A few weeks back, we ran a feature highlighting some high-octane hot sauces to up your barbecue game. Among them was Big Daddy’s pretty-much perfect Amplified Heat blend, boasting smoked jalapenos amid ingredients like German-style ale for an adaptable, unimpeachable flavor. And that got us thinking about two things: What are some other smoky hot sauces we know and love? And how many synonyms for smoked or smoky can we use when discussing the characteristics of these choice selections? But hey, that’s like wondering whether unwieldy alliteration would worry us.
So without overcooking this line of thought, the following are a handful of the finest hot sauces we’ve come across whose secret weapons are smoked peppers, spices, and even fruit (!) that evoke aromas ranging from Mexican corn to sweet-ass sausage. And, moreover, can enhance and embolden any meal from sunrise to dusk.