Green Bandit Basil Serrano Hot Sauce
$5.29 for 5 oz; sweatnspice.com

Think citrusy, spicy pesto and you'll quickly get down with this genre-bending sauce from New Jersey.
Add it to: Tomato-based pasta dishes

Dragon's Blood Elixir
$6 for 5 oz; dragonsbloodelixir.com

Connecticut's Doug Crane chose a silly name for this seriously good sauce of habanero chilies, local apples, and balsamic vinegar.
Add it to: Pork chops

Youk's Hot Sauce
$7 for 5 oz; youkshotsauce.com

San Francisco chef Scott Youkilis combines salt, vinegar, and three different locally grown peppers for a purist's dream sauce.
Add it to: Fried eggs

Clancy's Fancy Hot Sauce
$10.50 for 7.5 oz; clancysfancy.com

This handmade sauce spiked with Michigan honey and ginger has earned itself a cult following.
Add it to: Soy sauce for a dumpling dip

Mad Dog 357 Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
$9.19 for 5 oz; hotsauceworld.com

The heat of this Massachusetts sauce inspires dares, but behind the kick is the perfumey ghost pepper.
Add it to: Mayo for a sandwich spread

Whisky Barrel Hot Sauce
$4 for 5 oz; 718-522-3794

Aged in a whiskey barrel, this Brooklyn-born concoction began as a buffalo-wing topping.
Add it to: Melted butter for a baked-chicken-wing marinade

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