Red Clay Hot Sauce was born when an acclaimed Southern chef met a passionate, adventurous diner.

Red Clay Hot Sauce was born when an acclaimed Southern chef met a passionate, adventurous diner.

How it All Began

A Hot Commodity

While out for dinner a few years ago, Molly Fienning encountered one of Charleston’s culinary urban legends: a hot sauce that patrons were stealing right off the restaurant table. She was amused by the sauce’s lore and added a few dashes to her meal. The Fresno-based sauce was full of flavor, subtle heat and complemented every bite.

Suddenly, Molly had become a hot sauce person.

The Chef Behind it All

The newly converted hot sauce fanatic begged the chef to visit her table and they traded stories about food, flavor and family. Having never been a big fan of hot sauce, she was enamored by the literally life-changing sauce Chef Geoff Rhyne had created. Within the year, they partnered to bring Geoff’s sauce to tables across the country – no subversive dinner thievery required.

Recipe for Success

Prior to Red Clay, Molly had launched a number of fast-growing brands including Babiators – one of Forbes 100 Most Promising Companies. What she saw in this next venture was Geoff’s authentic reverence for tradition, hard work and fresh foods – all things that define Red Clay to this day.

A Hot Commodity

While out for dinner a few years ago, Molly Fienning encountered one of Charleston’s culinary urban legends: a hot sauce that patrons were stealing right off the restaurant table. She was amused by the sauce’s lore and added a few dashes to her meal. The Fresno-based sauce was full of flavor, subtle heat and complemented every bite.

Suddenly, Molly had become a hot sauce person.

The Chef Behind it All

The newly converted hot sauce fanatic begged the chef to visit her table and they traded stories about food, flavor and family. Having never been a big fan of hot sauce, she was enamored by the literally life-changing sauce Chef Geoff Rhyne had created. Within the year, they partnered to bring Geoff’s sauce to tables across the country – no subversive dinner thievery required.

Recipe for Success

Prior to Red Clay, Molly had launched a number of fast-growing brands including Babiators – one of Forbes 100 Most Promising Companies. What she saw in this next venture was Geoff’s authentic reverence for tradition, hard work and fresh foods – all things that define Red Clay to this day.

Our Promise

Flavor, not Flame

Every Red Clay Hot Sauce and Hot Honey is conceived to enhance your own food, not steal the spotlight. The line is completely cold pressed and raw, sustainably sourced, gluten-free and made in America – meaning what’s good is also good for you.

From Chef to Shelf

Today, Red Clay can be found on the shelves of leading grocers and celebrated restaurants across the country. Named by Food and Wine as the “Tabasco for the 21st century,” Red Clay has been featured on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living and more.

“Two things I’m really into since we’re doing a lot of cooking: It is a company from South Carolina called Red Clay. Don’t you like a little spice? This is their Verde hot sauce—It kinda reminds me of Texas. And this is their Hot Honey—I’ve already done (hot honey) as a favorite thing, but Red Clay is my favorite kind. Hoda, you put this on your chicken, your pizza, just some ricotta cheese… It spices things up. It’s delicious.”

- Jenna Bush Hager, Today Show

"My fridge already holds the United Nations of hot sauces, so why add one more? Red Clay Original Hot Sauce demands it: Aged in bourbon barrels, it’s Tabasco for the 21st century. Blasphemy? Maybe. I use it in stews, braises, and soups to add lip-smacking, umami zing, and I like it so much that I gave bottles to the F&W staff as Christmas gifts.”

- Hunter Lewis, Editor in Chief

"Just a trace of their new honey will elevate chicken."

- Florence Fabricant, Writer