insanity Hot Sauce
Da Bomb Beyond Insanity. The immortal Da Bomb Beyond Insanity continues its Cal Ripkin Jnr like consecutive game streak here in the eight spot. The sauce that launched a thousand “I apologise Kansas” memes is back for its 20th season, and here’s a fun tease for ya, the Season 21 premiere features a guest who is from Kansas City, the same place where Da Bomb Beyond Insanity is made. Let the guesses start.
Alchemy Peppers Watermelon Ghost Hot Sauce
Alright, moving on to number nine and if you clocked it when you checked in here and thought to yourself, a watermelon hot sauce, that sounds weird. I have news for you, it is. Yet it’s somehow the perfect number nine sauce, providing fleeting relief with a super refreshing hit of watermelon… and then delivering a hammer fist from the gods with ghost pepper.
Hot Ones The Last Dab Apollo Hot Sauce
Alright, moving on to number ten, the iconic ten spot, a sauce that I know my elemental buddies Ember, Wade, Gail and Clod are excited for, The Last Dab Apollo. It feels like we should be having a toast to celebrate 21 seasons but the only bottle we pop around here are woozies of The Last Dab Apollo for those who are brave enough and reckless enough to go there. Again, you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
Alright, there you have it, it’s the Season 21 Hot Ones Hot Sauce Lineup.
Hot Ones Hot Sauces Season 21
|#||Hot Sauce||Scoville Rating (SHU)|
|1||Hot Ones The Classic Chilli Maple Hot Sauce||1,600|
|2||La Pimenterie Green Curry Hot Sauce||6,000|
|3||The Crabby Shack Zesty Lemon Pepper Hot Sauce||15,500|
|4||Chile Lengua de Fuego Chicho-Ghost Hot Sauce||36,500|
|5||Hot Ones Los Calientes Rojo Hot Sauce||49,000|
|6||The Spicy Shark Mako Snake Hot Sauce||71,000|
|7||Adoboloco Jalapeño Chico Hot Sauce||103,000|
|8||Da' Bomb Beyond Insanity Hot Sauce||135,600|
|9||Alchemy Peppers Watermelon Ghost Hot Sauce||641,000|
|10||Hot Ones The Last Dab Apollo Hot Sauce||TBA|
Watch the full Hot Ones Season 21 Hot Sauce Lineup reveal episode on YouTube below:
The first episode of Hot Ones Season 21 premieres next Thursday, May 25. We know the first guest hails from Kansas City, so that gives us one clue as to the identity of the first celebrity to take on the Season 21 lineup. A quick Google search brought up the following potential candidates: Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, and Eric Stonestreet. Is it one of them? Or someone else? We’ll all find out next week.
As always, you can check out Sauce Mania’s selection of hot sauces featured on Hot Ones here.