The 10 Best Hot Sauces to Try in 2021
Hot sauce is a lifestyle. Gone are the standard mild, medium, and hot varieties of chili sauce, replaced by an increasingly flavor bending, scientifically created, death-defying array of peppery sauce options that may include a strongly worded warning and a waiver.
If you’re looking for a quiet bell pepper sauce then you’ll need to look elsewhere than this list, which features some peppers from the very top of the Scoville Heat Scale (which might measure personal recklessness along with heat). But if you are looking to rival an episode of Hot Ones (I see you Idris Elba) by seeking out the best sauces combining extremes in heat and flavor, then this is the list for you.
1. Elijah's Xtreme Regret Hot Sauce
Look, this stuff is so hot it just falls short of melting the bottle. I sweat just thinking about it and hop on each foot, which is perfect for some of us weird fire chasing people.
Elijah’s Xtreme Regret is a serious hot sauce that’s not for the fly by night enthusiasts but fully committed heat-loving lunatics. Like I said before, this is for the type of people that watch Hot Ones for new things to try.
It’s made using Trinidad Scorpion and Carolina Reaper pepper (the world’s hottest). With Scoville Heat Units (SHU) of 800,000 and 1,600,000 respectively, they’re hectic.
Elijah’s extreme uses only the highest quality ingredients and processes for consistent potency, balancing the Regret hot sauce with garlic flavor and 50% hot peppers to provide flavor with the heat. If a Carolina Reaper pepper-based hot sauce is your idea of a bad time, then you can downgrade the heat (I mean, a little) by going with Elijah’s Extreme Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce which doesn’t go quite as hard as Xtreme Regret yet may still make you smell colors.
2. Truff Hot Sauce Variety Pack
This special triple pack contains a bottle of the classic Truff Hot Sauce, Truff Hotter Sauce, and the seasonal White Truff. Truff uses ripe red chili pepper-infused with black truffle oil and organic agave nectar from Jalisco, Mexico, that’s then tied together with a hint of Cumin spice.
Hotter Truff has a “less sweet, more heat” flavor profile, with the hot pepper aspects getting a bigger run alongside the agave (which is the principal ingredient in tequila).
The White Truff chili sauce incorporates the rare and seasonal availability of premium white truffle, which combined with the chili pepper and organic coriander results in a brighter, more cheerful bottle of sauce. It’s the perfect premium condiment pack to give the spice lover in your life.
3. Cholula Hot Sauce Variety Pack
This variety pack of the highly regarded Mexican Hot Sauce is quite simply a heat seeker’s dream. Sure, you could buy just one taste variation, but having them all on hand shows commitment to the flavor and versatility of these hot pepper and chili concoctions.
The Cholula flavors included in this six-pack of 5 oz bottles are Original, Chili-Lime, Green Pepper, Sweet Habanero, Chipotle, and Chili-Garlic. So no matter the dish you’re serving there’s room to add flavor.
The sauces range from mild to extra hot and are produced to give foods their own unique flavor without being overpowering. All Cholula Hot Sauce flavors are sugar-free, low calorie, gluten-free, vegan friendly, and Kosher.
4. Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce
Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce is made in Portland, Oregon. It’s a unique Caribbean/Tex-Mex hybrid made from habanero peppers and roasted tomatoes.
This versatile habanero sauce – you can add it to anything as a condiment or use it as a marinade – is non-GMO, vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and contains no artificial flavors or colors. Secret Aardvark is warm and sweet on the tongue initially but builds into a tremendously nuanced hot sauce taste test that can complement pizza, burgers, chicken wings, fried chicken, or any other meal you wish to add some heat to.
5. Frank's RedHot Xtra Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Frank’s RedHot Xtra Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce is the most popular hot sauce brand in the US. It’s crafted with select aged cayenne peppers. The heat is ratcheted up to as much as 3 times that of other sauces to challenge your taste buds. Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce is dairy-free, vegetarian, Kosher, high fructose corn syrup free, and Gluten-free.
This version of Frank’s RedHot uses a proprietary technique to create flavor consistency in the spicy sauce. The bottled hot sauce comes in a massive 1 gallon plastic jug and can be used to accompany any food that needs a sharply increased flavor profile, as a popular dipping sauce for fried chicken, or as a buffalo wing marinade.
6. Huey Fong Sambal Oelek
Sambal is an Indonesian word referring to a sauce made with chili peppers and can include a variety of secondary ingredients, such as vinegar, onion, lemon or lime juice, and garlic flavor (for starters). A fantastic part of Asian stir fry, rice, and soup dishes, Sambal Oelek is a versatile chili paste or hot sauce base, and one of my favorites.
You can utilize it when cooking your favored cuisine, as a small side dish, or make it into the sauce of your choice. The type of pepper you use – Tabasco, jalapeno, or habanero pepper for example – can create a range in heat options when you make your own Sambal Oelek, which is simple and lots of fun to innovate with.
Huey Fong also does a hot sauce bottle of Sriracha that won’t let you down – with it differing from sambal only in sugar content and sauciness.
7. “The Original” Louisiana Hot Sauce
The ingredients are simple enough – quality aged Cayenne pepper and tangy vinegar. The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce is the delicious result of a generations-old recipe using simple ingredients including carefully selected and handpicked, authentic sun-ripened cayenne peppers which are mixed with distilled vinegar and then fermented.
The benefits of fermentation include a more complex flavor in addition to a reduction in the amount of vinegar needed to acidify the sauce.
While it’s one of the least hot sauces in terms of SHU – around 450 units, it’s still got a nice kick. What makes Louisiana Hot Sauce one of the best hot sauces is that it excels at balancing heat and flavor to make a tasty dipping sauce that even reluctant heat seekers can enjoy.
8. Yellowbird Hot Sauce Variety Pack
Yellowbird takes the health food aspect of its hot sauce seriously. It’s vegan friendly, non-GMO, and gluten-free. There are only 10 calories and 1 gram of sugar per serving. Great for the health conscious.
Yellowbird flavors include:
- Blue Agave Sriracha
- Serrano peppers
- Jalapeno pepper
- Habanero hot sauce
- Ghost Pepper sauce
The five sauces are based on differing peppers and their heat while combining with tasty flavors such as caramelized onion, lime juice, garlic, carrot, cucumber, and garlic to reinforce the sauce’s flavor along with varying the heat. Two other cool aspects of the Yellowbird hot sauces are their use of squeeze bottles (so much better to layer a taco or quesadilla) and their 100% satisfaction guarantee.
9. The Good Hurt Fuego: Smoky Bourbon Hot Sauce
This smoky flavor sauce makes an ideal gift for the hot sauce lover looking for something a little bit different. The bourbon flavor really balances sweetness with smoke and allows the heat to coalesce into a great tasting sauce that’s packaged up like dynamite.
This is the type of sauce that is sound as a side condiment but excels as a barbeque marinade where all of its contrasting aspects can lend a beautifully complex flavor and taste to ribs and steaks. If smoky flavor and bourbon isn’t your thing then The Good Hurt Fuego also comes in a more traditional Cayenne Pepper flavor.
10. Alvin's Yellow Scotch Bonnet Pepper Hot Sauce
Alvin’s is a premium Hot Sauce crafted with a blend of Caribbean grown yellow scotch bonnet peppers, papaya, and island spices. While not as hot as the Carolina Reaper and Trinidad Scorpion peppers, the beautiful Scotch Bonnet still has a very tidy SHU of 6,000-10,000, which is more than enough to fireproof the roof of your mouth.
As it’s made differently from most American and Mexican style hot sauces (no water or distilled vinegar) that sauce builds consistently on the back of the palate behind the sweet flavor of papaya. If you are looking for a unique and interesting hot sauce that stands out in its production, the handmade Alvin’s is a great way to go.
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The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.