Wherever you live in the US, odds are your food could use a little extra spice. The national marketplace might be drenched in rooster sauce, but all across the country there are less-cocky pepper sauces that've developed loyal followings. So to highlight the locality of the hot sauce landscape, we've mapped 23 of today's most important brands by their place of birth. Some are popular across the entire nation, while others are longtime regional staples. A handful are cult favorites you might not know about even if they're right under your nose, but we can assure you there's a saucehead nearby who cherishes their unique burn.
Two notes: several niche sauces achieved widespread success without being adopted by one city, so hot sauces without strong regional ties were left out. Also, we had to leave off any foreign-born sauces (apologies to Cholula fans). Click here to enlarge the map and get a closer look at the geographic spread, then read on to learn more about each sauce's hot, hot heat.