If you like the recipes on the blog, then consider supporting the test kitchen. We have a number of mini recipe collections currently in the works. These are 5-10 recipes in each, most not on the blog, to help you explore specific ingredients and related flavor pairings for less than the cost of a bottle of good craft hot sauce.
Hot sauce makes a great gift around the holidays and if your kids like spice, it's a great project to do together that doesn't cost much money or require a big investment.
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Email for details - $5 / collection or buy 2, get 1 free.
This 35-45 minute class covers how to build a better batch of chile.
It starts with how to build the 7 layers of flavor that go into the perfect pot, covers 9 mistakes many people make when they cook chili and wraps up with how to make your own chile powder, based on your personal spice preference.
Email for schedule. $20 / person. Also available on-site in the Atlanta area. Ask for event pricing.
This class is designed to help you get an appreciation for the 7 primary types of hot sauce and 12 regional barbecue sauces. It also includes 10 peppers that every hot sauce and barbecue sauce crafter should know about.
Email for schedule. $20 / person. Also available on-site in Atlanta. Ask for event pricing.
www.FarOutFoodz.com - Over 50 unique spice blends and rubs that are free of MGS, soy and gluten. It all started with the Cajun Sprinkle from their family restaurant in GA. Ask about the $1 sample packs and tell them I sent you. Check out loyal fans on Twitter @faroutfoodz
www.ATXHotSauce.com Great fermented blends. Gold medals from regional festivals. Follow on Twitter to get entered into monthly giveaway. @Armie_atx
www.SilkCityHotSauce.com - This local grown producer from VT offers a wide range of hot sauce, hot honey and hot syrup offerings, often inspired by comedians with comic book style art. Several of these sauces benefit from local maple syrup for a extra touch of sweetness. NightMayr combines both apples and pears in a verde that is a nice twist. While I've not tried it, he even has a Buffalo hot sauce with Bleu cheese! Twitter - @silkcityhot IG - @silkcityhotsauce
www.KomodoSauces.com - Small batch, Asian and African flavor inspired hot sauce from Atlanta, GA. The Komodo Black is enough to start a 7th category of Hot Sauce - Umami based sauces, as it is like a spicy, sweet soy sauce. Now available on Amazon. Check company profile here. IG - @Komodosauces
www.ConeyIslandSaucery.com - Craft hot sauce with character. They currently offer a verde sauce with a milder profile that has nice linger and a good green punch from scallions and spinach. They also offer a red cayenne based sauce that is similar to a Buffalo style sauce. The owner used to run a hot sauce shop, so he tried to make something a little different than what you can find everywhere and in my opinion, he succeeded. Check company profile here. Twitter - @ConeyIslSaucery IG - @coneyislandsaucery
www.TheSpicyShark.com - Super creative craft hot sauce with a purpose. They have a full line of hot sauce, a unique maple sriracha, award-winning Hot Maple Syrup and hot honey. Part of their proceeds go to shark education / conservation organizations. Their founder, Gabe, started the New England Hot Sauce Festival in July, 2022. Check out the company profile here Twitter / IG - @TheSpicyShark
www.UpAllNightGourmetGoods.com - This farm-to-bottle producer from Hendersonville, NC has some creative sauces that include ingredients like applewood-smoked habanero, local honey, heirloom tomatoes, Carolina reaper chiles, and even beer, there is something for just about every heat level. Check out the company profile here. IG upallnightgourmetgoods
www.PointBlankPepperCompany.com - Smoke Rings are "elevated" bread and butter style pickled jalapeño rings, also with habanero rings for extra spice. They also have a sweet and sour ghost chile sauce and jalapeño sauce, which are unique in the hot sauce world. IG: pointblankpeppercompany
www.TheSpicyGnome.com - Minnesota-based small batch hot sauce, salsa and spice grinder company was born out of the need to bring craft hot sauce without onions to the market. Based on family recipes, these citrus-forward, well balanced hot sauces exceed the standards, with multiple varieties, including a nice medium heat verde with serrano, habanero and lime (Enchanted Flame) all the way up to scorching. Twitter / IG - @thespicygnome
www.PogosPeppers.com - Veteran-Owned, NH-based hot sauce. The OG has a mild pineapple finish which plays nicely with the habanero. The Colonel's Mustard gets a little back heat from habanero but is well balanced. The jalapeño lime is very traditional. IG @pogospeppers
www.HorseshoeBrand.com - Started in 2008, they have won medals in competition and have a broad range of sauces. Their verde includes Kiwi, which provides a mild fruitiness on the finish. Their Korean sauce shows their range and is a great example of an Asian-style hot sauce that isn't too sweet with great depth from shiitake mushrooms and gochujang. They also sell BBQ sauce. IG / Twitter - @horseshoebrand
www.SourceFireSauce.com - Very creative, chef-driven hot sauce company with some atypical offerings, like their mild tahini based sauce with cayenne, lemon and mint, and their hottest sauce with Carolina Reaper, raisins and apricots that lets you feel the heat, but doesn't try to kill you. IG @sourcefiresauce
www.HighRiverSauces.com - Making 3 appearances on the popular "HotOnes" and nabbing multiple awards, High River has a range of sauces from milder to melting with a range of flavors, including Hellacious, a chipotle sauce with habanero for kick, Cheeba Gold with mustard and curry, and Thunder Juice, finished with tequila that is his hottest sauce Reapers and chocolate ghosts. Owner Steve also puts on multiple annual Hot Sauce Festivals, like in NYC and Chicago. Twitter / IG - @highriversauces
www.RicOrlando.com - Chef Ric has appeared on "Beat Bobby Flay" and Chopped. He's come up with a range of well-composed, award-winning hot sauces, including a great Scotch Bonnet mustard sauce (Trini Daddy). He also has a collection of rubs inspired by world cuisines. Ask about his Sicily food tours! IG chefricorlando
www.GrumpyDadSauceCompany.com - Creative small batch hot sauce from Kentucky from a former teacher turned gardener. He started with Carolina Reaper, Scorpion and Ghost Chiles, but has since moved to milder fare as well. Twitter @top3peppersauc1
www.AuCoFineFoods.com - Makers of Sa Te chili crisp with lemongrass. This is a great product for Asian food and vegetables in general. I love the addition of lemongrass, which is a great herb not often used in the west. Bring the umami and extra texture with this offering! Twitter - @AuCoFineFoods
www.JerseyGirlHotSauce.com - This woman-owned business focuses on all-natural sauces made from fresh vegetables. Their main base includes one of my favorite adjuncts - sweet potato, along with tomato. The medium does well with vegetable forward dishes, especially soup. The Honey Bee includes some super hot chiles to add extra heat and linger.