Tis the season for seeing beautiful chili peppers coming in and dreaming up new hot sauces. I've been working on a fermented Louisiana-style sauce that hits this past month and tried dozens of creative homemade hot sauces at the Chilifest Hot Sauce contest put on by Kitchen Garden Farms. The event was a blast!
I also had a conversation with Dave of Silagy Sauce from Vancouver, Washington on the Craft Hot Sauce podcast. They make unbelievable sauces and take the right approach to it all. Check out the latest podcast episode here.
Corbett's Kitchen shared with us how they started an allergen-friendly food business. A couple years in, they shifted to making hot sauce after some people said they were allergic to vinegar, so they made a vinegar-free hot sauce.
Before I go, I wanted to say a quick congrats to Burns & McCoy, Smokin Ed from Puckerbutt Pepper Co, and Karma Sauce who all have their super hot hot sauces on the lineup of Hot Ones. They’ve all been contributors to CraftHotSauce.com from the very beginning and it’s great to see all the well-deserved recognition. Can’t wait to see how celebs respond to their sauces in the new season of the popular YouTube Series Hot Ones.
Have a great day,
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I wanted your first note of the year to come from the hot sauce part of your life. Happy New Year! I hope you’re in good health and I’m counting on 2022 being a great year ahead.
I’m here to share a recent conversation I had, which is now on the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast. Sometimes when I write this newsletter or market a hot sauce, it’s not my most natural channel of communication. The podcast has grown to be my favorite way of connecting with the wider craft hot sauce community and sharing those experiences with you.
Hope you’re enjoying your week as we ease into the winter months. In the past couple of newsletters I’ve described the hustle and bustle of the chili pepper harvest season. I feel like the mania that built up during summer peaked a couple weeks ago at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo.
The event was everything we hoped for with lots of engagement with hot sauce enthusiasts and makers. We gave out more samples of Craic Sauce over a two day period than ever before, receiving lots of positive feedback, especially with our Brian Boru’s Curry sauce.