Our Spicy Story
From humble beginnings, sneaking jalapeños on taco nights and drinking hot sauce straight from the bottle, Austin has become a fiery zen master and brought Tara along too. He has been known to casually eat fresh habaneros on sandwiches and munch on jalapeños as snacks! We know not everyone has the desire to feel THAT much heat when they eat, but there are plenty of us who want to kick things up a notch. Our Vancouver BC based, gourmet craft hot sauce company - Roasters Hot Sauce has the answer.
Food is our passion at the Hill house and Roasters is a family affair. For years we’ve dreamed about centering our livelihood on food. We are both trained as research scientists though, so there wasn’t a clear path towards that dream. In 2011, after our first baby was born, we couldn’t make our food as spicy as we wanted, so our hot sauce consumption skyrocketed. We longed for something with more varied flavour than traditional hot sauces, so Austin started making it himself. After a few experiments, it became clear he was on to something special by using only fresh produce and fire roasting it before blending. The result was this perfectly balanced, deep rich and spicy flavour. We never looked back, just knew this was it, and Roasters Hot Sauce was born. After 4 years of making our hot sauces casually and sharing it with friends, we got the kick in the pants we needed to commercialize our recipes, develop the business and launch Roaster Hot Sauce in August 2015.
As our business has grown, we honed our craft and found great purpose in working directly with farmers of the region to source our chile peppers and produce. Yes you can grow chile peppers grow in BC! Currently, as of the 2018 production season, Roasters works with 4 different organic farms across BC to source approximately 90% of the produce that goes into our hot sauces. We will continue to find ways to bring in local and organic produce until that number is 100%.
Our mission, as a family run business, is to support the local economy by working directly with BC farmers to source the best quality chile peppers and produce to make small batch, well balanced, healthy and spicy gourmet fire-roasted hot sauces.