Founded after Sean returned from a deployment in mid-2018; he had been looking to start a business. Upon returning stateside Sean came to find out that Eli's Father (aka Big Papi C) grew and harvested his own spicy delights; ranging from Jalapenos to Ghost Peppers. After a few months of testing and embracing the horrible but also satisfying burns of pepper justice; Sean and Eli found what they had been searching for.
We were ready to get lost in the sauce; but wanting to offer something that was so much more than just a bottle of hot sauce. Here are the three pillars of our brand that we wholeheartedly stand by everyday:
Honor those currently protecting, defending, and supporting our country
Support a bad-ass non-profit(s)
Provide premium hot sauces through superior customer service
Work Hard, Play Hard.
To fulfill the tall order of our mission statement requires a passion that goes beyond clocking in the hours required. Countless night's burning the midnight oil to get our sauces ready to flip the next day is not for everyone. But we are not 'everyone'. On our limited days (more like hours) off we love to spend it with family and friends.
Fueled with a passion to provide a DAMN good hot sauce to our customers and give back to those who serve, we created 13 Stars. Our sauce, developed from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and long hours of burning eyes, provides an explosion of flavor that people with all levels of heat tolerance can appreciate. We want our customers to feel good about what they are buying.
To give our appreciation and gratitude to those who serve, a portion of every bottle purchased will go toward supporting U.S. military service members, first responders, and their families.
Chili-head, fitness enthusiast, and astronomy geek; Sean has been around hot sauce and the culinary world most of his life. He has been a chili-head before-birth with his mother sucking down packets of hot sauce when pregnant with him. As an Air Force veteran, Sean started the company after following his passion.
Beer snob, IT nerd, and a psychopath when it comes to heat tolerance; Eli has grown (and eaten) most of the hottest peppers known to man. Trying out pure capsaicin* is Eli’s idea of “fun”. After separating from the Air Force, Eli looked into possible means to help transition into the civilian world. It came in the form of Sean asking him to help start 13 Stars.
How We Give Back
Being a fundamental pillar of our company we have to give back right. We have done countless hours of research to make sure we are giving back to non-profits that truly make a difference within the U.S. Veterans and First responders field.
13 Stars gives preference to veteran-owned businesses as our vendors and suppliers. We are committed to hiring veterans as we grow. Making a difference not only by providing aid to the non-profits but providing for our veteran employees.
“I take pride every day that I go into work knowing that I am providing for those that have served our country in both the veterans we employ and the causes we support.”
Sean Maloney, CEO / Founder
13 Stars is a Veteran owned, mission driven hot sauce company that gives back to those that serve.
*Capsaicin (8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide) is an active component of chili peppers, which are plants belonging to the genus Capsicum. It is an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact. In its pure form it reaches levels of 16 million scoville units.