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It turns out that folks REALLY like our smoked hot sauces but our tiny home smoker just can't keep up
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You did it! Thank you!

Now that we know that we're getting the smoker I have been dreaming off all of the things that I can do with it. I know that we're going to make Chipotle Flakes more often. I've been thinking that a Smoked Ghost Pepper hot sauce would be amazing. Maybe some Chipotle Powder (if I can get my old coffee grinder to grind it fine enough). So I've added a couple of reward levels. Any additional funds raised will go toward the new kitchen that we're building.

Here's the original goal that y'all made possible:

So, folks really like our smoked hot sauces, like Smoked Onion, Maple Rum Chipotle and Rum Barrel Fermented Smoked Jalapeño. Smoked Onion has won awards! And Rum Cask is just stick a fork in me and call me done delicious (not to mention our most coveted hot sauce). But I often get asked for MORE smoked hot sauces. Like something with smoked peppers and available all of the time in stores. But smoking takes time. And a lot of it in our little 900 square inch home-smoker. It would take us 8 days of feeding/attending the smoker every 30 minutes to smoke enough peppers for one big batch of chipotle hot sauce. 

So there’s a disconnect between what we can do and what people want us to do. And there is little I love more in this world than solving problems and fulfilling folks hot sauce hopes and dreams. But we need your help. 

The smoker we want would shrink our smoking time from 8 days down to 2. But, most importantly, because it’s a commercial smoker, it does all of the hard work and doesn’t need attention every 30 minutes, like our darling little home smoker. We can set it up and then head off to make hot sauce, ship web orders or drink beer (ok, really pack granola while thinking about drinking yummy Vermont beer after our shift is done). 

$9000 would get our smoker made, delivered and running. If magic happens and we get more than that, we have a whole other project going on that would love some funding. A little over a year ago we expanded from 450 square feet to 3000 and we’re already running out of room. So we’re building a second kitchen within our walls to increase capacity for both our own production and the other companies that rent space from us to do their production. This new kitchen will cost us about $13,000 for a new sink/plumbing, ovens, electricity and carpentry. This will move the bakery out of the savory kitchen and allow baking and hot sauce to happen at the same time. My plan is to take out a loan to pay for the new kitchen but having it prefunded by our fans would be simply amazing.

Are you new to our hot sauces and wondering what yummy things we make? Are you wondering why a bakery is making hot sauce? Check us out at www.ButterflyBakeryVT.com.

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I love how straightforward this project is. Some of my earlier smoker plans involved complicated shipping or an outdoor shed to build. This one will just roll off the truck and be ready for seasoning and smoking.

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    Buy a few signed yummy hot sauces

    This gets you 3 *signed* bottles of the very first batch of Maple Wood Smoked Chipotle Hot Sauce to come out of the smoker.

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    Mixed Discovery Pack small

    Get 4 hot sauces. One will be out of the new smoker and the other three will be a mix of our other flavors. This is a great way to see all the yum that we do!

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    Full of a little smoke

    We're planning on doing more exciting things with the smoker. There are no guarantees as to what all these things would be, but would likely include Chipotle Flakes, Smoked Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce, maybe a Chipotle Mustard. And of course the signed Maple Wood Smoked Chipotle Hot Sauce that everyone else is getting. This will be a small smattering of smoked goodness.

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    Friend of the Smoker $50

    This is for folks who just want to help make this project happen and only want warm squishy feelings in return. I will tell the smoker about you and make sure that it knows how much you care.

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    Custom 5 bottle labels

    You design the label (to our printer/print size specifications) and we'll print it out and slap it on whatever 5 regularly priced bottles you want (please note, that unless you want to wait until we're making a specific batch (which may be months), this label will go on *over* our current label). Timing depends on when you can have the artwork ready (if you just want a simple change - like wording - we can do that for you. Anything more elaborate is all you). Also, please note, our printer is not great at printing photos.

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    Some random stuff

    We do a lot of copacking and product development for other companies and this means we end up with lots of random bottles of unlabeled hot sauce that we can't sell. And really, try as I might, I can only eat so much hot sauce myself. These are all safe hot sauces, we just can't tell you what's in the bottle or who we made them for (for proprietary reasons). This reward will be one bottle of the first batch out of the smoker and 11 mystery bottles (there might be repeats or veeeerrrrryyyy similar flavors as we worked on a recipe). Don't get this if you have allergies because we legit can't tell you what's in there (ok, none of them have shellfish or meat, but after that you're on your own). So really, the question is, are you feeling lucky?

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    Buy more yummy signed hot sauce

    This gets you 8 *signed* bottles of the very first batch of Maple Wood Smoked Chipotle Hot Sauce to come out of the smoker (free shipping in the US)

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    Mixed Discovery Pack large

    Get 8 hot sauces. One will be out of the new smoker and the other 7 will be a mix of our other flavors. This is a great way to see all the yum that we do! (Free shipping within the US)

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    Rum Barrel Fermented Smoked Jalapeno

    We usually limit the sale of our most coveted hot sauce because of how little we can make at a time. But for this specific pre-buy, there is essentially no limit (there is a little limit because of batch size and production capacity).

    This is for 6 bottles of our Rum Barrel Fermented Smoked Jalapeno Hot Sauce, which is made from our house maple wood smoked jalapenos, stuffed into a rum barrel, fermented and then cooked into this sublime sauce. We wax dip the tops for specialness. If you want more than 6 of these hot sauce, buy multiples of this option. Free shipment within the US will happen in late November/early December.

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    Get the very first bottle off the line

    This gets the very first bottle of the very first batch of Maple Wood Smoked Chipotle Hot Sauce to come out of the smoker (numbered 1) plus 7 more *signed* bottles of the hot sauce (free shipping in the US) for a total of 8 bottles

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    Full of a lot of smoke

    We're planning on doing more exciting things with the smoker. There are no guarantees as to what all these things would be, but would likely include Chipotle Flakes, Smoked Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce, maybe a Chipotle Mustard. And of course the signed Maple Wood Smoked Chipotle Hot Sauce that everyone else is getting. This will be a big smattering of smoked goodness and shipping is free within the US.

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    Friend of the Smoker $100

    This is for folks who just want to help make this project happen and only want warm squishy feelings in return. I will tell the smoker about you and make sure that it knows how much you care.

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    Vermont loves you

    A yummy box of Vermont surprises. There is some amazing food made in Vermont and we are friends with a lot of the folks making it! We'll ship you a box of shelf stable goodies that you and your friends would love to nom on (so yeah, that means no Ben and Jerry's or Heady Topper - sorry). And of course, there will be two bottles of the first chipotle hot sauce to come out of the smoker. Shipping is included within the US.

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    Name a microbatch hot sauce after you

    We will name a microbatch hot sauce after you (subject to limitations) and then give you a case of said hot sauce to show off to all of your friends. (Shipping is included within US).

    Limitations to this include copy write (i.e. we're not going to name it Frank's) and our personal taste (i.e. we're not going to call it Butt Creamer). If either of those issues encompass your name, we'll work together to find a suitable alternative (for the hot sauce, not your name). Also, timing will vary depending on when we are making a suitable microbatch, but we will aim to complete it before the holidays (and preferably much sooner)

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    Hot Sauce Class

    Learn how to make hot sauce! We'll make a few different kinds and talk a bit about what's involved in making hot sauce at the home and professional levels. You'll get to bring home the hot sauce that we make in the class.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a group class is on Sunday September 23 1PM-4PM at the bakery in Montpelier. When you choose this you are committing to that date and time. There will be no refunds for not being able to attend the class on that date.

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    Our Old Smoker

    Since y'all have funded our new smoker, we no longer need our old smoker. It's a Masterbuilt 40" electric smoker and has serves us very well over the last year. We actually liked it so much that we bought an identical one for our house (which is why we really don't need to keep this one). Pickup or alternately arranged shipping.

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    Food business consulting 10 hours

    Do you have a budding food business that you want help with? Do you have a recipe that you need help developing? Are you starting a hot sauce business and are a little overwhelmed by all the regulations? I can help! I've been doing business consulting, recipe development and even copacking for over 10 years and would love you help you get going or growing.

    Please note: I do not know state regulations other than my own. I might be able to provide you with a direction, but you will need to conduct your own state specific research.

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