Grinders Signature Hot Sauces
Turning Up the Heat with Military Grade Hot Sauces
Grinders Signature Hot Sauces launched in 2010, making their product available to customers so that people could enjoy a little taste of Grinders at home. Grinders has always made their own hot sauce in-house for their chicken wings and specialty items, so when the public asked, they delivered! Grinders Signature Hot Sauces are unique and different because it starts with their label graphics, created by local artists who are friends and fans of Grinders. STRETCH, founder and owner of Grinders, believes that food, art and music cross all cultural boundaries and he wanted to keep that ideal in the products Grinders creates. Grinders is located in the heart of Kansas City Missouri’s Crossroads Arts District. So while Grinders likes to do things to the extreme, their line of sauces is not just about the heat, but flavor first and foremost. Grinders already has a celebrity following, from chefs Guy Fieri and Aaron Sanchez to competitive eating champions, Joey Chesnut and Crazy Legs Conti. The chefs from Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives: Richard “Gorilla” Bacchi, Panini Pete and award winning barbeque teams, MotleyQ and BellyUp BBQ are all fans of Grinders. STRETCH is obviously an expert when it comes to hot sauces…especially if the United States Navy is purchasing Grinders Signature Hot Sauces for use at select bases worldwide.
STRETCH’s culinary background started when he was in high school and college, where he worked in kitchens to survive and pay bills. He has since appeared on Food Network’s hit shows like Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and Guys Big Bite. STRETCH has also toured with the Guy Fieri roadshow twice, entertaining with cooking demonstrations and showcasing his 25-gallon monster margarita machine. He was the headline chef at the 2011 Easton, Pennsylvania GarlicFest showcasing Grinders Signature Sauces combined with garlic inspired recipes. STRETCH is not only the founder of Grinders, but also an artist, entrepreneur and visionary believing in the power of art, food and music to fuse all cultures. He has a big heart and a patriotic spirit as he currently travels with Messlords to military bases around the world cooking, educating and entertaining the military and their families. A fabulous sauce that will knock your socks off while also going to a good cause is the Banana Rat Wing Sauce, packed with a fiery blend of cayenne, habanero and ancho chili peppers blended with mango puree and other spices. This is a military favorite as STRETCH created this sauce after a cooking trip to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base with Amercia's Chefs. Named after the infamous rodents that are everywhere in Guantanamo, STRETCH donates a portion of the proceeds from every sale of the Banana Rat Wing Sauce to military charities. Deploy this sauce on chicken wings, BBQ, marinades or as dipping sauce and make it a part of your culinary arsenal.
At its restaurant, Grinders is known for their authentic Philly Cheese Steaks as they have over 40,000 Amoroso rolls shipped from Philadelphia each year. Another favorite are their New York Style pizzas, available with toppings of hearts of palm, real crabmeat, white sauce, meatballs and more. Grinders is known for their world famous Death Wings, seasoned, baked, then fried and tossed in their signature hot sauces. They also opened Grinders West, which is literally next door to the original Grinders for a yin and yang experience. While both restaurants share the same menu, they offer two very diverse atmospheres of food, art and music. Everything is made to order to guarantee quality and freshness. Grinders also offers seasonal menu specials like Crab and Shrimp Boils in the fall and pot pies, Sheppard’s pies or Chicken Fried Steak in winter. During the spring and summer, they offer lighter fare. Along with good food comes good beer, as Grinders offers the most eclectic selection of beers in Kansas City that change each season. STRETCH is also always experimenting with new recipes and items to add to the menu to keep it exciting.
Get all four of Grinders Signature Hot Sauces in glass flask-style bottles; Wimpy, Molten, Near Death and Death. Wimps everywhere can experience a taste of Grinders at home with their Grinders Wimpy Sauce. A custom recipe made with cayenne peppers, garlic, mustard seed, ancho chili pepper blended with other spices, this sauce is tangy and slightly sweet with just a hint of heat. More sweet than heat, this sauce has the power of mango and garlic offering great flavor for those fearing heat. $8 per bottle. Grinders hot sauces are manufactured just down the road at Original Juans. As for the brand Grinders, it is not only the name of a sandwich on the Northeast Coast where STRETCH is from, but also alludes to his trade of sculptures. Their favorite Grinders hot sauce is Grinders Molten Sauce, because it is so versatile, which they mix with mayonnaise and sour cream for a spicy dressing on their fish tacos. This sauce has plenty of kick to raise taste bud awareness because it throws in some habanero peppers to the same mango and cayenne base to turn up the heat. Molten offers plenty of heat, while keeping the citrus and sweet base from the mango. Definitely a winner on chicken wings and meats or as a marinade or dipping sauce. $8 per bottle
For hotheads looking for hot, hot heat, the Grinders Near Death Sauce may satisfy. This sauce nicely takes one to the limit of their comfort zone as it is made with aged cayenne pepper, cayenne and habanero mash. Without the citrus and sweet mango puree of the first two sauces, this sauce delivers a steady, rising heat that is near death. The combination of habanero with aged cayenne will undoubtedly clear out your sinuses and leave scorch marks. $8 per bottle. As if nearing death were not enough, ultimate chili lovers will die for the Grinders Death Sauce, boasting 337,000 Scoville units. The flavors are intense, but the inferno-like heat is so incredibly hot it will burn off a few taste buds. With a pineapple juice base, this sauce has habanero mash, garlic, espresso coffee grounds and the infamous ghost chili pepper powder. The dark color of this sauce comes from squid ink. Undoubtedly, the hottest sauce we have tried to date that left us tearing and gasping for water. A tiny amount goes a long, long way. Be forewarned and use with caution as this is not intended for children under 18 or cry-babies of any age. The best tasting sauce you almost wish you’d never had…this will either be your best friend or your worst enemy! $10 per bottle
In the next few years, the hope is that Grinders will be popping up in multiple locations around the country with their signature sauces on tables in restaurants instead of Tabasco. At the moment, Grinders Signature Hot Sauces can be found at Dean & Deluca, Prydes Olde Westport, The Kansas City Store, KC BBQ Store, Hen House, Gomers, Cellar Rat, Jungle Jims, Oklahoma Joes, Smoke-N-Fire, and The Better Cheddar. To order online, visit opensky.com and or the mother ship itself, grinderspizza.com