Tips for coming up with your first hot sauce recipe

Posted by Brian on Feb 17, 2018 5:08:18 PM

Perfecting a hot sauce recipe is challenging!  I’d actually say it’s almost impossible since everyone has their own hot sauce preferences and ingredients may vary in taste and heat with each batch. So my advice is to avoid analysis paralysis, turn on the burner, weigh and record all ingredients, make a sauce and then tweak the recipe from there.

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The 2018 World Calendar for Hot Sauce and Chili Festivals

Posted by Brian on Jan 9, 2018 6:32:23 PM

This is the third year we've posted the World Calendar for Hot Sauce and Chile Festivals. We've learned about and added many hot sauces festivals to our calendar from people reaching out, so please comment below if we are missing any.
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The 2017 World Calendar for Hot Sauce and Chili Festivals

Posted by Brian on Dec 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Last year we created the list of 2016 Hot Sauce and Chile Festivals, which turned out to be a helpful resourse for many, so we're bringing you the 2017 edition!
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The best foods for hot sauce

Posted by Brian on Aug 22, 2016 9:35:51 PM

I wrote this blog post knowing that this question could start some heated debates. However, it's really a question that should be embraced and make us feel fortunate for all the amazing hot sauce and food combinations out there.
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The Best Hot Sauces for Oysters

Posted by Brian on Apr 27, 2016 11:02:00 AM

For some people like me, it's always oyster season, but for most people the arrival of warm weather means oyster time has arrived.  There's nothing like sitting at an oceanside restaurant on a warm summer day and having some fresh oysters (with perhaps a few adult beverages too!). There are many popular toppings to put on oysters like lemon, horseradish, or a cocktail sauce. Among chili-heads the best topping for oysters is of course.... Hot Sauce! Here a few different types of Hot Sauces that pair really well with oysters.

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Here's What You Missed: NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Posted by Brian on Apr 26, 2016 9:36:55 AM

This past weekend an influx of chilliheads hot sauce explorers entered the Brooklyn Expo Center to attend the Fourth Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, put on by Steve Seabury of High River Sauces. The event was a huge success for Steve with 45+ vendors and the 1000+ attendees. The beautiful mid 70 degree sunny day, and selection of Craft Beers and oysters was the cherry on top. 
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A Short History of Hot Sauce

Posted by Brian on Jan 21, 2016 6:37:31 AM

Hot Sauces have been around since humans started eating chili peppers, and popular since someone figured out how good they taste. In fact, the Aztecs are known to be the first group to use chili peppers as long as 9000 years ago. They used the peppers not just for flavor, but for medicinal purposes and warfare (pepper spray).

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9 New Year's Resolutions for Hot Sauce Lovers

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Dec 26, 2015 3:43:02 PM

New Year's Resolutions lists are everywhere this time of year, and people are trying to find a few things to work on for next year. However, the problem with most New Year's Resolutions is that they are boring! Why don't you make sure you spice up 2017, and commit to a few of these New Year's Resolutions for Hot Sauce lovers.

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The 2016 World Calendar for Hot Sauce and Chili Festivals

Posted by Brian on Dec 7, 2015 10:10:23 AM

It's not an advent calendar, but for Chileheads around the world it's a very important calendar! We have listed over 41 hot sauce and chile events in our 2016 Calendar, from over 3 different continents, 8 different counties and 18 different states. 

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10 Reasons Why You Should Choose Craft Hot Sauce

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Nov 15, 2015 5:57:49 AM

The Hot Sauce industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and there are a lot of different hot sauce options out there. When I was younger I would find myself buying a bottle of Franks Red Hot or Tabasco to put on my meals, but then..... I discovered specialty hot sauces!!

Each year craft hot sauces are chipping away at the market share of some larger hot sauce companies, and here are 10 reasons why!


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Datil Pepper: St. Augustine's Pepper

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Aug 30, 2015 3:46:45 PM

In the south of Florida you will find this flavor, and the name is familiar. Locally the hot sauce and pepper taste is known by most, and there is even a festival for the pepper, but the name might not be recognized by most chilliheads. The pepper is the Datil pepper.

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How 90 Percent of Hot Sauce Companies Make Their Hot Sauce

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Mar 24, 2015 5:17:01 PM

How do hot sauce companies make their hot sauce? Often people think that it takes a culinary magician to make batch of Hot Sauce, but actually 90% of hot sauce makers have the same process including McIlhenny’s Tabasco sauce and Hoy Fong’s Sriracha. The process comes down to 5 basic steps, but depending on the crafter the complexity varies. Here are the 5 steps that even a novice cook can make.

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How to Turn Hot Sauce Haters into Chiliheads

Posted by Brian Ruhlmann on Jan 21, 2015 3:04:00 PM

For as much as some people love hot sauce, others can’t stand the heat. Sometimes I get frustrated and can’t wrap my head around how people can’t appreciate the fresh flavor of hot sauce and how it can compliment many different meals.

Forcing people to try your favorite hot sauce doesn’t work. I’ve tried it myself and you can’t change their taste buds overnight, but can you over months??

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What is Craft Hot Sauce?

Posted by Brian on Sep 26, 2014 4:55:00 PM

Craft Hot Sauce is hot sauce made by small and independent companies. That answer is plain and simple but Craft Hot Sauce is much more than that. It’s a about the story that goes into the making out it and the great unique flavors that come out of the bottle. The great thing about these small independent sauce companies, is that they can take their own spin on their hot sauce.


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7 Interesting Hot Sauce and Food Combinations

Posted by Brian on Sep 19, 2014 2:05:00 PM

People love their hot sauce and put it on and in a lot of different foods. Some foods make sense, others not so much. Here is a list of 7 foods that some people would expect to be popular hot sauce and food combinations, and some others.. not what you'd expect. 

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Mild Peppers to Hot Peppers on the Scoville Rank

Posted by Brian on Sep 17, 2014 6:33:00 PM

Chili Head #1 “So when I was in Mexico I had the hottest hot sauce on the planet. My eyes were watering for 10 minutes!”


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What do Hot Sauce and Sustainable Construction Have in Common

Posted by Brian on Sep 12, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Workers in the industry like hot sauce? Maybe, but it happens that Hot Sauce was one spot ahead of Sustainable Building Construction and was ranked 8th in the fastest growing industries in 2012.

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11 Funny Hot Sauce Names

Posted by Brian on Sep 11, 2014 6:28:00 PM

Hot Sauce is a competitive market and can be tough to get your name out there. Well these are 11 funny hot sauce names!

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5 Incredible Health Benefits of Hot Sauce

Posted by Brian on Sep 11, 2014 5:38:00 PM

Hot Sauce tastes great and can be that extra kick that makes all the difference in a meal. More than the taste there is are some serious health benefits of hot sauce. Brace yourself for 5 Incredible health benefits of hot sauce.

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