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     I did a list like this last year, but in the hot sauce world things change muy rapido! So, with that said, here is a new list of some of my favorite purveyors of the pepper in the Garden State and some info about them too.

When it comes to hot sauce, I like to think I know a thing or two. I have been actively collecting both big national chain and craft hot sauces since the early 1990’s. I know one thing is for sure, hotter is not always better. Try and compare a hot sauce collector and somebody that just likes to show off how much heat they can take, as the difference between a wine collector and a wino, if that makes any sense. Anyway, I have a specific taste in sauce that I really appreciate. When a company can hit just the right notes, and blends of pepper flavor, well that hits the spot!

Moreover,   I’ve always been a big fan of sweet heat, and in Jersey you can find some great local sauce makers that are obviously big fans as well. From Pineapple Jalapeno, to Mango Habanero, to Ghost Pepper Sweet Potato, you’d be surprised how popular this sub category continues to be in the hot sauce world. Of course you can’t go wrong with a nice traditional Buffalo style sauce or Louisiana Pepper sauce. They are both welcome in my fridge and on my table, especially if they are made here in New Jersey.

At the end of the day, New Jersey has a vibrant hot sauce scene from North Jersey to the Jersey Shore and beyond. Here are some of the local companies already making waves and a few that are ready to set the state on fire in 2023. Most sauces can be purchased through the company’s websites or social media accounts.

  • Blair's Death Sauce - Middletown

    The legendary line of hot sauces that exist to excite. Hot sauce with astonishing heat and amazing flavor… a little Death will make you FEEL ALIVE!!! Heating up over 31 countries, printed in six languages, and Guinness World Record certified with the hottest product created, Blair’s passion for peppers is ever present. It is what fuels the fiery phenomena that is Death Sauce. Bottled and bagged for your sheer enjoyment, Blair’s passion is your pleasure.

  • Born To Hula - Highlands

    All of their sauces are hand made in a local kitchen with the freshest ingredients. They like to run small batches to keep it more personal. Their peppers are hand picked and bought from local farmers’ markets in the Monmouth New Jersey area. Along with our perfectly aged pepper mash and exotic dried chilies we are able to make a more delicious product for you the consumer

  • Gemini Crow Sauce Company - Montague

    “Evil has never tasted so good.” At some point soon, Gemini Crow will be using New Jersey grown peppers exclusively for their Scovie-award winning, all-natural, gluten-free, and vegan sauces. The Gemini Crow line up includes Blackberry Belle, (a 2014 Chili Pepper Magazine Award Winner) The Devil His Due, Burn, Geminiah’s Fiery Catsup, Mrtv, and Zivot with flavors ranging from ghost peppers and blackberry to Trinidad Scorpion and apple.

     

  • Haht Sahs - Warren

    Their sauces, syrups, and jams are meant to be integrated into your treasured recipes. The only preservativesthey use in Haht Sahs products are vinegar, sugar and fruit pectin. There are NO ‘unpronounceable’ chemicals in their products. If you are in New Jersey, visit their extended family on the Oink and Moo BBQ Food trucks, ’cause this is where you can taste and buy all Haht Sahs products, as well as Oink and Moo BBQ Sauce

  • Mazi Piri Piri - Asbury Park

    This authentic Portuguese hot sauce is prepared in the tradition of Portugal’s Algarve region – famous for its Frango Piri Piri.Hand-made in small batches of 100 bottles, Mazi Piri Piri Sauce can be brushed on as a spicy marinade or use it straight-up as a fiery hot sauce! Mazi Piri-Piri is made by hand in small batches, and following traditional methods, right in Asbury Park, NJ.

  • Outer Limits - Middletown

    Outer Limits Hot Sauce was started by a father and son, two life long lovers of spicy food who spent a lot of their free time cooking and expanding their spicy palates. They were regularly making hot sauces with the peppers they grew and everyone who tasted them kept asking for their own bottles and telling them they should be selling them. With the help of a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign and over 150 amazing backers, they were able to really start pursuing their goals!

  • Shore Sauce - Asbury Park

    In 2019, music producer and creative director, Neil Narcisse founded Shore Sauce, LLC which is currently based in the Jersey Shore area of New Jersey, USA. Due to his love of food, combined with his Caribbean upbringing, he often seeks to experience a particular taste with his meals- well-seasoned and spicy flavors. This is what inspired him to create a hot sauce recipe one day in his home kitchen. After sharing his creation with family and neighbors, he was moved to launch a business producing a line of artisanal sauces.

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