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Food has an uncanny ability to connect people, evoke memories, and create lasting bonds. In my family, there’s one recipe that stands out as the epitome of togetherness and joy: My Dad’s recipe for BBQ sauce. Over the past 50 years, this mouthwatering dish has not only tantalized our taste buds but has also brought our family closer together. Let me tell you how it all started.
When I was a very small girl, my Dad began to make his own barbecue sauce (now known as Sticky Sweet) because he really disliked what he found at the store; a sauce was full of liquid smoke. What he made was simple barbecue sauce and it was delicious!
I grew up not knowing it was different. The love for that sticky gooey sauce for ribs and chicken grew as we shared our love for cooking with friends and beyond. I took the sauce in jars from home to college and cooked for my roommates. They were hooked.
One day my parents announced they were moving. I panicked, yes I would miss them, but what about the sauce? I had to get the recipe. His response was, “What recipe?” So we began a funny journey to get him to use actual measuring cups and I created a recipe.
Then my friends threw down a challenge and said the words I will never forget, “Jen don’t get old and wonder what if you ever did something with that recipe for barbecue sauce”.
I started the company a month later with one recipe and added a spicer version (Sweet & Spicy) and went to market. I knew a retailer, Ron, that might give me a solid opinion about the product. So I took samples to him. A few weeks later (the middle of December), I received a voicemail from Ron. He said, “I never call prospective vendors in the middle of December, but we all loved your product, can you have it ready for an event in our store January 20th?” I said yes and then figured out a way to make it. A few years ago, I jokingly told him it was all his fault I started down this road.
One thing that has always been important to me is that the product itself is not bad for you. So I started out using real food and as a company, we still use real food. Our products have always been Vegan, back before anyone but vegans knew what that was. We changed to a gluten-free recipe about 15 years ago and now test and certify our products as gluten-free. We’ve always known that it’s very important to us to use fresh, real, clean ingredients. We all deserve to eat proper food.
Why is it important to eat real food?
Yes, it is very important we keep it simple, with no additives and nothing but recognizable ingredients. Why is that a big deal to have real food in our sauces and spices? Because we care about what we feed our bodies.
Well, do you know what silicone dioxide is? It’s sand. Do you want an anti-caking ingredient like that in your food? Didn’t you eat enough dirt and sand as a toddler?
How about Xanthan Gum, do you know what it is? It’s derived from the mold that grows on corn. When the sugar from corn starts to ferment, you get a gooey substance that some manufacturers add to food. Yummy. Seriously companies use it to stretch ingredients to make products cheaply. They do this instead of using real food.
Eat Well, Live Better.
- No Junk. Our products are made from the highest quality ingredients around. Vegan. Certified Gluten-Free. Non-GMO. You won’t find any additives or preservatives in our stock.
- Only Real Ingredients. Our flavors are so powerful because they come from the real stuff. Real food with real ingredients made by real folks. Because you deserve the best.
- Award-Winning Flavors. Our competition track record speaks for itself. Thanks to our wide variety of tempting food products, you can experience the taste of victory however you’d like.
It’s been more than 20 years and we are still very proud of everything we put in our products and purposeful in everything we leave out. We know people want to recognize what’s in their food. We do too!
Sauce Goddess is a woman-owned business and community member. We are still not a huge company. We still answer the phone ourselves, mostly. We like to give back, so we partner with local and national organizations to help challenged adults with disabilities to perform jobs that are specific to their special skill set. We donate to Rotary, Ovarian Cancer Research and other causes that resonate with our lives.
Everyone who cooks with our products contributes to the Sauce Goddess story.
Here’s my Dad and I, back in the day, several years after I started Sauce Goddess.
Keep on cooking and creating with our sauces and spices because you know “if you don’t lick your fingers, someone else will!”.
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