FEATURE: This Fire Hot Sauce is from the Borough that Sparked the Hip Hop Movement

The Bronx. Home of Arthur Ave and all its glorious eateries, Yankee Stadium, and the undisputed origins of hip hop culture. We can thank creative mavericks like Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash for setting off the movement. A place so rich and vibrant with food and music culture, The Gravy is thrilled to be connected with the makers of The Bronx Hot Sauce.

Recently, The Bronx Hot Sauce sent us a bottle of their magic and we want to help spread their story. Launching in the fall of 2014, The Bronx Hot Sauce is supported by a soulful collaboration between Small Axe Pepper and GrowNYC. They also get by with a little (nah, A LOT) of help from their friends at The New York Botanical Garden and over 30 local community gardens. Each bottle they sell, reinvests into the people who grow the ingredients. This has transformed spaces in the Bronx, and has kept them more green, purposeful and productive. So not only is the sauce green, but with every purchase the Bronx neighborhoods maintain more green space, and the green ($) they make from happy customers support a sustainable, evergreen business model. We can dig it.

The Bronx Hot Sauce is made with serrano peppers. Serrano peppers are native to the mountains of south-central Mexico and now, are locally grown in many areas of the Bronx. Hotter than poblanos but milder than habaneros, these serranos are complemented with classic, savory flavors of garlic and onion and make for a nice relish-like sauce. It's the perfect way to add some heat to handhelds and sandwiches, grilled meats and white fishes. You can cop your first bottle online here or stop by a number of the city’s Whole Foods Markets, Chelsea Market, or Foragers Market out in Brooklyn. For a complete list of stockists and more information, visit their website here.