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Posted: May 01, 2009

Colorado Cool Stuff: Schultz’s Gourmet Hot Sauces

Football barbecues resulted in creation of Sedulous Foods

Eric Peterson

After a transfer to Colorado Springs, Michael Schultz settled in Monument in the mid-1990s. Schultz’s three sons all played football at Lewis-Palmer High School.

“Coach Tony Ramunno asked me if I’d organize a barbecue,” recalls Schultz, who took to the task with immediate fervor and continued helming the twice-annual feasts for 400 people for nine seasons. “I decided to start bringing gourmet wings with my homemade sauce. It became an addiction. Coaches and players were calling asking for gallons.”

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So Schultz forsook his high-tech career in 2005 and launched Sedulous Foods to bring his hot sauce to the masses. Four years later, he’s in 20 states with his original “health-helpful,” culinary-oriented hot sauce, a seasoning/rub, and a new Sweet Heat sauce made with Colorado high-altitude honey.

Schultz now co-packs his sauces in Denver and Kansas City but hopes to someday manufacture in Monument — but not back home where he started and drove his wife crazy. “The drapes smelled like hot peppers,” Schultz says with a laugh.

$8.99 retail for a 14-ounce bottle. Made by Sedulous Foods LLC, Monument, (719) 332-1228, www.schultzsgourmet.com. Available at Whole Foods, Tony’s Meats and other stores in Colorado.

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Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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