RADS is named after its’ founder, Ryan Anthony Davis. RADS Barrel Aged Pepper Sauce started as an experiment in fermentation in his home kitchen. Ryan knew barrel aging produced delicious results in beer, wine and whiskey, so he thought why not hot sauce? The first versions of RADS were produced from Bellingham Farmers’ Market peppers and garlic and aged in small five liter American Oak barrels. Like so many handcrafted food products, Ryan’s friends and family served as recipe testers and tasters (thanks guys!) The result of Ryan’s vision was delicious, and RADS was born!
RADS is aged in American White Oak barrels for five months. American Oak adds a unique earthy richness to RADS, which sets it apart from other hot sauces.While developing RADS, Ryan tested a batch without barrel aging to be sure the barrel-aged flavor was what he sought. There was no comparison!It was Barrel aging that brought out the depth of flavor in RADS.
Ryan grew up in Saint Louis, a great food city known for authentic American cooking. Ryan’s Mom taught him from an early age that good food comes from quality ingredients. Ryan calls Bellingham Washington home these days, and is inspired by the local food (and beer!) culture. When Ryan isn’t busy building RADS, you can find him at the Bellingham Farmers’ Market rounding up ingredients to make into homecooked meals for his partner Eliza and dog Bubs.