It’s hard to overstate how good the National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show is for showcasing hot sauce makers who’ve made the leap from amateur to professional.
While I was at the 2011 show breaking in my new camera, I interviewed some of these folks to get an idea of who they are. Schultz’s Gourmet was one of them, and their story is pretty cool. They went from supplying their family recipe sauces at high school football cookouts to a national company with products in more than 20 states. Their sauces are carried by Whole Foods, Costco, and many other stores. In other words, Schultz’s has hit the big time with “The Original Cooking Hot Sauce.”
People flocked to their booth all through the show. Their all-natural hot sauce was a serious hit and after tasting it, I could see why. It was a little thick, very flavorful, and had a nice kick. You can see a ton of recipes here on their website but we snagged two for those of you too lazy to click on the link.
Schultz’s Gourmet Potato Salad
8-12 medium boiled red potatoes (skin on)
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
4-6 oz. Schultz’s Gourmet Hot Sauce
8-10 oz. bleu cheese
3/4 lb. rendered bacon (crumbled)
1/2 small red onion (diced)
1 tbsp. dry parsley
1 tbsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
First, mix the Schulz’s Gourmet Hot Sauce with the mayonnaise. Then, dice the potatoes into chunk-sized (not fine) pieces. Mix them in large mixing bowl with the crumbled bacon, bleu cheese, and sauce/mayo mixture. Toss this until blended, then add the onions and spices. Chill and serve. For a creamy potato salad, mash half of the potatoes and stir the salad vigorously before serving.
Heat Scale: Medium
Schultz’s Gourmet Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
2 lbs. of peeled shrimp
1 lb. sliced bacon
6 oz. Schultz’s Gourmet Sweet Heat
Take the peeled shrimp and wrap each with a half strip of bacon. Place 5-7 shrimp on each of your skewers, then place them on a heated grill, giving them indirect heat. Allow the bacon to render tightly around the shrimp. When the skewers are fully cooked, remove the shrimp from them, and add the shrimp to a heated sauce pan with the Sweet Heat and stir. Place a toothpick in each shrimp and serve.
Heat Scale: Medium
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