Brian from Craft Hot Sauce met Shellie at the New York City Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn. Sweet Heat Gourmet made the trip from State College Pennsylvania and is our second Craft Hot Sauce Profile from Pennsylvania. Jak Jeckel Pepper Sauce was our first PA Craft Hot Sauce Profile and was actually also at the New York City Hot Sauce Expo. Special thanks to Shellie for writing about Sweet Heat Gourmet.
How we started in Hot Sauce
My husband and I have been chileheads for years. After purchasing a few sauces that we didn't care for, I decided to try making my own. I had graduated culinary school at the age of 43 after being a stay at home mom for years and knew I didn't want to work 90 hours in a hot kitchen. So I was using local ingredients from the farmers markets to make hot sauces and BBQ sauces and had fun creating new combinations. I was giving them to family and friends and kept hearing "you should sell these!" So we started looking into it and well, 4 years later, here I am!
Our Operation and Most Popular Sauces
We make all our sauces by hand, bottle them by hand, label, etc. We rent a certified community kitchen in a little town in Central PA called Spring Mills. Our most popular hot sauce is still our Pineapple & Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce, it won a Golden Chile for Best Fruit Based Hot Sauce in 2015. But we have a new sauce that's been selling extremely well, our Key Lime Pear Hot Sauce. It's low in heat but full of flavor, it's unique from anything else out there and can be used for sweet or savory foods.
The Story Behind Fatalii Hot Sauce
We get asked a lot why our fatalii sauce is called Sinclair's Fatalii Hot Sauce. People wonder if it's a certain type of fatalii etc. It's actually named after one of our young customers. Our first year in business a young boy said he was growing fatalii's and I said bring some to me when they're ready and I'll make a hot sauce. Sure enough, a few months later he brought me his peppers. We made sauce and people liked it so much, we asked his parents if we could name the sauce after him and the rest is history!
State College, PA
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