An Interview with Bill McCoy of Irish Hot Sauce
For how long have you been making hot sauce?
It’s been made by my family for generations. Bill McCoy and Dave McNeely started the business in August of 2007. They built and launched the website in March of 2008 and debuted their sauce on St Patrick’s day weekend 2008 at Chief O’Neill’s Pub in Chicago, Illinois.
What are your most popular products?
We currently have three sauce products based on the same great unique taste. We also sell bar coasters with our logo, t-shirts, polos and offer to send a soldier a care package option on our website. There’s also thongs with “Eat THIS” or other slogans on the front. We usually sell the thongs at festivals only. Anyone interested can email us if they want one. info@putTHISonit.com
McCoy’s THIS – Thick Hot Irish Sauce
- Extra Thick & Hearty HOT – Our most popular and the very original version.
- Pub & Grub HOT – same great taste but made with dry ingredients instead of whole ingredients. Still all natural but manufactured to last longer on the pub tables.
- Pub & Grub MILD – same great taste but milder and made with dry ingredients instead of whole ingredients. Still all natural but manufactured to last longer on the pub tables.
How did you get started making hot sauce?
Two friends decided to do something mutually fun and fantastic. Dave McNeely and Bill had already worked on multiple professional projects together and wanted to do something different than the IT Industry with a shared passion which was “Hot sauce and Irish Pubs!”
Bill’s father had recently passed and Bill was looking for a way to honor his father and had a really great family recipe that Bill Sr. had handed down to Bill. Dave and Bill had already privately enjoyed it for years and in the mean time, it was also being perfected and evolved into something friends and family were demanding on a frequent basis.
Together, Dave funded the initial investment to get the new company “Mix Foods, LLC” launched. The word “Mix” in the company name is actually a possessive reference to the Irish preface of their sir names that both begin with “Mc”. “Mc’s” if spoken, sounds like “Mix” and therefore Mix Foods LLC was born as the ultimate answer to the new condiment company name. Since then, the company has enjoyed a steadily growing fan base in spite of geographical diversity and economic recession. We believe our success is entirely due to the unique taste and texture that McCoy’s THIS gives our customers. Simple as that.
When did you go commercial?
How many bottles of hot sauce do you produce a year?
Our company doesn’t release exact numbers but it’s in the thousands.
Do you have a preferred chili pepper as an ingredient?
Habanero and Cayenne .
Aside from chili peppers, what do you feel is the key ingredient(s) in making the perfect hot sauce?
Is there a special process you follow in making your hot sauces?
There is one special process we follow that is heavily guarded. Aside from that we are fanatical about consistency.
Do you follow a particular philosophy to making hot sauces?
Quality, Quality, Consistency, Consistency.
Do you have any other favorite spicy foods?
Love all spicy Indian dishes and LOVE Wisconsin Habanero Cheese.
Do you have any advice for would-be hot sauce makers making sauces at home?
Write down every specific exact measurement. Document everything you do because if it’s perfect you want to be able to reproduce it. Experiment. What can you create that hasn’t been created? Anyone can make a hot sauce with 4 ingredients. Be original.
Do you have any basic/favorite hot sauce recipes to share?
No but we have recipes that you can use with our hot sauce on the website. http://www.IrishHotSauce.com
Imagine this sad reality: If you could have only one chili pepper the rest of your life, which would you choose?
If your life could be turned into a movie, who would you like to have play YOU on the big screen? What might the movie TITLE be?
Robert Downy Jr. “The First Rocket Fueled by Hot Sauce: A Hot-amentary”
Visit Irish Hot Sauce at:
Email: Bill McCoy Bill@putTHISonit.com
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