This is the story of how two brothers started the Darby Brothers Hot Sauce Company and how their Cajun roots, a little help from their family, and a surprising salt-alternative played big parts in the process.
We met up with Godfrey and George Darby one day at a local grocery store where they were doing an in-store sampling of their sauces. “We were born Cajun by descent. Me and my father and sister were born in Louisiana; George was born in Texas… so we started at a very early age liking hot sauce. At the time, most hot sauces were very watery. As we got older we traveled the world to different places that were known for their hot sauces and we noticed that they made a little bolder and heartier hot sauce and we liked that more,” says Godfrey.
And so the idea for Darby Brothers Hot Sauce was born. “Our Father was real big on hot sauces and other Cajun foods. And my Mom, I’d always ask her ‘what kind of hot sauce do you want?’ and she’d always say, ‘I want y’all’s hot sauce!’ She had always loved hot sauces but she couldn’t have Tabasco and other hot sauces because the sodium level was too high,” said George. So the Brothers started making their hot sauce out of a little Florida fruit called a key lime. They learned from local chefs that you can trick the taste buds into “tasting salt” by using lime or lemon.
For the rest of the story about The Darby Brothers pick up a copy of Real Food Real Kitchens Magazine available now at your local Walmart (on their main magazine newsstand) or at select Barnes & Noble stores. In addition to The Darby Brothers story, the magazine is 132 pages filled with over 42 recipes and stories on other artisan food companies like: The Mast Brother Chocolate, Brooklyn Soda Works, Brooklyn Brine, Shining Light Garden, the Indialantic Seafood Company, The Florida Key Lime Pie Company... and stories about real people telling the story of a dish and their family and culture that bring it to life.
by Craig Chapman