Elk County Man turns hobby into successful hot sauce business

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The inside of Stellos Foods in Punxsutawney, they’re bottling up Dan Hibbard’s hot habanero hot sauce. 

The sauces started as an idea when Hibbard worked for Stellos. It became reality three years ago, and since then the line of  Brew-B-Q sauces expanded quickly. “It wasn’t that I thought I was going to be the sauce man. It just kind of transpired through Stello Foods,” says Hibbard.

About 100 gallons is made and bottled in Punxsutawney, which is a much larger batch than what Hibbard started making in his kitchen. He said it wouldn’t be possible without the people in his life. “I’m just humbled by the support I have,” adds the Brew B-Q Creator.

Hibbard Partnered with Straub Brewery of St Marys to add a twist on his sauces. He says it’s the first time the family-owned company put their name on a product that wasn’t their own. “It’s one of the biggest things I hold true to my heart that somebody-a big locally family owned business- believes in me and what I’m doing enough to put their name on there,” says Hibbard. 

Since then creator has expanded his line to 6 different sauces that range from mild to super hot. It consists of an Apple BBQ sauce, a hot mustard sauce, and even a medium salsa. The six are sold at mom and pop shops throughout the area and recently made room on the shelves at Walmart.

According to Hibbard, the chance to be in a big box store has allowed the Brew B-Q name to reach a much bigger audience. His sauces even made it all the way to Alaska, which is about 4,000 miles from Punxsutawney. 

The business owner holds a full-time job on top of managing his sauce line.”I do deliveries before I go to work. I may catch a 20-minute nap before I punch into my real job. I’m hustling on the weekends.” 

However, HE says he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon, “baby steps. I’m in no hurry to get to the finish line I just want to do everything right.” 

To purchase the Brew B-Q sauces, visit Hibbard’s distributing website

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