Ever wanted to make your own hot sauce but not sure how? Ryan Brown is here to help.
Brown is a co-founder of Handsome Devils Co., the Bondi-based producers of beard oil, T-shirts and, most notably, hot sauces.
The company was formed in 2013 when Brown began making hot sauce in his kitchen. “I was eating lots of hot sauce, it was costing me way too much money to buy it every week,” he says. “I started looking at the products every week and there was so much crap in them. So much sugar, preservatives and other rubbish.”
Brown wanted to make something with a more acidic and tangy flavour profile. So he began to experiment, starting with a chipotle flavour, and hasn’t looked back since. The Handsome Devils range is now up to seven sauces and includes a barbeque, a savina (a combination of habanero chilli, coriander and mango) and a de Arbol (a classic Mexican red hot-sauce).
This coming Monday night Brown will be taking over Work-Shop in Fortitude Valley and letting punters in on the secrets behind his hot sauce. Attendees will be shown how to make an all-natural condiment themselves, get to taste different kinds of sauce, and take home both their own creation and a bottle of Handsome Devils Co.’s latest release, The Doctor.
Brown reckons his experience, making sauce from scratch at home, means he has a better insight into helping others bottle their own. “When I learned it was trial and error,” he says. “I slowly refined them and we got better and better … Once I made that chipotle, the other sauces came a lot easier. We’ve gone from six or seven weeks to six or seven days to refine our product.”
The classes will also involve food and beer supplied by Young Henrys. “So if nothing else you can at least get a bit of a buzz on,” Brown says.
The Handsome Devils Co. hot sauce classes take over Work-Shop Brisbane (321 Water Street, Fortitude Valley) this Monday November 13. Tickets available here.