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Wild Elephant Deterrent Hot Sauce Review

Wild Elephant Deterrent Hot Sauce

Dragon’s Blood Elixir is a small, craft hot sauce company based in Connecticut. From its master hot sauce crafter known only as ‘Doug‘ comes Wild Elephant Deterrent. It is a super-spicy, Carolina reaper & ghost pepper filled hot sauce. If you didn’t know, those are some of the world’s hottest peppers

It is also genuinely delicious, using no extracts or artificial flavors to artificially spice things up. Just the real deal: hot peppers and natural ingredients.

We’ve tried many sauces from Dragon’s Blood Elixir, and this is among the hottest they sell. In this article, I’ll share our thoughts on Wild Elephant Deterrent hot sauce.


  • Heat: 5/5
  • Flavor: 4/5
  • Value: 4/5
  • Overall: 4/5

Wild Elephant Deterrent Flavor and Uses

If you’re reading this, you’re probably into very spicy sauces. Under that assumption, this sauce is very good. For those who can’t handle the heat, Wild Elephant Deterrent will likely go unused. However, if you can take the spice, you’ll be putting this sauce on everything.


  • Smokey, bright, sweet
  • Apple notes and rich sweet vinegar undertones
  • Extra spicy burn lasts for 15-20 minutes

Use it on…

  • Tacos
  • Pizza
  • Soup (a few drops will do)

While the flavors are very good, the heat does become overbearing (for me personally). We consider ourselves to have decent heat tolerance, but with Wild Elephant Deterrent, we have to be careful.

However, if used in moderation, the flavor rewards you. Delicious ‘fire roasted habanero salsa’ gives this sauce a delectable, zingy profile. On top of that, apple cider and balsamic vinegar sweeten things up, almost tricking you into thinking this is a rational, everyday hot sauce.

Wild Elephant Deterrent Ingredients

Tip: Taste a small amount on a cracker or with some cheese to start. Eating straight from a spoon could end badly…

Wild Elephant Deterrent Consistency

Wild Elephant Deterrent is pourable but has enough viscosity to avoid the dreaded over-pour. We like a bit of chunk in our sauces, and this one has plenty of bits and pieces of peppers and seeds throughout. The color is a deep red-orange with flecks of black (assuming this is the fireroasted salsa).

Wild Elephant Deterrent Consistency

Wild Elephant Deterrent Scoville & Spiciness

Wild Elephant Deterrent got its name for a reason. The peppers used in this sauce range from insanely spicy to why-on-earth-does-this-level-of-heat-exist spicy. The first ingredient reads, “For Whom The Bell Tolls Hot Pepper Mash.”

This likely refers to Dragon’s Blood Elixir’s annual CT-grown pepper mash that mixes a variety of hot peppers grown from all around the state. This mash includes Carolina Reaper peppers. The second ingredient is the ghost pepper. I think we get the picture.

Though an exact Scoville rating is not provided, we are confident that Wild Elephant Deterrent rates around 1 million SHUs on the Scoville Scale. This makes it one of the hottest sauces that we have reviewed, but it is also one of our most highly rated. Some sauces have all the heat with poor flavor. Not so in the case of Wild Elephant Deterrent.

Where to buy

This sauce and many others are available on the Dragon’s Blood Elixir website. If you are local to the Connecticut area, you can also find Doug and co. at local farmer’s markets throughout the warm season.

Here’s a picture of Doug hand loading his van, likely on his way to a farmer’s market in CT. This guy is the real deal.

Is Wild Elephant Deterrent Worth It?

If you like your food extra-hot or know someone who does, this is a wickedly good sauce. It only misses the mark slightly on packaging and usability, but for the right person, it doesn’t get much better. If you buy a sauce that has a skull and cross-bones on the cap, you know what you’re getting into.

Wild elephant deterrent hot sauce cap

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Sunday 25th of February 2024

I love Wild Elephant Deterrent! Fantastic heat and excellent flavor! It does pack a wallop, but that is what I am looking for. Doug of Dragon's Blood Elixir is an awesome guy to chat with as well. Like TTFK I am lucky enough to be able to buy this locally.


Thursday 4th of August 2022

I have been recommending this sauce for years to people. I'm one of the lucky ones that they are at my local farmer's market every weekend so a resupply is always easy to get!