Indie Ogden Spotlight: Burn Your Tongue Hot Sauce

Everyone loves hot sauce and if you think you don’t chance are you haven’t tried the RIGHT one for you. Thanks to Burn Your Tongue, you can be like Beyonce and carry hot sauce in your bag, swag.  This local hot sauce company not only sells a ton of brands and flavors, but they host regular tastings so you can try them all, all 465 of them. Check out this Q&A to learn more!

First thing first, where are you located?

For going on eight years now, we have a large booth inside The Quilted Bear in Ogden at the Newgate Mall. “You can get what where? Hot Sauce at the Quilted Bear!” On May 12th, we expanded to our second location at the new “Locals” store in Logan. Our goal is to have our own retail store one day. We want to become THE destination for Northern Utah’s hot sauce and fiery food fans – Chileheads!

How did you get into selling hot sauces?

Before moving to Utah in 2003, I was a Store Manager for See’s Candies at Horton Plaza in San Diego, CA. During my breaks and lunches, I would often visit a small satellite store in the mall called Hot Licks. I would trade samples and spend time looking around at all the unique sauces. Enjoying trying new things, and with their large variety, I began my interest in hot & spicy sauces. I also used to visit another location, still there today, just a couple of miles behind the mall at Seaport Village. After a trip back to SD in 2007, I returned wanting to bring the experience back to Utah with me. After quite a bit of research, Burn Your Tongue Hot Sauces opened July 2009. We even won a Best of Utah award from Salt Lake City Weekly just a few years later!

What are your top 3 favorite hot sauces?

While I’ve built up a spicy tolerance, for daily sauces, I go more for flavor than just heat. One of my favorites to start the day is “ZING” from Mikey V’s Foods in Texas. I tell people the name is short for SurpriZING and AmaZING!  I POUR this all over breakfast! Sweet, with bits of red Fresno and garlic bits, the eggs, bacon, and even the toast are not safe! It is great for a lot of other dishes too. Locally, it reminds me a lot of Iggy’s bread dipping sauce. There is also a spicier version available with Ghost pepper powder added.

Two other sauces that are always at the ready are “Día Del Perro” (Day of the Dog) from Lucky Dog Hot Sauces in Hayward, CA and the “Pirate’s Blend Caribbean Condiment” from Half Moon Bay Trading Co (HMBTC) from Atlantic Beach, FL.

Lucky Dog’s Día Del Perro (DDP) is an Alderwood-smoked Serrano pepper sauce with green Tomatillo, toasted onion, roasted garlic and Chile Tepin. My go-to story (and meal) for this sauce is to take a hot, fresh Carne Asada burrito, rip open the top, and then pour in the DDP. The tanginess of the green Tomatillo and Chile Tepin blend with the hot juices from the meat and the Pico inside, then cap off each bite with a dollop of nice, cold sour cream all the way to the end!

Pirates Blend – Caribbean Condiment, made by the same company well known for the Iguana Sauces used at Café Rio, is a ginger, cumin, mustard, garlic, celery and Cayenne sauce. It really goes well with seafood, poultry, rice dishes, eggs, and MORE! It’s spicier than it is hot. I also alternate using both Día Del Perro and Pirates Blend CC in place of steak sauce.

I know you said three, but I’d like to add in a new favorite sauce from Ogden’s own Z’s Hot Sauces and Marinades. My favorite in their lineup is Viking’s Blood. It is an all-natural, triple pepper blend of Red Fresno, Serrano, and Habanero. A great sauce that is versatile enough to go on almost anything. James and Julie of Z’s do have another sauce, and much more, in the works that could soon overthrow it!

What about people that don’t like super spicy things, what do you recommend?

Most of our sauces are in a very tolerable range. There is a misconception that Hot Sauces are just novelty items made ONLY to burn your face off! While those do still exist, the majority of sauces are now made with flavor in mind as well. The Hot Sauce Industry is paralleling the Craft Beer market in style and variety and has no signs of slowing.

For those that want to stay in on the lighter side, we have many options. We carry mild Jalapeno and Habanero Jellies from Ogden’s very own O-Town Kitchen. They have just enough pepper to add a zesty follow through. We even have some of their non-pepper jellies in support! We also have spicy, not hot, Salsas, BBQ Sauces, dip mixes, chile lime and Sriracha popcorn, infused salts and spices from Salt Lake Spice Co / Tonguespank, and a variety of mild green Jalapeno and fruit & pepper based sauces.

Do you carry local brands?

We carry several Utah, some even from Ogden, created items! Starting with Ogden, we just mentioned O-Town Kitchen and their jellies! Recently in the Standard Examiner and also from Ogden, we carry the entire line of Z’s Hot Sauces and Marinades! Not mentioned until now, we also have Mama Africa’s Pili Pili (Also known as Peri Peri or Bird’s Eye pepper) sauces from Salt Lake City. She has her own authentic Congolese restaurant and has been featured in Utah Business Magazine! Last but not least, from Lehi, we have infused salts and spice blends from Salt Lake Spice Co – now in transition to the brand “Tonguespank!” There are more Utah brands we need reach out to, such as Yardbarkin’, Tagges Farms, and Terrapin Station in SLC! Do you know of any other spicy Utah brands we need to bring up North?

Could a restaurant or bar buy from you?

Like any customer, they are welcome to purchase from the booths! We don’t produce any sauces ourselves; we are a retail reseller, so we don’t have huge margins. We DO have a few sauce ideas of our own we are exploring! Many of our sauce creators do have food service sizes that we could order, such as gallons. We would be happy to talk over bulk or food service options! Also, we do plan to work more closely with Ogden’s own Z’s to try and spread their sauces to more local outlets and beyond. Z’s is ready to work with establishing restaurant accounts!

When is your next event?

The Burn Your Tongue tagline is “SSS… Simply Spicy Stuff!”  To keep the alliteration, we were only having Spicy Saturday Samplings!” In transition, to be open to other days, the event’s tagline is changing to “SSS… Sample Spicy Stuff!”

To get the new Logan location fired up, our next two events are planned for Saturday the 3rd and the Grand Opening Event at “Locals” on the 8th, 9th, and 10th! We plan to return to the Quilted Bear in Ogden for Father’s Day on Saturday the 17th. To follow our events, it is best to “Like” our Facebook page. We normally post our upcoming events at least a week in advance. We’ll even tell you what is going to be on the table. We put out a spread large every time. We typically average 35 to 40 spicy options per table. We try to put out something for everyone but, just in case, we do bring some milk!

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.