Hot Sauce legend Blair Lazar’s hot sauce and snack company was founded in 1989, by the then 19 year old, and funded with a mere $550 in tips earned from his duties tending bar on the Jersey Shore. Since then, Lazar has turned Blair’s Sauces & Snacks into a global phenomenon of all things fiery hot. Lazar’s recent appearances on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, and the always well-attended chili head gathering, The Fiery Food Show in New Mexico, have propelled him to rock star status amongst legions of spicy food aficionados around the world, and made him the go-to guy for extremely hot delights in the specialty food business. And business is good.
Despite the recent economic turndown, Blair’s Sauces & Snacks has flourished, leading the pace with its signature product, Death Sauce, in the ultra competitive hot sauce market. According to the Washington Post (based on IBIS World report), hot sauce is one of the 10 fastest growth industries overall in the United States in 2012 and beyond. Says Lazar, “Over the last 23 years, it’s been my passion to change the way people taste heat. For the hot sauce industry to perform so well in the face of adversity, speaks volumes to the loyal following and word of mouth chiliheads have towards Blair’s Death Sauce and other brands in this unique time.”