19 Feb GUNS N’ ROSES GUITARIST RON ‘BUMBLEFOOT’ THAL LAUNCHES NEW LINE OF NATURAL/GLUTEN FREE GOURMET HOT SAUCES
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal
Launches new line of natural/gluten free gourmet hot sauces and wins 3 of the coveted Golden Chile Awards at the 2013 Fiery Food Challenge.
The Fiery Food Challenge, which kicked off ZestFest 2013, is the longest running, most prestigious competition of zesty products in the industry.
Working with the masters at CaJohns Fiery Foods, Ron developed a line of Bumblefoot hot sauces that are all natural, no preservatives, gluten free, peanut allergy safe, with flavors ranging from mild cherry bourbon “Bumblicious!” to high-energy heart-pounding “BumbleF” “KED” with ginger, tropical fruit, ginseng and caffeine. Proceeds from the “BumbleBabe” hot sauce will be donated to women’s health organizations.
“It was 1981, family get-together in Brooklyn. I was 12 years old, and my older cousin Steve dared me $5 to eat a hot cherry pepper. I ate it. That was my earliest memory of ‘the rush’ you get from spicy food. And it grew from there. Extra wasabi with sushi… extra peppers in Thai food… extra hot sauce on Mexican food. Always ordering things “as spicy as you can make it” and testing my limits. Friends would get me hot sauces as gifts; I’d be eating spicy chili and adding 12-Million-Scoville extract to it. People would ask, ‘Do you even taste the flavor of the food anymore?’ Yes – when you’ve developed a high tolerance, you can enjoy the food more, as the heat isn’t a distraction, it’s a complimentary sensation to the colors and aroma and taste. I love the rush.”
“With music, I’ve always felt such excitement in discovering new bands, new sounds. It inspired me to learn and make music, to develop it, and eventually share it, give others the enjoyment I experienced from it all. It’s the same for anything that inspires – art, music, entertainment, knowledge, food, everything. When you’re passionate about something in life, it follows a process – you love it, then you make it, then you share it. It was like this with music, it’s the same with hot sauce. Love it, make it, share it…”
For years I’ve had ideas, recipes, flavors that I wanted to share. It was my good friend Brimstone at Hound Entertainment that put the pieces together and introduced me to the masters at CaJohns Fiery Foods. I flew out between GNR shows in Vegas to CaJohns’ headquarters in Ohio where me, Brimstone, Cajohn Hard (CEO) and Chef Steve Lawrence played mad scientist in the kitchen and brought these flavors to life.
And now, after years of saying ‘someday’ I finally got to hold bottles of Bumblefoot hot sauces in my hands, and share them with all of you. I hope you enjoy these creations! These hot sauces are available to everyone everywhere in the world through CaJohns.com. I hope to see a growing number of stores, distributors, pubs & restaurants, and food trucks carrying them. If you know one, or are one, please reach out to CaJohns! I’ll be attending food festivals with Cajohns and giving my personal support whenever I can, and will keep an updated schedule of events at bumblefoot.com – hope to see you there!
“Final thought – cousin Steve never gave me the $5. I still joked about it with him when he’d see me loading hot peppers onto my turkey sandwich at get-togethers. He passed away unexpectedly, before these hot sauces had come to life. To the man who tricked me into eating my first hot pepper and started me on this journey, these hot sauces are dedicated to you.” – Thank you!
Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal
Heat level: Mild
1st Place Winner at ZestFest Awards 2013, Condiments: Specialty category
Sweet & savory cherries, Bourbon & chipotle with a subtle kick – your wings, ribs, chips (and guests) will thank you.
Heat level: HOT!!!
Tropical fruit & ginger, followed by a 6-million-Scoville sledgehammer of caffeine & ginseng. Hi-energy heart-pounder for “pain junkies” like me…
Heat level: Mild
1st Place Winner at ZestFest Awards 2013, Hot Sauce: Jalapeno category
Tomatoes & Mediterranean herbs, a hot sauce that feels like a delicious salsa purée.
Heat level: HOT!!!
1st Place Winner at ZestFest Awards 2013, Hot Sauce: X Hot category
Thermo-nuclear heat with a Caribbean kick – tamarind & Island spices, Bhut Jolokia peppers, long-lasting taste & brutality. *Not for beginners.
Heat level: Medium
A twist of curry, cumin & citrus, inspired by my favorite tours of the Far East.
Heat level: Mild
A percentage of proceeds from the sales of BumbleBabe will be donated to help fight breast cancer
Hot sauce with women’s pleasure in mind – chocolate & cherry, indulgent & edgy, sweet & fiery, like the rocker ladies that inspired it.
Ike’s Place & Bumblefoot have just teamed up to create a rotating line of ‘rockstar’ sandwiches using the Bumblefoot hot sauces… more info coming soon! 😀
“Three” – 1ST PLACE AWARDS of “The Golden Chili Award” @ ZESTFEST in Dallas, Texas on Jan 26, 2013 for The Fiery Food Challenge .
“Bumblefoot” Hot Sauces, created by “Bumblefoot” himself.
About: Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal
Solo artist, producer & lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses Bumblefoot has 20 years of releasing music, international festivals & headlining solo tours, and covers of guitar magazines. The latest Bumblefoot releases were an innovative song-a-month series that included transcriptions and backing tracks for guitarists and recording stems for remixers, including a cover of “The Pink Panther Theme” featuring members of Guns N’ Roses. Lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses since 2006, Bumblefoot has toured sold-out shows in over 40 countries, headlining festivals with crowds of 150,000. Bumblefoot’s unique ‘fretless guitar’ can be heard throughout GNR’s Chinese Democracy album. Bumblefoot has collaborated as a songwriter/producer with many artists, his music often heard in TV, film and videogames including theme songs to SpikeTV’s “MXC” and VH1’s “That Metal Show”, So You Think You Can Dance, Oprah Winfrey, ESPN, UFC, WWE, NFL, dozens of MTV/VH1 shows and more. Bumblefoot has appeared on stage with Joe Satriani, Nancy Sinatra, Cyndi Lauper, members of Badfinger, Paul McCartney & Wings, and on recordings with Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess, Anvil’s Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, Jessica Simpson, rapper Scarface, Don Jamieson and many more. Studying music since age 7, he began teaching at age 13 and for the last 10 years has taught music production at SUNY Purchase College. He teaches master-classes at schools and venues around the world, and has been a guest music coach on MTV’s “Made”. Bumblefoot is continuously donating songs and performances to fundraising CDs, often making appearances and donating autographed items for charities. He has performed at events for the Red Cross, Navy Seals, juvenile diabetes, men’s & women’s health issues, burn victims, Music Rising “Icons of Music” for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Oxfam’s Tsunami Relief & Global Emergency Fund, Earthquake Relief Fund, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Rock Asylum for children’s education, a board member of the MS Research Foundation, a member of “Musicians On Call” and visits patients at children’s hospitals all over the world with guitar in hand.