The General’s Hot Sauce donates $7,500 to the Big Red Barn Retreat in Columbia

December 14, 2023

Proceeds Raised at ‘Virtual’ Army-Navy Football Game Tailgate Party

The General’s Hot Sauce, a Columbia-based, veteran-owned-and-operated small business, announced a donation of $7,500 to the Big Red Barn Retreat after its ‘virtual’ tailgate party for the recent Army-Navy football game.

“Our ‘World Headquarters’ was alive with energy for the ‘virtual’ tailgate,” said The General’s Hot Sauce co-founder Dan Ballister, who is a Naval Academy graduate. “Although my alma mater came up short on the scoreboard, I still smiled my way through the day because it was just a special event. The generosity of those who came to watch the game and enjoy the food and drink is appreciated because it accurately reflects the mission of TGHS.”

Dan Ballister (L) and Dilon Cox with their products at the virtual Army-Navy tailgate.

In addition to specialty food and drink, The General’s Bee Sting, the company’s newest product made its public debut.

Company principles Dillon Cox, Steve Osegueda and Chris Behling, all Veterans of the Marine Corps and University of South Carolina graduates known as The Committee, supervise all facets of the line of hot sauces from growing to production to shipping. All of the hot sauces, that range from mild to Scoville-scale heat, are packaged in glass bottles shaped like hand grenades and are made with South Carolina-grown peppers. The company, developed from an idea that surfaced at an Army-Navy football game tailgate in 2012, donates a meaningful portion of its revenue to assist Veteran and military families.


About the General’s Hot Sauce (TGHS)

The General’s Hot Sauce is a Columbia, S.C. based veteran-owned company, whose premium all-natural variety of sauces are made with an industry leading 86 percent of American-grown peppers and packaged in trademarked hand grenade-shaped glass bottles. Founded in 2014 after a ‘lightbulb’ moment at an Army-Navy football game tailgate, the company employs veterans and college students. It operates on four guiding principles – produce the highest quality product, support the American farmer, create jobs for veterans, and build and maintain an honorable company. The General’s Hot Sauce lives by its motto – “A Great Sauce For The Greater Good,” and continues to donate a meaningful percentage of its profits to support military and veteran families. In the most recent Inc 5000 rankings, it ranked 757th nationally for fastest growing, privately held small businesses, and was also ranked as one of the fasted growing veteran-owned businesses in America.