Our Story

Elijah’s Xtreme® was created from a father and son’s love of hot peppers and passion to create a more flavorful, thicker, hotter, hot sauce. Elijah’s Xtreme Ghost Pepper Sauce officially launched in June of 2014! In August they landed their first account – Bass Pro Shops nationwide. Elijah’s Xtreme has been a top seller at Bass Pro ever since!

In 2003, Elijah at the age of 6, in his fathers garden, asked what he could do to be the youngest person to eat the world's hottest pepper. At that his father Bret, gave him a hot banana pepper and said "Start here.". That first bite sent Elijah running for water and began his love for hot peppers and hot sauces.


A few years later, after trying many different hot sauces, Elijah went to his father again and asked if they could make their own better tasting, hotter, hot sauce. It took the father and son team more than three years of trial and error to finally get their handcrafted recipe just right. Late in the summer of 2013 the two created the perfect balance of heat and flavor. They sent out over 100 samples and the feedback was great… everyone loved it, saying the same thing… “It’s hot, but has great flavor! ” With that, his father named their creation, Elijah’s Xtreme! (Since Elijah wanted to be so Xtreme by eating the world’s hottest pepper).

It was that same summer when Elijah, then 16, met Smokin’ Ed Currie at PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, SC. Elijah ate “Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper®” the World’s Hottest Pepper and met his goal! (after that he later said, never again, that hurt for 24 hours!)

7 years later we are very blessed to be pushing the boundaries in the hot sauce world. Elijah graduated business school in 2020 and has since taken over part of running the business alongside his father.

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