Black Cap Hot Sauce tips a (backward flat bill) hat to the art of fermentation and preserving living culture. 









Voted TOP 10 Columbus - Made products of 2023!

About Us

Jack Moore

Co-Founder, Chef

Black Cap Hot Sauce is a 100% natural, living culture fermented hot sauce made by Jack and Nicki Moore in Columbus, Ohio.  The namesake stemmed from blind taste tests with family and friends to finalize the recipe. One unmarked test bottle had a black cap, and the other had a white cap. As taste tests began, “Black Cap” was the undisputed winner, and the product named itself!

Our ingredient list is clean: Fresno peppers, garlic, ginger, lime zest, salt, chia seeds, and water - that's it.  We preserve the live probiotic cultures in our sauce, as well as the big, bold, funky flavor that only a living culture ferment can deliver.

Find us in the cooler near the kimchi, kombucha, or natural foods section at your local Ohio retailer!


Sauce ships ONCE WEEKLY to minimize carrier window. Cold packed, sealed, and shipped 2-Day Air or overnight. Delivery can be expected within 10 days of placing order.


It's Alive! Living culture fermented products may be unrefrigerated for a few days. Once received, pop your sauce back in the fridge. You may notice some pressure once opened. No spoilage here, just a little *chef's hiss* from the active cultures.


1-2 bottles - $15

3-5 bottles - $10

6-7 bottles - $5

8+ bottles - FREE

T-Shirts ship FREE


CBUS: Weiland's Market, Hill's Market (Downtown and Worthington) Littleton's Market, COLO and Saddleberk at the North Market, Beechwold Farm Market, Branstool Orchards, Clintonville Natural Foods, Lancaster Greenhouse, Keller Market House, Butcher and Grocer, Market District Powell, Kingsdale, and Grandview.

CLE: Larder Delicatessen, Martha on the Fly, Beet Jar, Gingham Market, Taco Tantos Kent, Ohio City Provisions

EVENTS: Check highlights on the Black Cap Hot Sauce Instagram Page for up-to-date event schedule!

Why Black Cap?

Through your support, we amplify the health and wellness benefits of creating and consuming fermented foods.  “Preserving a culture” is our mission, and that goes beyond preserving the live probiotic, gut-friendly culture in our sauce.  It extends to our sustainability practices, like sourcing local produce whenever possible, composting all food waste, and using recyclable glass bottles and metal caps.  Our living culture, small batch ferments reflect our local agricultural system, supporting local farmers and sharing our collective food journey with you.

We wanted to make hot sauce that is not only delicious, but good FOR us, too.  Our 100% natural ingredients are fermented in ridiculously small batches, bottled by hand, and delivered or snagged at a retailer near you.

My guy and I have decided that Black Cap is literally the best hot sauce we've ever had!  We love yours because it has such a great flavor without being too heat-forward!

Jamie Seel
Founder, SEEL

Literally the best in the biz! This coming from a hot sauce connoisseur. A shelf in my refrigerator literally broke because of the weight of all the sauces. True story!

Lee Miranda
Columbus, Ohio


Snag your sauce from any of our Ohio Retail Partners!

COLUMBUS: Giant Eagle Market District - All Locations (Grandview Yard, Hilliard, New Albany, McCutcheon and Stelzer, Westerville, Powell, Kingsdale, Dublin, Sawmill), Watershed Distillery, Weiland's Market, Beechwold Farm Market, Hungarian Butcher, Littleton's Market, The Butcher and Grocer, Bottleshop on King, North Market (Downtown and Bridge Park at the Saddleberk or COLO butcher/seafood shops), Freedom a la Carte, Bexley Natural Market, Clintonville Natural Foods, Lawbird Supply House, Hills Market (Worthington and Downtown), Branstool Orchards, Macelleria Bexley

CLEVELAND: Giant Eagle Market District (Westlake, Strongsville, Solon, Cuyahoga Falls, Uniontown), Larder Delicatessen, Ohio City Provisions, Heart of Gold, Martha on the Fly, Beet Jar, Good Company, Cordelia, Lake Road Market, Taco Tonto's Kent, Gingham Market, Beau's Deli and Market, Black Market Meats

CINCINNATI: Jungle Jim's Eastgate

SOUTHEAST: Kindred Market (Athens), Keller House Market, Lancaster Greenhouse 

If YOU would like to be a Black Cap Retail Partner or want to see Black Cap available in your area, hit us up!                      


Columbus, Ohio