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About

Salamander Sauce – Bringing flavor and fire together!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

  • I’ll never want hot sauce-less chowder again! - All About Fifth, Brooklyn Blog
  • I've had the pleasure of sampling the sauces and they are fantastic! Those that enjoy spicy foods with amazing flavors....these sauces are a way to take it to a whole new level! S.M. CA
  • "You sir, make fine sauce." - J.W. NYC
  • "These sauces are like a symphony in a bottle" - K.P. NYC (Personally, I like to think of a symphony like Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries.)
  • "Great Product, wonderful flavors with surprising heat that does not overwhelm the taste!" - C.C., Boston, MA
  • "My wife eats hot sauce now" - J.W. Brooklyn, NY
  • "This is SO hot, but I can't stop eating it!" - A.K. Jackson, MS

    I love hot spicy food but I just can’t find commercial hot sauces that I enjoy, so to solve this problem I decided to create my own. Rather than creating yet another vinegar-based concoction or one of those flavorless sauces whose only claim to greatness is their searing heat, I have taken hot sauces in a new direction.

My philosophy is simple; that hot sauces should be hot, but the heat should be matched by the flavor, that the sauces should be made with the freshest ingredients possible, which means locally sourced, and that the sauces should be all natural. Following these principles I have created sauces which tantalize the palate with depth of flavor while still delivering a good hearty kick; sauces which compliment a wide variety of foods; sauces which balance flavor and fire.

Brooklyn sauces made in true Brooklyn style: intense and fun

My Goals:

  • Share my passion for flavor and fire with all of you! 
  • Rock your world with incredible flavors and heat. 
  • Release other unique sauces that I have been developing. 
  • Continue to support small local farms. 
  • Expand the product line beyond hot sauces. 
  • Fulfill my dream of working for myself.

Here is where you come in:

By supporting me and this project you will help launch Salamander Sauce to the next level!

This is what the funds will be used for:

  • Fund the first round of production of three sauces. 
  • Purchase insurance. 
  • Purchase our own UPC codes. 
  • Purchase several small pieces of equipment needed by the kitchen to produce my unique sauces. 
  • Produce the first run of labels. 
  • Have the website redesigned by a professional. 

 I have many stretch goals and rewards in mind for exceeding our goal starting at $1000 over our base goal. 


Flavors:

Original: Origins. The foundation. We wanted to make a hot sauce that was seriously hot but also a serious sauce. So we took red bell pepper, habanero and jalapeno, and blended in carrot, garlic, ginger and cilantro. Smoky and intense, but also herbaceous, our original hot sauce brings extra fire to any food, but never burns. 

Suggested Uses: Add it to soups, chowders and stews (that's a New England clam chowder in the video). Try it as a dipping sauce with chicken, beef or my favorite, smoked pork. Mix it with ranch dressing and use it in a wrap with chicken, cheese and greens. Make a spicy Bloody Mary or Bloody Maria. Shred some cabbage add lemon juice, a little mayo, salt, pepper and Salamander Original for a spicy slaw. Throw some on a steak and toss it on the grill, just be aware, grilling seems to tame the heat. 

Tropical: The tropics are home to bright, sweet fruits and intense, sultry heat. This sauce captures both, with pineapple, papaya, mango and kiwi bouncing around the spice of habanero chilies and fresh jalapeno. Memorable but mellow, with fresh citrus and garlic for balance, it dances gracefully between refreshing and spicy. 

 Suggested Uses: Use it on pork, chicken, steak and seafood. Tropical makes a great marinade, just put a nice coating on the meat, toss it in the fridge for a couple of hours then let the flames of the grill caress it. Use it as a dip for fried fish, put a drop or two on fresh oysters and clams. Tropical Margaritas with a kick anyone? How about Pina Coladas? 

Strawberry: Sometimes sweetness is just a mask. The smell of ripe strawberries gives way to fiery habaneros that bite like no berry ever could. But then the cool, refreshing taste of fresh orange lingers on your tongue after the heat subsides, and the temptation of another sweet spoonful rises. 

Suggested Uses: This sauce is the real surprise! A friend marinates his pork chops with a little strawberry sauce for an hour or so then pan sears it and finishes it in the oven with a little more sauce. Put a drop on your fresh oysters. I love to dip my lobster salad slider in it and it goes really well with smoked pork and chicken too! Mix some with a little olive oil and champagne vinegar to make a great strawberry vinaigrette for your salad. What about after dinner? Try it over vanilla ice cream, cheesecake, sorbets or even warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. How about a drop with a nice stinky cheese and crackers? Great for cocktails too, add a kick to your daiquiri, make a strawberry margarita. 

 No lie, I gave a scoop of vanilla ice cream with strawberry hot sauce to someone at a cookout last summer, they loved it so much they asked me if they could design my logo for a bottle of it.  

Check out the Updates section for recipes that people have sent me.


The Story:

     I started by researching recipes and then formulated my own. After several attempts I felt I was getting close so I brought my sauce to the highly respected Brooklyn, NY restaurant where I work. My co-workers loved the sauce, but it still wasn't there in my opinion. Several more attempts were made before I was truly excited about it. Everyone that tasted it told me to bottle it and sell it, so I looked into it. Not knowing what I know now I decided to give up.

      Literally the next day I discovered that I wasn't getting off that easily. On my way to work a friend stopped me to say that he was opening a restaurant and he wanted my sauce in there. All I could say was OK. Then, at work, the head chef approached me and gave me the information I needed to make this a possibility!

     The sauce was there for the opening of my friend’s restaurant and people loved it. They are clamoring to buy it. Soon word was spreading about both the restaurant and my sauce, so we decided to do a tasting. I made five sauces for the event.

     Before we knew it the kitchen was swamped and soon ran out of food, but the people kept coming. We bought some chips and kept serving the sauces.

     This was the beginning of the Salamander Sauce Company!

One of many cookouts with Salamander Sauce
One of many cookouts with Salamander Sauce

Everything began to fall into place. I was asked to bring my sauces to cookouts where I met people that offered their help in exchange for hot sauce. Web site construction, logo design and information were all offered in trade for my sauces! 

  Stores have been asking when they can stock it for sale. A chef about to open a restaurant in Philadelphia, PA asked to meet with me about bringing my sauce in. An award winning breakfast hot spot (for over twenty years) in southeastern CT invited me to do a tasting and has expressed interest in serving and selling the sauce, as have several local Brooklyn restaurants and gourmet shops. I have been approached by a local NYC food magazine as well as a national magazine dedicated to fiery food, both with an offer to do a feature. The anchor of a major news network has also hinted at doing a feature on their radio show!

     Clearly people love the sauces and want to support in any way they can!

New bottles, found these 8oz after shooting the video
New bottles, found these 8oz after shooting the video

These new bottles just became available to me and since I love them so much I quickly created some labels to give you an idea of what they will look like. My label printer has larger labels that will feature all of the information. I apologize for the discrepancy between the video and the pictures above. 

I have spent the better part of a year laying the foundation for this company to be successful, not only at the start but down the road. By utilizing the opportunity to do tastings in CT and NYC I have developed a strong base of support locally with offshoots around the country and attracted the attention of food distributors as well as some influential people; all are excited to help. The hot sauce industry is currently experiencing a revolution and steady growth. People are becoming more adventurous with what they eat and are beginning to realize that there can be more to hot sauce than what is currently offered in stores. People want it all; flavor, heat, texture and versatility in a sauce. There is no better time to launch these tantalizing sauces!

Salamander T's
Salamander T's


Salamander Hoodies
Salamander Hoodies

Risks and challenges

The main challenge at the start is working with the co-packer to have these sauces produced to spec. We will thus start with a small test batch of each sauce.
After the numerous times that I have made these sauces, with a few botched batches mixed in, I’m confident that I have the ability to steer them in the right direction. That being said, this is a talented crew and I really don't see them taking long to pick up the subtleties of creating my sauces.
In regards to other potential problems, to avoid delays down the line all of the sauces have already been approved for production and the co-packer knows what to expect. I have already begun working with the label printer to avoid delays as well. In addition, I have also been working with a small company for t-shirts and hats; the stitching is down and the first shirts should arrive soon.

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