Dave contacted me recently and told me about his hot sauce company. Dave's Handcrafted Hot Sauces is a rather new and small hot sauce company with a few really unique sauces. Dave takes some time to share more about his operation.
I've always been a hot sauce and spicy food lover, but I could never quite find just the "right" sauce for my tastes, so I started making my own for myself and family. After a while I started to get offers from strangers to buy my sauces so I started a small business from that.
Our company is small scale and is being run by myself, my wife and also our older children chip in from time to time. We manage this business part-time. Over time we have developed a very unique flavor profile unlike most of the other mass-produced hot sauces by using fresh ingredients including peppers (duh!) onions, garlic, and herbs. All of our sauces are made by hand in small batches to ensure the same great tastes for each and every batch we make.
We chiliheads LOVE our sauces!! I learned that not all peppers are created (or grown) equal. When I first started making sauces I realized that sometimes stores will sell peppers with different heat profiles, so one batch of fresh jalapeno peppers may not be as hot as the last batch purchased from the same store. To overcome this we adjust the number of peppers used in each batch of hot sauce until the "correct" heat level and flavor is reached. No sauce is bottled until I personally taste it for quality and consistency. My advice to small-batch hot sauce companies like myself is to love what you do and do it well.