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Gourmet hot sauces are now ready for the masses. Complex and Unique. Taste first...ask questions later! Read more

St. Louis, MO Food
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Gourmet hot sauces are now ready for the masses. Complex and Unique. Taste first...ask questions later!

St. Louis, MO Food
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FOR BACKERS ONLY - CAVEMAN OUTTAKES

When we filmed the caveman skit we were having fun and filmed some outtakes. The opening piece is from the movie Caveman with Ringo Starr, at least as well as I remember. We also do a little "cavemen meet Three Stooges" thing.  This is a special for backers only.  So please pick a pledge level and get your caveman on!

THE STORY

I love hot sauce. I love to make it. I love to eat it. And sometimes I love to drink it. I like it so much I started my own hot sauce company. I have created three unique, artisan hot sauces with complex flavor profiles. I believe in flavor first, not vinegar. All three sauces are gluten free and do not contain preservatives. They are medium to medium hot. Your mouth will not be in pain but will know it just received a fine how-do-you-do.

THE CHARACTERS

Each sauce has a very different flavor profile. There is something here for everyone. Here is how it plays out.

Red Thunder

Red Thunder is sweet, smoky and tangy. The main players are carrots, ginger, honey, red bell peppers, red onion, tamarind, lime juice, brown sugar, and of course, the stars of the show, red habanero and chipotle peppers. Think BBQ, pizza, wings, pasta, Asian food, beef, pork, chicken and just about anything. The heat level is medium-hot. Red thunder will light up your taste buds!

This pork shoulder is ready to go uptown once accessorized with a moderate dose of Red Thunder.
This pork shoulder is ready to go uptown once accessorized with a moderate dose of Red Thunder.

Island Sunshine

Island Sunshine is both sweet and savory. The sweet comes from pineapples, oranges, honey and brown sugar. The savory comes from carrots, ginger, garlic and red onion. The heat comes from scotch bonnets and red habanero peppers. Island Sunshine pairs well with chicken, pork, seafood, pizza, mac & cheese, Asian dishes and many other foods. The heat level is medium-hot. Island Sunshine is the perfect marriage of pineapples and scotch bonnet peppers. Say “I Do” to Island Sunshine!

This ordinary slice of pizza is made spectacular with a good dowsing of Island Sunshine. This block of smoked cheddar looks happy.
This ordinary slice of pizza is made spectacular with a good dowsing of Island Sunshine. This block of smoked cheddar looks happy.

Rio Grande Mud

Rio Grande Mud is a savory Mexican style sauce. It is earthy, smoky and complex. The cast includes dried guajillo, de arbol and chipotle peppers with red habaneros for heat. Roasted garlic is in no short supply and undertones of chocolate and coffee add balance and complexity. Use on beef, pork, poultry, BBQ, steak, eggs, chili, sandwiches or anything south of the border! The heat level is medium. Transport yourself to Mexico with Rio Grande Mud. Ole!   

Here we have a fine looking ribeye kicking it up a notch with some Rio Grande Mud.
Here we have a fine looking ribeye kicking it up a notch with some Rio Grande Mud.

THE NEED

I am hoping to raise $10,000 for a co-packer to produce and bottle each sauce.  All test batches are complete and I’m ready to pull the trigger.  I’m just missing one thing - $10,000.  The bulk of the proceeds will go to the co-packer with the remaining amount used to print labels and cover freight.  My co-packer is Endorphin Farms.  If you have heard of them then you know they produce some of the best hot sauce on the planet.  Their sauces have won many awards.  I hope to continue that winning streak with these three sauces!

THE REWARDS

Rewards will be shipped in the order received.  First in, first out.  So get on the hot sauce train early! Shipping is included in all reward levels.

All backers will be listed on our website as someone who helped make Ken's Pepper Works possible. You will also be blessed with the knowledge that you’re a really awesome person and I owe you big time. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

The T-Shirt is a Gildan 6.1-ounce, 100% cotton screen print shirt.  This is what the T-shirt looks like (actual color may be slightly more tan).

Here is a graphic of the reward levels.  Hot sauce bottles are 5 oz in size.

Risks and challenges

There is always the possibility the FDA paperwork will be delayed or the proccess not approved. But this is everyday business for my co-packer. I have labels, insurance and am registered with all required state and county governments. I just need to give the green light to the co-packer, who has made a ton of great hot sauce. I guess I could get hit by a bus. That would be a negative :)

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    11 backers

    Every dinero counts! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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    10 backers

    1 bottle of hot sauce + 1 sticker. You pick the flavor. Thank you!

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    25 backers

    2 bottles of hot sauce + 1 sticker. You pick the flavor. Thank you!

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    122 backers

    3 bottles of hot sauce (one of each flavor) + 1 sticker. Thank you!

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    17 backers

    3 bottles of hot sauce (one of each flavor) + 1 T-Shirt + 1 sticker. Thank you!

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    40 backers

    6 bottles of hot sauce (two of each flavor) + 1 sticker. BOOOOOOM! Thank you!

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    4 backers

    6 bottles of hot sauce (you pick the flavor) + 1 T-Shirt + 1 sticker. Thank you!

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    20 backers

    1 case (12 bottles) of hot sauce (four of each flavor) + 1 T-Shirt + 1 sticker. You’ll receive the meaning of life (hint: the answer is 42)! Thank you!

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    4 backers

    1 case (12 bottles) of hot sauce (you pick the flavors) + 2 T-Shirts + 2 stickers. Thank you!

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    3 backers

    2 cases (24 bottles) of hot sauce (you pick the flavors) + 2 T-Shirts + 2 stickers. Thank you!

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    0 backers

    3 cases (36 bottles) of hot sauce (one of each flavor) + 3 T-Shirts + 3 stickers. Thank you!

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