Owner & Pepper Head Deja Hart came to love hot sauce while growing up in Southern California. Her true love of hot peppers began when she became the executive chef at a boutique Thai and Indonesian fusion restaurant in Manhattan Beach California where she worked with two wonderful Thai ladies.
Upon moving to Rhode Island, Deja's red headed husband Karsten (hence "Rhed's) started a pepper garden in their backyard. Each year, the pepper varieties that they planted became more unique, thus spurring on Deja's goal to create the most flavorful, well balanced hot sauce.
Made with peppers and vegetables sourced seasonally from local Rhode Island Farms including: Chris & Kristina's Market Garden, Luckyfoot Ranch, Zephyr Farm and Garman Farm.
What makes this sauce unique: Most hot sauces are comprised of three ingredients (chilies, salt and vinegar). Rhed’s Original Hot Sauce is a blend of fresh jalapeno’s, dried chocolate habaneros, roasted garlic, onions, carrot, coriander, salt and two types of vinegar creating a flavorful, well balanced sauce. The chili mash is fermented for over two weeks before combining with the other ingredients, adding another layer of flavor.
Deja also teaches classes at Newport Cooks, a cooking school for adults and children in Middletown, Rhode Island.
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