1) There Will Be Hot Sauce
One of the highlights of a research trip Sbraga and cohorts took through the South was a stop at the Tabasco factory (where he was given the memento spoon necklace shown above). All the Tabasco in the world is produced at the Avery Island facility, and on the tour, Sbraga tasted both freshly-mashed peppers and the finished sauce, which ferments for three years before it's bottled.
He’s adopting that technique for The Fat Ham’s signature sauce - the version we tasted at the preview party wasn’t quite ready, Sbraga said, because it still needed more time to age. (It was good nevertheless, brightly hot with a round, full flavor.)