Chili Head #1 “So when I was in Mexico I had the hottest hot sauce on the planet. My eyes were watering for 10 minutes!”
Chili Head #2 “Well in New Orleans I had the hottest hot sauce and I had to sip on milk for 2 hours before my tongue stopped burning!”
Chili Head #1 “I’m not a baby and don’t drink milk when I eat hot stuff. You’re just not as tough as me.”
Chili Head #2 “We’ll my eyes water for 20 minutes…”
Debates on whose hot sauce is the hottest happen all the time. But turn to the Scoville for which sauce and which peppers are actually the hottest.
Leading off for the pepper team is the good ole Jalapeño. Jalapeños vary with their rankings but they rate at about 3,000 SHUs. The number is large, but just you wait. Jalapeños are mild peppers, especially compared to some of its brethren.
Up next the Serrano pepper. A Little more kick but you can still handle it. These peppers are quite common in green hot sauces and ding in at 10,000 to 20,000 units. Many chilli heads consider Serrano peppers still as very mild peppers.
The Cayenne Pepper ranks next. Cayenne is the main pepper in Frank’s Red Hot. Still a bit hotter these peppers are about 10-15 times hotter than the Jalapeno and rate between 30,000-50,000 SBUs.
A native pepper to Florida the Datil pepper can be quite sweet, but don’t let these hot peppers fool you because it can pack a punch. This pepper can go all the way up to 250,000 SHUs.
Don’t get the Orange color of the Habaneros confused with a carrot because you’ll be quite surprised. Habaneros have a bit of a citrus flavor to them, but a lot of bite. Habaneros go up to 350,000 Scoville units. Over 100 times hot peppers and 100 times hotter than the Jalapeno.
The Red Savina is red for a reason. Danger! The Red Savina grows best in the hot and dry climate of California and in best conditions these peppers have ranked as high as 580,000 on the Scoville rank. These are no mild peppers at all.
The bhit jolokia, aka naga morcich, or known to many as the ghost chili pepper. This pepper is one of the hottest peppers in the world. The Bhut Jolokia pepper ranks at 850,000-1,050,000 SHUs. Up to 350 times hotter than the jalapeno.
Finally, the hottest pepper out there right now is the Carolina Reaper. This almost doubles the heat of the ghost chili pepper and is between 1,400,000 and 2,200,000 SHUs.
There are some hot sauces out there with intense pepper combinations. You can post below to brag to the hot sauce community the high scoville sauce you’ve ever had.