In Chicago back in the early 90's I was a bachelor cooking for myself and always experimenting. One summer, after a particularly good crop of home grown tomatoes was available I started making salsas with the sole goal of making my roommates and family sweat. It turned out they tasted pretty good to boot so I thought to myself, what else can I do?
It wasn't long before I realized I had a lot more fun playing around with hot sauce recipes. Years of playing with my food and mixing up all the flavors on my plate as a kid finally paid off. Most were pretty basic when I first started out but I learned pretty quickly how fun it was watching friends try it and seeing the look on their faces. Unfortunately I didn't have a video camera to record all of the reactions.
Around this time my brother brought home a bottle of sauce that was supposed to be crazy hot, and it was but the taste wasn't anything that made me ever want to try it again. I told myself I would never make a sauce like that. If I'm going to make sauce it'll be something that I love eating.
After a while some co-workers and I started having sauce competitions. It was a great way for me to iron out my recipes and get good feedback. I experimented to keep things interesting and learned a lot of what not to do when it comes to hot sauce.
Eventually I came up with my first official hot sauce which is today Bigfat's 1o8 garlic basil hot sauce. Taking the name from an email address that I used during lunchtime gaming with my coworkers I created some simple labels to give it an identity and Bigfat's was born. Being one of eight children I chose 1o8 for the name to link my family to what I was working towards. I used it at parties and family events and especially a yearly fish fry always with requests for more.
Eventually my wife and I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. It was here that I really started having fun experimenting with hot sauce. I guess the beautiful tropical weather gave me the creative boost I needed and soon I had put together a bunch of sauces that I was very excited about. After testing them out on co-workers once again I took eight of them and started my full line of Bigfat's hot sauce. I officially turned my passion into a real business and began selling at a local street fair. People loved it and the word started getting out.
In 2010 we moved Bigfat's back to the mainland where it all began. We've been growing ever since and now offer 12 sauces (mild, medium & hot) plus a seasonal topping We're excited about getting our products out there for everyone to try and we know you'll be pleased when you do.
Our goal is to offer the best tasting sauce around and one that's a little bit different than the usual. Using the freshest ingredients we can find is important and with one taste you'll know why. Everybody has a favorite hot sauce, Bigfat's is waiting to be yours.