Imagine fries without ketchup, chicken tenders without BBQ sauce, or my personal favorite, pizza with no ranch. Condiments have become essential to some of our common meals, and we each have our own preferences. While mayonnaise continually produces the highest annual revenue, salsa has held the Top Condiment in America title several times in the past 30 years. In Spanish, “salsa” refers to any sauce, however, most of us likely imagine the chunky chip dip. With the significant growth in popularity since 1992, the chunky salsa served as a stepping stone into the world of hot sauces that are now used to top almost any dish.
Colorado, already known for its spicy green chili, is the birthplace of several brands that have concocted their rendition of the chili pepper favorite. If you’re an avid hot sauce eater or know someone who is, support local with one of the following brands.
“I got hot sauce in my bag. Swag.”
Cooper’s Small Batch
Chef John struggled to find food-friendly sauces to complement his popular menu at the now-closed The Crushery. He found that typical hot sauces had overwhelming notes of vinegar or were so spicy that just a couple of drops burned the palate. What John craved was a lineup of hot sauces that would make flavors sing. That’s when John and Michelle took to the kitchen and Cooper’s Small Batch, named after their son, was born.
Both John and Michelle have a passion for bringing artisanal, food-focused, flavor-driven small-batch hot sauces and spices to your kitchen. Handcrafted with only the freshest, all-natural ingredients, try each one and discover how Cooper’s Small Batch hot sauces and spices liven and enhance every meal.
Seed Ranch Flavor Co.
When it comes to flavor, Seed Ranch has your back. Whether you’re topping off tacos, a breakfast sandwich, or fixing a quick snack, there’s always a perfect flavor in Seed Ranch Flavor Co.’s set of sauces and seasonings.
People should be able to trust what they’re eating. That’s why you can count on Seed Ranch for clean, organic ingredients free from preservatives, GMOs, or refined sugar. Seed Ranch Flavor Co. works with farmers and suppliers who hold themselves to the highest standards of integrity so we all can live happier, healthier lives.
Green Belly Hot Sauce
The Boulder Hot Sauce Company
Merfs Hot Sauce
Merfs Condiments came to life when Chef Kelly grew tired of traditional hot sauce, and knew it could be a condiment used at every meal. She combines a variety of fruits, vegetables, and chili peppers to produce sauces that are healthy, tasty, and range from mild heat to super hot.
Wild Green Sauces
Quarantine Project Hot Sauce
Danny Cash Hot Sauce
Burns & McCoy
“Fort Collins, Colorado’s only award-winning hot sauce company is raising the bar with gourmet products that compliment your food, not overpower it.” Having been featured on the YouTube hit, “Hot Ones” seventh season (2018), which documents A-List celebrities being interviewed while eating wings slathered in some of the hottest sauces around, you can be ready for a real kick.
Horsetooth Hot Sauce
Redlaw Sauce Co.
Redlaw is dedicated to cookin’ sauces with the finest all-natural and local ingredients available. Redlaw Sauces are manufactured and hand bottled in small batches in the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Their promise to you is a quality product, all-natural ingredients, and a home-cooked flavor. Your personal Redlaw Chef has created a line of award-winning sauces that are unique, fresh, and untapped.
Check out their all-natural BBQ and hot sauces, hand-crafted with unique flavor profiles that achieve the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.
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