High River Sauces have been generating quite a buzz in the hot sauce world over the past few years, and we're thrilled to be bringing them in as part of the Hot Sauce Depot family. Founded in 2011 by music industry veteran and author of the cookbook Mosh Potatoes Steve Seabury, High River Sauces started winning awards right out of the gate and haven't stopped since. That's probably because Steve is just as passionate about food as he is about music, so he's worked hard to make sure that his artisan sauces are high-quality and all-natural, with no artificial flavorings or preservatives. He comes up with the flavor profiles by taking into consideration the various foods he eats, what his culinary friends are doing in their restaurants, and what his friends ask him to cook for them. The result? Awesome sauces made by hot-sauce-lovers for hot-sauce-lovers.
Founder of the NYC and California Hot Sauce Expos
Steve even took his love of hot sauce a step further when he and his wife Lisa founded the NYC Hot Sauce Expo in 2013, birthplace of the Screaming Mi Mi Awards. This year’s NYC Expo features the first-ever round of inductions into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame to recognize and celebrate some of the legends of fiery foods. And on top of that, Steve has also announced that the first California Hot Sauce Expo will take place in 2015, giving West-Coast chiliheads something to look forward to this summer.
“I’m really excited about the Cali Expo because it will be the West Coast version of the NYC Expo,” Steve told me. “We will do a people’s choice [award] at the CA Expo. It’s going to be a blast for anyone who attends. That I can promise.”
Steve's High River Recommendations
If you’re just getting into hot sauces and want to try something new, Steve recommends trying High River’s Hellacious or Tears of the Sun.
“Both have a medium heat level but both have amazing flavor profiles,” he explained. “The Hellacious Hot Sauce has a nice smoky profile from the fire-roasted peppers that matches amazingly with red meats, while the Tears of the Sun has a nice sweetness to complement chicken, pork, and even fish.”
However, if you’re a seasoned chilihead and this is the first time you’re trying High River, Steve thinks you’ll go for the Rogue and Foo Foo Mama Choo hot sauces: “The Rogue features the flavors of the Blood Oranges with the kick of the Scorpion and Ghost Peppers. Our Foo Foo Mama Choo features the Carolina Reaper Pepper, and this sauce has been a big seller for us this past year,” he said. “People freak out on it.”
Steve has plans for some new sauces coming up, including a wing sauce, so be on the lookout for those sometime in 2015. “I’m working on a new hot sauce to come out before the CA Expo, and I’m hoping to get out a wing sauce before football starts,” he reported. “I have the recipes done—just need to create the artwork for the labels.”
In closing, Steve hopes you enjoy High River’s style of East-Coast hot sauce, and he also hopes to see everyone at the NYC and CA Hot Sauce Expos. He’s a super-nice guy, so make sure you say hi to him when you see him there! I included links below with information just in case you don’t have your tickets yet.