This article is a part of Washingtonian’s Made in DC feature. Local artisans are creating bourbon and beauty products, handbags and hot sauce, clothing and jewelry. We found the coolest things being made here right now.
Hot sauce—once the province of Texas Pete and Tabasco—has become a localized specialty that small-scale vendors everywhere want to claim as their city’s own recipe. Washington is no exception. We’re obsessed with the stuff these days—both making it and splashing it on everything from biscuits to barbecue. Here, eight local spins on the fiery condiment, ranked from sizzling to scorching.
Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.