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Hot sauces featuring Smokin' Ed Currie's Guinness World Record-holding Pepper X®. The result of over 10 years of development in the greenhouse by Smokin’ Ed, Pepper X clocks in at 2.693 million Scoville Heat Units and has a sweet and floral aroma (think tangerines) that opens up to intense, vegetal flavor. Go ahead, eXperience the flavor of Pepper X sauce in all its glory!


It’s official! With spice measuring in at 2.693 million Scoville units, Pepper X is the hottest chili in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. As of September 2023, Pepper X broke the record previously held by Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper pepper, which had topped out at 2.2 million Scoville units. 

Watch our founder Noah Chaimberg, Smokin’ Ed Currie, Sean Evans and Chili Klaus find out that Pepper X set a Guinness World Record on First We Feast channel!

Pepper X FAQs

Pepper X is a cultivar of Capsicum chili pepper created by Smokin’ Ed Currie, creator of the Carolina Reaper. Pepper X is the result of several cross breedings of chilis that produced an exceptionally high content of capsaicin in this pepper. The flavor profile of Pepper X is sweet and fruity, with a slightly floral flavor. Smokin’ Ed first released Pepper X in Hot Ones The Last Dab back in 2017, and The Last Dab has been one of the only Pepper X hot sauces since. Check out the latest edition, The Last Dab Xperience!

There are only two hot sauce lines that feature Pepper X sauce - our Hot Ones hot sauces and Smokin' Ed's Puckerbutt Pepper Company sauces! In fact, Pepper X hot sauce is the only way you can taste Pepper X as Smokin’ Ed doesn’t sell pods or seeds of this proprietary pepper yet. Fun fact: Hot Ones The Last Dab was the first ever Pepper X hot sauce!

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You can also buy The Last Dab Pepper X hot sauces at our New York stores!

As of October 2023, Pepper X is officially the world’s hottest pepper according to the Guinness Book of World Records! Pepper X beat out Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper for the hottest chili in the world title, measuring an average Scoville Heat Unit of 2,693,000 Scovilles. Check out our hottest Pepper X hot sauce, The Last Dab Xperience to try it for yourself, or get it in our Hot Ones Season 22 packs

Pepper X is the hottest pepper in the world, averaging 2,693,000 Scoville units. The pepper was officially measured by Winthrop University in South Carolina, USA, on August 23, 2023 and awarded the Guinness Book of World Records title in September 2023, making it the new world’s hottest pepper. For reference, the Guinness Book of World Records measured Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper at an average of 1,641,183 Scoville units. Pepper X is over 2x hotter than a ghost pepper and more than 1,000x hotter than a jalapeño.

Pepper X has citrus-y, fruity high notes with earthy and verdant low notes, giving Pepper X hot sauces plenty of flavor before their super- Scoville, slow-building heat kicks in. Browse Pepper X sauces.

As of October 2023, the Guinness Book of World Records officially named Smokin' Ed's Pepper X the new hottest chili in the world. Browse Pepper X sauces above or check out our hottest hot sauce collection for other super-hot sauces.

The Scoville heat unit of Smokin’ Ed’s Apollo Pepper has yet to be officially tested, but The Last Dab Apollo is the hottest sauce in our arsenal. Shop The Last Dab Apollo hot sauce.

Pepper X is officially hotter than the Carolina Reaper! Lab tests at Winthrop University in South Carolina determined that Pepper X's Scoville units measured an average of 2.693 million Scovilles, whereas the Carolina Reaper topped out at 2.2 million Scoville units. As of October 2023, Pepper X has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the spiciest chili in the world, making food news worldwide and beating out the Carolina Reaper and other spicy peppers like 7 Pot Peppers, Naga Vipers and Trinidad Scorpion peppers. Some claim a pepper called the Dragons Breath chili was also hotter than the Carolina Reaper but it has not been officially tested. Shop Carolina Reaper hot sauce!

Smokin' Ed Currie developed Pepper X over 10 years of cross breeding peppers in his greenhouse in Fort Mill, South Carolina in the United States. For years, Smokin' Ed has not only enjoyed and grown his own superhot peppers, but he also has a passion for the science of heat and contributing to research studying the benefits of capsaicin.

He first released Pepper X in our Pepper X hot sauce with Hot Ones, The Last Dab. Today, The Last Dab Xperience is made with over 91% Pepper X. Try it on its own or in the Hot Ones Season 22 lineup pack!

One of Smokin' Ed's proprietary peppers, Pepper X is only sold in hot sauce form currently (you cannot buy the seed). We partnered with our good friends at Hot Ones and Ed to bring you high quality Pepper X sauces that let you eXperience the phenomenon. Browse all our Pepper X hot sauces on this page, or check out hot sauces made with other hot peppers.

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