Things are heating up with Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce
Red Hot Round Up #RHRU is just around the corner, where we’ll be featuring a host of special hot sauces and some of your favorite food trucks will be incorporating these sauces into dish offerings. One of our featured sauces is Firefighter, Lee Taylor’s Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce. Lee took some time with us to dig into the saucy details a little deeper. Read the interview:
Tell us about your journey in the world of peppers. What led you to create your hot sauce?
An overabundance of peppers in my fire house garden in 1994. I made it for 11 years in the kitchen for friends and family before it ever made it into a bottle. The only reason it made it into a bottle and I sell it is to raise money for Palo Alto Firefighters Charitable Fund. 100% of the profits go to charity. So far we have awarded 101 college scholarships to community high school seniors going on to some level of higher education. I make no money from it. Never have, never will.
Where did your love affair with heat come from? Learning to cook and explore food while in high school. It was further enhanced by cooking and sharing meals at the fire house. Meals at the fire house are a very important aspect of the Fire Fighter culture. They build camaraderie and enhance the bond within the team.
What peppers do you think have the best flavor? Fully ripe jalapenos
How do you use peppers in dishes at home? Recently I have been roasting a combination of peppers and making a sweet and spicy sauce for meats (like crispy panko fried pork chops or oak smoked brisket).
What 3 hot sauces do you personally grab for the most? My Original sauce, my XX Habanero sauce (It just won a 1st Place Scovie Award and Scovie Awards are the most competitive and prestigious awards available for Fiery Foods!) or a Horsetooth, in that order…
My favorite pairing or dish with hot sauce is: Might seem boring but I love it on— tacos.
Join us at Red Hot Round Up! http://www.redhotroundup.eventbrite.com/ $5 presale; $10 at door.
Feeling extra spicy? Challenge a firefighter to a dual of the tastebuds in our spicy hot wing contest for $20. One winner will walk away with a weekend to Calistoga’s HOT Springs.
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