6 Spiciest Peppers in The World + Live Eating Reactions

By Jim Liao
Jim Liao
Jim Liao
July 30, 2014 Updated: June 24, 2015

Remember the Bhut Jolokia(Ghost Pepper)?

A few years back, the red-hot pepper took social media by storm, with people posting all sorts of ghost pepper eating challenges(shown above).

Heat, or spiciness is measured in units called Scoville heat units. The ghost pepper was revolutionary in that it was the first pepper to surpass 1 million SHU(1,041,427 SHU), making it the then undisputed hottest pepper in the world.

For comparison’s sake, this is approximately 400 times hotter than tabasco sauce.

But, if you’ve been keeping up with the hot pepper universe, you’d know that the Ghost Pepper is not only no longer the hottest pepper in the world, but has been far surpassed by several other peppers.

So why is the ghost pepper no longer the king of peppers? What caused its fall from grace?

The bad boys below have something to do with it.

Below are the 6 hottest peppers in the world, and if you observe their Scoville Units, each clearly outclass the ghost pepper in heat.


6. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T ~ 1,463,700 SHU

Epoch Times Photo

Pots of Trinidad Scorpion” by Vicary ArchangelOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


Youtube channel tedbarrus — this guy has tried virtually every pepper on this list. The guy seem to make a living “trying foods”, but hey if you can handle it like he can, that’s not bad.


5. 7 Pot Douglah 1,853,936 SHU

Epoch Times Photo

Despite having a unique dark-brown color, this pepper doesn’t have many challengers on social media. 

However, if there is a challenger, once again it is YouTube user tedbarrus. Below is one of his “FBI reports”.


4. 7 Pot Primo ~ 1,900,000 SHU

Epoch Times Photo


3. 7 Pot Brain Strain ~ 1,900,000 SHU

Epoch Times Photo

Haha, he said that the pepper nearly killed him. Unfortunately, at this level of heat, such a statement is probably not an exaggeration.


2. Moruga Scorpion ~ 2,009,231 SHU

Epoch Times Photo

This is fitness guru, competitive eater, and YouTube personality ‘Furious Pete’.

He tends to be a boss at these types of challenges, and he sure bossed this one, taking the 2nd hottest pepper in the world(at the time it was the hottest) in front of hordes of people like it was nothing.



1. Carolina Reaper ~ 2,200,000 SHU

Epoch Times Photo

Carolina Reaper pepper pods” by Dale ThurberOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


Sometimes when I watch these videos, I worry that I am witnessing a death on camera.


Jim Liao
Jim Liao