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Top Ten Hottest Hot Sauces in Winnipeg

This top ten post was originally about trying hot sauces during self-isolation. Since then, I’ve tried another five hot sauces. Now it seems like a good idea to create an actual top ten list.

Winnipeg Hot Sauces for a Time of S...
Winnipeg Hot Sauces for a Time of Self-Isolation.

I’ve called this Top Ten Hottest Hot sauces, because where a company made more than one, I tested the hottest in their line. Any mistakes in this regard are completely mine.

Original Post Introduction

I’ve been wanting to do this post on Winnipeg Hot Sauces for several weeks. However, with the outbreak of Covid-19 and the upheaval that has brought, it’s been sitting on the back burner for a little while. Most of my time has been spent on videos for the Holy Trinity website

After spending my days doing that, I haven’t had a lot of motivation to blog. Now, most of those videos are behind me, and I’m hoping to get back into posting.

Winnipeg Hot Sauces set out for the taste test.
All eight Winnipeg Hot Sauces, laid out for the taste test.

In addition to this post, I’ve created a video of me doing the actual tasting on all of these hot sauces. 

With this now being a top ten list, the format has obviously changed. I will list the top ten in order. the remaining hot sauces will be given honourable mention status.

To taste test them, I tried each of them on a piece of the Wondrous bread from Hildegard’s Bakery. Hildegard’s is one of my favourite places. They are open for pickup and delivery. This will be a list that continues to grow as I come across more Winnipeg Hot Sauces.

The newer sauce were tested by pouring out about a teaspoon, and then drinking the hot sauce straight off the spoon. They were also tested on separate occasions, so none of them were affected by any previously eaten hot sauce.

Please feel free to add suggestions for my top ten. I am aware of Mr. Max, but I won’t add it to the top ten, until I can by it individually and not have to buy the rest of a gift box.

Additional note: Any of these are still hotter than the Spice-face offerings at McDonald’s.

Top Ten Hottest Hot Sauces

1.) Famena’s Extra-Spicy Hot Sauce

This is one spicy hot sauce. When I reviewed the restaurant, I really enjoyed the hot sauce they served with their dinners. When I went looking to buy a bottle of the sauce, I discovered they sold spicy and extra-spicy hot sauce. Naturally I bought the extra-spicy. How did that work out? Well, I edited out two and a quarter minutes from the video above. Time that was simply me recovering from trying the sauce. 

2.) Cosmic Coyote by Intergalactic Sauces

This is one of the new ones that I have recently tried. It delivers a great deal of heat along with some really good flavour. The mixture of peppers and other ingredients make this sauce a real winner.

Top 10 sauce Cosmic Coyote
Intergalactic Sauces Cosmic Coyote is a real winner in my top 10 hot sauce list.

3.) Jaya’s Spicy Carrot Pickle

I found this one when I attended this year’s addition of LoveLocalMB. This is not a typical hot sauce, but it would serve as a dish topper in much the same way. It also would make a great dip to serve with chips or vegetables.

4.) Komera Original Seasoned Hot Pepper Sauce

Coming in at number four on this top ten list, I came across this hot sauce while scrolling through the GoodLocal website. I figured why not give it a try. It is good and hot. The heat will linger on your lips for a good while.

5.) Fat Iguana Chefs Carolina Reaper

Fat Iguana Chef Kitchen is a vendor that is frequently at the Downtown Biz Farmers Market. His main stock in trade is what I call semi-meal kits. I originally tried the Habanero Lemonade. I recently added his Carolina Reaper Smoked Ancho hot sauce into my mix. This is a new one from Fat Iguana, and moves them quite a bit further up the rankings. Could still use more heat, but the flavour is fantastic. 

6.) Bree’s X6 Sauce

This is the Hottest Hot Sauce from BG’s Preserves, and debuts at six in the top ten list. Good heat and good flavour. On top of that it’s one of the better values on this list.

Top Ten Bree's X6
Bree’s X6 comes in sixth out of my top ten. Also, your best hot sauce bang for your buck.

I recently purchased a habanero sauce that is in development. If the test batch is any indication, it will be higher in my top ten ranking when it finally hits the market. It may be a while, but it will be worth the wait.

Tasty Heat’s Ghost Habanero Fruit Whisky Sauce

This is a sauce I have tried on two or three occasions in the past. I have always found it to be good and spicy and has a pretty good flavour as well.

Mottola Grocery top ten
A lack of heat kept this one in the bottom half of my top ten.

8.) Habanero Hot Sauce Mottola Grocery In-House

Despite being top ten, this one is a little bit of a disappointment. I expected more heat, and it just didn’t quite deliver. Still, a good hot sauce.

9) East India Company Tikka Masala

I only realized that they made several hot sauces after I had reviewed the restaurant. This one has great flavour to it, and the heat will sneak up on you as you eat it. 

10.) Cold Mike’s Hot Sauce

I’m adding this one in January 2021. It comes from Magic Bird Fried Chicken, which is located in The Handsome Daughter. This one is quite flavourful, and contains a good bit of heat. Although, the heat is mainly of the mouth burn variety.

Winnipeg Hot Sauces, Cold Mikes Hot sauce
Cold Mikes Hot Sauce.

Not Top Ten but Honourable Mentions

Dancing Noodle Chili Sauce

This is the third one in the picture above. It’s got a good deal of sneaky heat to it. Makes a great addition to homemade soups.  

1882 Blueberry Habanero Sauce

This is a locally made hot sauce that I found at the downtown Winnipeg Farmers Market. It has a good blueberry flavour to it. It also contains bits of blueberry along with the liquid in the sauce. The heat is pretty good, but not overwhelming.

Winnipeg Hot Sauces: 1882, Blueberry Ghost Pepper, Jayas Preserves: Spicy Carrot Pickle, Dancing Noodle: Chili Sauce.

Hot Sauce Gallery

Island Fusion Fire Fete

Island Fusion, One of my favourite food trucks, isn’t operating this summer due to Covid-19. However you can still order some of their products online. I would highly recommend their Fire Fete hot sauce. It has a sneaky kind of heat that builds up on you and leaves you with a pleasant buzz in the mouth after you eat it.

Winnipeg Hot sauce from Island Fusion
Fire Fete, a pleasant, sneaky, hot sauce from Island Fusion.

Danny’s Whole Hog Cilantro & Lime

I’ve tried several items from Danny’s in the past. I really enjoy his products and this one is no different. It’s a very flavourful hot sauce that could be quite nicely added to a salsa. The only thing is, don’t expect it to bring much in the way of heat. 

Sweet Baby Jaybles Hot Sauce

The most recent of my Winnipeg Hot Sauces. You’ll need to make a couple of clicks to get through to this one on the King’s Head Website. I find that I really like the flavour but the sweet tends to out weigh the heat. 

Now, just as in the butter tart post, the fact that someone is one and someone is eight, doesn’t mean that 1 is great and 10 is bad. This is simply a list based on my preferences. Any of these will give a nice spot of spice to your self-isolation meals.

As always, remember to wash your hands, practice physical distancing, and shop local whenever possible.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.