We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Lister and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My brothers and I grew up challenging each other to see who could eat the saltiest, spiciest, and strangest foods. This led to us being very adventurous eaters and chefs. We’ve been hot sauce fans since we were little kids, and have experimented with cooking a variety of sauces through the years. Richie, the eldest Lister brother, started getting into gardening, and acquired a smoker a few years back. Every time I’d go over to his house, he’d have a new hot sauce for me to try. He landed on a couple recipes that blew me away! I’ve praised them as the best hot sauces I’ve ever tasted. Those ended up being our first two flavors: Jalapeño Business and Blister Original. My middle initial is “B” and our last name is Lister, so we had a great name in our back pocket. The name is bit scary to folks who don’t know its origin, but we have a heat level for all spice fans. Since launching in 2019, Blister Hot Sauce has really just sold itself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a songwriter with Big Yellow Dog Music, I tour and record with a variety of other artists, and own Blister Hot Sauce with my brothers Jonathan and Richie Lister.
I think what separates Blister from other hot sauces is our creativity in developing the recipes, and the time, love and, care we put into handcrafting each batch.
All three brothers are musicians and creatives. This has been both a blessing and a curse. All three of us come up with brilliant ideas, but we’ve had to work very hard to learn how to manage and run a company together.
Though it’s not always easy, I couldn’t be happier getting to spend time with my brothers, and making a product that people love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am plant-based, so I would send my friends to Cafe Gratitude and Crossroad Kitchen for sure. I’m also an avid runner, and love going for long runs through Griffith Park. So, I’d suggest a hike or run through there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom and dad for their love of hot sauce and pickles.
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Erin Kice on the last two photos (with brothers Richie and Jeremy Lister)