From sriracha to Tabasco, people love putting hot sauce on everything. With the explosion of hot sauce options at your local grocery store, it can be hard to choose. Some sauces are mild, while some have you running for the milk, and others just lack true flavor. Today, we sat down with Kamaal Jarrett, the man behind Hillside Hot Sauce (Hillside Harvest), the hot sauce company with something for every occasion.
Kamaal Jarrett is a true entrepreneur, and a shining example of how hard work and betting on yourself pays off. Growing up, while other kids might have been watching cartoons, Kamaal was watching cooking shows. With a career in product management at a coffee company, he knew that he could get in the kitchen (where he loves to be) and build a successful brand.
Early on, Kamaal was working his 9-5 while also launching Hillside. He wore every hat, from production in the kitchen, to sales, to delivery driver. At this point, he knew that if Hillside was going to take the next step, he had to take a big leap of faith and leave his steady income. Just a few months after launching into his first stores, he took that leap and dove head first into Hillside.
Hillside has three flagship recipes, each with their own distinct flavor profile. Kamaal gave us a breakdown of the sauces:
Hillside Harvest is just getting started, as this spring, they are launching their line of marinades. The long term goal for Kamaal is to grow the brand beyond just hot sauces and marinades, and to be seen as a beacon for high quality, delicious products.