Hot Winter Sauce

If ever you needed a reason to be a bit saucy, National Sauce Month in March was made for you. In Oregon, we’re lucky to have a wide variety of sauce-makers, including many Woman-owned and BIPOC sauce-makers. Whether you’re looking to add some heat to your avocado toast, take your lunch to the next level, dig into a saucy dinner, or douse dessert in something divine, there’s an Oregon-made sauce to satisfy your craving.

Oregon-Made Hot Sauces

Marshall’s Haute Sauces – SE Portland
When Sarah and Dirk Marshall ran out of space making hot sauces at home, their small culinary adventure quickly became a business venture. Now produced in small batches in a certified commercial kitchen, Marshall’s Haute Sauces are crafted with locally sourced vegetables, as well as vinegar and a unique blend of spices. Each bottle is hand-stamped to ensure freshness.

Hab Sauces – Portland
A diverse family lineage and a childhood filled with the flavors of Indonesia and Latin America fueled David van Overeem’s desire to create sensational sauces. BIPOC-owned HAB Sauces are made in Portland with locally sourced fruits and an array of hot peppers, striking the perfect balance of sweet and heat. Try Smoked Cherrywood Habanero, Thai Peach, Pineapple Habanero, Lucha Libre and more.

Hoss Soss – Salem
Handcrafting “Heat you can handle” is the mission of Hoss Soss owners Matt Kuerbis and Catharine Sutherland. Matt worked as a chef at a resort in Costa Rica and was known for making hot sauce for guests. When he returned to Oregon, he decided to pursue his passion and launch a business. Focused on creating sauces that don’t overpower foods, Matt and Catharine make sauces with mild heat and fantastic flavor.

Joey’s Hot Sauce – Ashland
Sparked by a simple wish, Joey’s Hot Sauce is both a sweet and spicy story, says Joey Repice. When his wife, Lisa, one day lamented that most hot sauce labels were laden with fillers, binders and sugar, Joey leapt at the chance to create something different. Choosing the very best organic peppers and spices, he whipped up his first batch and Lisa fell head over heels in love. Before long, Joey was making hot sauces for the masses. Handcrafted in Ashland, Oregon, each small-batch variety comes with a different level of heat.

Tortuga Gordo – Portland
All it took was an idea and 10 pounds of green – not red – jalapeños for Taelyn Lang to develop his Tortuga Gordo Green Cobra Fermented Hot Sauce, a uniquely flavored sauce that’s perfect for eggs, pizza, stir-fries and Bloody Marys.

Oregon-Made Salsas

Salsa Me – Medford
Woman- and family-owned, Salsa Me of Medford crafts fresh homemade salsa using a 1900s recipe originating from Sinaloa, Mexico, that’s been passed down five generations. Choose from Mild, Hot and Super Hot.

Heavenly Fire Salsa – Southern Oregon
Artisan-crafted by a BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Woman-owned company, Heavenly Fire Salsas combines the heat of jalapeños and other fiery peppers, along with tomatoes, lime, cilantro, onion, bell peppers and spices to create salsas that are mild to wild.

Salsa Garcia – Eugene
Salsa Garcia owner Patricia Garcia-Rogers grew up in the small desert town of Calexico, California, just across the border from the city of Mexicali. She was raised on Baja-style cuisine where bold salsas are a large part of every dish. Enjoy her Original Salsa or Salsa Verde with tortilla chips or whatever you wish.

Hot Winter Hot Sauce – Cottage Grove
For fans of hot sauce, it doesn’t get much more local than Shaun Winter’s Hot Winter Hot Sauces, made in Cottage Grove. Shaun grows about 60% of his peppers on his own small plot and the rest come from other Willamette Valley growers. One of the peppers he grows is the Hot Winter pepper – his own unique variety, which is an off-type Jimmy Nardello pepper that he developed a few years ago. Shaun’s sauces are on the scale of mild to very hot and everything in between.

Khalsa Indian Fusion Gourmet Salsas – Beaverton
BIPOC, Woman- and family-owned Khalsa Indian Fusion Gourmet Salsas combine bold, lip-smacking Indian spices with the classic fresh ingredients of Mexican salsa.

Original Classic has medium heat and pairs well with chips, quesadillas, scrambled tofu, even sweet potatoes. Mild Black Bean marries red jalapeño with earthy black beans. Their Mango Habanero variety won a Good Food Award in 2021 and has the most heat, plus sweet, and is perfect for grilled foods or plant-based proteins.

De Casa Organic Salsas – Eugene
Created in small batches using organic ingredients, De Casa Organic Salsas will turn your favorite Mexican dishes into meals to be remembered. Family-owned for 30 years, De Casa Fine Foods has always put quality before quantity, choosing only the very best ingredients – fresh and flavorful tomatoes, yellow and green onions, bell peppers, lemon juice, garlic and a mixture of spices.

Oregon-Made Barbecue Sauces

American Soul Brothers – Vancouver
Memories of neighborhood and family get-togethers inspired Omar White and Kevin Shirley to launch their company, American Soul Brothers, in Vancouver, Washington, in 2015. Omar and Kevin put an emphasis on using healthy ingredients with low-sodium, fat-free and gluten-free options. They partner with Forward Edge to provide children in Haiti tools and opportunities to overcome poverty.

Felton & Mary’s – Portland
Felton and Mary Campbell were adventurous free spirits, urban farmers and generous hosts who were known for turning strangers into friends and friends into family. Crafted by Felton and Mary’s family, these Portland-made sauces are all about good food and community. Try Smokey Brown Sugar, Medium or Hot.

Oregon-Made Saucy Condiments

Red Duck Foods – Portland
Pals, pioneers and flavor fiends, Red Duck founders Jessica Hilbert, Shannon Oliver and Karen Bonner wanted to add excitement where there was none – the condiment aisle. Made in Portland with farm-fresh ingredients, Red Duck crafts unique, flavor-forward ketchups, as well as barbecue, taco and cocktail sauces that are organic, gluten-free and vegan.

Portlandia Foods Portland Organic Ketchup
Portlandia Foods Organic Ketchup is deliberately low in sugar, naturally gluten-free and vegan. Made with seven simple ingredients, it’s packed with real tomato flavor and each bottle features a unique image from Portland and surrounding areas on the label. They also make a delightfully smooth and creamy yellow mustard, with an added hint of crushed black pepper.

Suzie’s Organics – Pendleton
Founded by Suzie and Jan Barhyte, Barhyte Specialty Foods and its line of Suzie’s Organics rose from humble beginnings and is still family-owned and operated. Today, with the help of their sons Chris and Mike, the Barhyte family creates a variety of condiments made using sustainable wind power. Their product lineup includes ketchup, mustards, mayo, hot and taco sauces, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, soy sauce and Worcestershire.

Vintner’s Kitchen – Talent
Based in Talent, Oregon, in the heart of the Rogue Valley, family-owned and operated Vintner’s Kitchen creates sweet and savory delights to please the palate, combining wine and spirits to make unique mustards and sauces, as well as jams, jellies, salts and rubs.

Oregon-Made Cooking Sauces

La Porteña Chimichurri Sauces – Portland
Bring abundant taste and tradition to the table with La Porteña Chimichurri. Made by a BIPOC and Woman-owned company in Portland, using locally sourced ingredients, this small-batch chimichurri is crafted from a family recipe with Argentinian roots.

Eleni’s Kitchen Ethiopian Spices & Sauces – Hillsboro
Eleni’s Kitchen makes authentic Ethiopian spice blends and sauces for adventurous vegan and vegetarian cooks. Owner Eleni Woldeyes chooses only the very best, all-natural ingredients for her Ethiopian products.

Danielle’s Sauces – Tigard
Founded in 1991, Danielle’s Sauces is a family-owned, gourmet sauce company, founded on the belief that sauces should enhance and not dominate the taste of foods. Their award-winning sauces made them a top finalist in a Martha Stewart national competition for women in business.

Tân Tân Vietnamese Sauces – Beaverton
A new beginning was what Mai Nguyen and her family were in search of when they escaped their homeland in 1976 after Saigon fell to North Vietnam and eventually emigrated to Oregon. Together, she and her daughter, Lisa Tran, have successfully owned and operated two cafés in the Portland area for almost 20 years. They also bottle their popular vegan sauces for you to enjoy at home. Try their Peanut Sauce, Hoisin Sauce and ever-popular Mom’s Hot Chili Sauce.

Thrive Sauces – Portland
Wanderlust took Erika Reagor across the globe for ten years before she finally settled in Portland. After operating a food truck for several years, she opened a restaurant on Fremont Street, serving international rice bowls that get a punch of flavor from her handcrafted hot sauces. Thrive Hot Sauces are vegan, gluten-free and great for fish tacos, burgers, stir-fries and more.

Wet Wizard Sauces – Portland
Wet Wizard Sauce Company was founded in 2014 by Gabe Gendreau. As the original Wizard he created the sauces that you know and love today. Molly Hart and Mason Walker joined the Wet Wizard team in 2017 when Gabe decided to move to the east coast and M&M couldn’t imagine life in Portland without Wet Wizard.

Lucy Foods Seoul Korean Sauces – Tualatin
BIPOC and Woman-owned Lucky Foods was built on a foundation of family interested in sharing their culture through food and the pursuit of the American dream. After immigrating to the United States in the 1970s, speaking little English, their family matriarch opened a single restaurant that grew into a food and condiment business that now includes unique spring rolls and kimchi, as well as Korean fusion and barbecue sauces.

Sibeiho Sambals – Portland
Sibeiho is a Singaporean food startup based in Portland, co-founded by Holly Ong and Pat Lau. Sibeiho Sambals will conjure the tastes, sights and textures of Singapore, with Chinese, Malay, Indian and Nonya influences. Their trio of small-batch chili sauces add bold umami flavor to everyday meals either as a condiment or as an ingredient.

Oregon-Made Sweet Sauces

Bloom Caramel – Portland
Handcrafted in Portland, Bloom Caramel Sauces are made with organic cane sugar, Oregon sea salt, vanilla and coconut milk. The result is a caramel that is wonderfully flavorful, vegan-friendly and free of allergens.

Menegon Caramel – Portland
Upon moving to Portland from France, Sylvie Menegon launched Menegon Company Caramel Sauces. Market of Choice was the first grocery store to carry her delectable French caramels, inspired by her grandmother’s French recipe. They come in three unique flavors: original Caramel, chocolate Chocamel, or coffee-flavored Caramoka. Drizzle them over ice cream or fruit, spread onto pancakes or crepes, or mix into yogurt, milk or coffee.

Published On: February 24th, 2022

Explore More Topics

Related Posts