Dad’s Westcoast Awesome Sauces…

… they’re not East Indian. Not Thai. Not Mexican. Just awesome!

It all started when I, Liz Newton, created THE PERFECT HOT SAUCE for my husband Jon, otherwise known as Dad. Jon was always looking for the right combination of heat and flavour and our fridge was always full of different bottles of hot stuff as Jon tried this and that. Now Dad’s Westcoast Wildfire Awesome Sauce reigns supreme ;-) .

It was so good we decided to start selling it at Government Street and Moss Street Markets in Victoria in the summer of 2010 and it was very well received.

And, in the years since, the Dad’s Westcoast line of hot sauces has grown to five.

From right to left, they are:

Dad’s Westcoast Rainforest Awesome Sauce – mild, but not tame.

Westcoast Embers Awesome Sauce – medium and just right!

the original, Dad’s Westcoast Wildfire Awesome Sauce – hot, but not deadly!

Dad’s Westcoast Armageddon Sauce – xhot and still tasty.

and, Dad’s Westcoast OMG! it’s Awesome Sauce – xxhot and heavenly!

Now, our Awesome Sauces can be found in quite a few stores on Vancouver Island and in some other locations further afield.

All five are awesomely delicious fusions of fresh peppers, ripe plum and sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, fresh and dried garlic, onions and ginger, and different selections of hand-ground herbs and spices. Free of artificial ‘flavours’ or preservatives, they’re also free of wheat* and soy and contain no dairy or meat ingredients, making them suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike.

Prepared and cooked in the Cowichan Valley, from recipes formulated from scratch by moi, they’re as fresh and healthy as we could make them. We source as many ingredients as we can locally and work with island and mainland farmers to grow our peppers.

And, although our company name makes no mention of it, we also have a selection of wonderfully tasty spices mixes, all of which are made from fresh-ground spices.

The first one was our Westcoast Awesome Meat Rub.
Its full flavour does not rely on MSG to satisfy your taste buds and it has less salt than the average spice mix. While it’s perfectly suited to fish and poultry – our daughter loves it on her grilled chicken – our customers also like it on venison and other red meats. Vegetarians and vegans might like it in soups, stews, sprinkled on a plain potato salad or used as a marinade for tofu.

In the summer of 2012, we introduced our Westcoast Awesome HOT Meat Rub, and at Christmas we started selling our East Indian and our West Indies Spice Mixes. You’ll find us this summer at various markets with all four of our spice mixes. And, they’re all sold at the Cowichan Bay Collective in lovely Cow Bay; at the Farm Store at Merridale Ciderworks; and, in Victoria, by Lifestyles on Douglas and the Market on Millstream.

Check here for more information about our Awesome Spices Mixes and for some ideas on how to use them..

* We don’t put wheat, or gluten, in our products – in fact, we chose early on to limit the off-the-shelf ingredients and to hand-grind most of our spices so as to eliminate the fillers and binders which are used in the spice business. That said, we don’t use a gluten free kitchen right now.

We also have gone out of our way to source spices which have not had sulphites – or other preservatives – added to them, and our sun-dried tomatoes are preserved with sea salt.

P.S. When I get some time, I’ll try to figure out how to indicate what selection of our products various stores carry.

Liz, Emma and Jon Newton


5 Responses to Dad’s Westcoast Awesome Sauces…

  1. Stephen Littleford says:

    Hi Liz and Jon. My girlfriend Kayla and I bought some hot sauce from you yesterday at the UVic market, and we promised to send you a recipe for Shakshuka, which would be GREAT with your wildfire sauce. Here is the recipe:

    Some recipes for Shakshuka have ‘Harissa’ in them, which is a blended mixture of chilis, garlic, and spices. The recipe in the link above does not call for harissa, but I enocurage you to give it a go…you will not be disappointed! Take care

  2. Rhiannon says:

    Dear Awesome Sauce,

    I would like to say how well you awesomeness compliments my own, especially with my culinary arts. However, I have a conundrum in that I do not live on Vancouver Island but rather in Vancouver.

    I am wondering if your awesomeness has managed to spread over to any fine retail establishments here in Vancouver so that further merging of my awesomeness and the awesomeness of your sauces my continue in the future.

    Kindest regards,

    Rhiannon; Awesome

  3. Charlene Kelln says:

    Here is an awesome recipe to try (I was telling you about it at the Moss Street market today):

    Exotic Dip (lunch-sized plate)

    ½ tub spreadable cream cheese (4 ounces)
    1-2 tbsp of Patak’s medium curry paste (or to taste)
    ½ teaspoon of turmeric

    ¼ cup mango chutney
    ¼ cup red pepper jelly

    Sprinkle toasted pine nuts
    Sprinkle raisins
    Sprinkle green onions.

    First mix the cream cheese with curry paste & tumeric.
    Spread onto the plate… then layer Mango Chutney, Red Pepper Jelly, pine nuts, raisins & green onions on top.
    Serve with pita chips, yum!

  4. Adam says:

    Hey there guys, just wondering if there is any way to purchase this good stuff and get it shipped inland to cranbrook bc?! Thanks

  5. Liz says:

    Hi Patricia, many thanks for your enquiry and my apologies for not replying sooner. We’ve been very busy with summer markets.

    I tried emailing you directly at with our sell and spec sheets but it bounced back. If you can give me an email that works I can send you the info you asked for. I’d also be happy to send you samplers (40ml) of our various products.

    Best regards

    Liz Newton

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