Secret Aardvark Hot Sauce Review

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Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce

Secret Aardvark began in 2004 in the Portland, OR region. The founder, Scott Moritz, began his culinary journey at age thirteen when he entered a chili cook-off. Like many amazing hot sauces, Secret Aardvark started off as a fun hobby, and a way to stay out of trouble.

Unfortunately, Scott passed away in 2009. But, his dream of sharing delicious and affordable hot sauces lives on. The brand currently has many varieties of hot sauce available, all coming in generous 8oz plastic squeeze bottles.

This review will focus on the popular Habanero hot sauce, the spiciest of the range and likely the most versatile. However, you can tell a hot sauce company is special when they have a ‘Drunken Garlic Black Bean’ sauce in their lineup.

Secret Aardvark Habanero Review

Heat: 6/10Has a respectable kick!
Flavor: 8/10 Strong tomato and habanero flavors at the front, sweet and rich.
Value: 9/10 Excellent value in the craft hot sauce arena, a nice big bottle.
Overall rating: 8/10Versatile, cost-effective hot sauce

Secret Aardvark has a tremendous flavor that starts with fresh, roasted tomatoes. Then, there is a rich and smooth heat that builds quickly from fresh Habanero peppers.

If you’re familiar with the Habanero, you’ll recognize the flavor immediately. Add in a bit of mustard and mild sweetness, and you’ve got yourself a pretty versatile hot sauce.

Unfortunately, this hot sauce does contain sugar which may be an issue for some people. You can always make your own habanero hot sauce if you’re looking to customize the ingredients.


  • Tomato first flavor (ingredient #1)
  • Zingy white wine vinegar makes the sauce pop on anything
  • High-end spicy ketchup sauce with garlic and Caribbean spices

Pair With

  • Chicken, burgers, and tacos
  • Pasta and pizza
  • Beer (recommended Red Eye recipe on the bottle!)
  • Any food you would use sriracha on
Secret Aardvark Habanero hot sauce label

Tip: We have been reaching for the Secret Aardvark in lieu of ketchup – it’s a great dipping sauce or burger topper!

Secret Aardvark Hot Sauce Scoville Rating

After all, Secret Aardvark is a hot sauce, so just how spicy is it? This is, of course, a subjective topic, but thankfully we have the Scoville Scale to reference. Since this sauce was on season 4 of Hot Ones, we know the exact rating. From our perspective, it comes in around a 6/10 when eaten straight off the spoon.

Put simply, Secret Aardvark comes in at 5,000 SHUs on the Scoville Scale, making it slightly more spicy than Cholula hot sauce. This sauce is also similarly usable across a variety of foods, so it works well as an alternative for Cholula or Tabasco.

Want more heat? Try their Carolina Reaper sauce.

How Much Does Secret Aardvark Cost?

Value is key when buying a high-quality hot sauce. Some of the more exclusive sauces can retail for $20 per 5oz bottle! However, Secret Aardvark makes a point to remain affordable at around $8-$10 per 8oz bottle. This means you’re paying about $1 per oz. of this stuff, which makes it a good deal. The first ingredient is tomatoes, not water or vinegar as it is in some of the cheaper-made hot sauces. We think this is one of the better values for money on the hot sauce market.

Secret Aardvark Hot Sauce Consistency

This sauce comes in a unique, plastic squeeze bottle with a pretty large opening (about 1cm wide). The sauce is thick enough that it won’t just ooze out, you’ll need to squeeze to get what you want. This makes Secret Aardvark a great dipping sauce or spread, comparable to other common condiments. It has more texture than ketchup, with bits of tomatoes and peppers discernible visually and on the palate.

Secret Aardvark Hot Sauce Consistency

Is Secret Aardvark Worth It?

If you like it spicy and are looking for something to replace your go-to hot sauce, Secret Aardvark is worth a look. There is a reason this sauce made our list of the best Habanero hot sauces. It is very affordable considering the bottle size and has a quality flavor and respectable heat level. The quirky and simple logo is endearing and genuine, demanding respect and kudos from us here at PepperGeek. Enjoy!

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