Is this a barbecue sauce?
Nope. It's a concentrated saucy marinade that is influenced by cajun cooking. It's lively and tasty and filled with a variety of smartly-blended flavors, and there's nothing else like it on the market. Sonnyboy's Spicy Goodness is used in a wide variety of protein and veggie dishes. Our customers come back for more and we love them for it.
How did you come up with this sauce?
I'd been perfecting this sauce for quite some time after friends wanted me to try replicating a dish we'd discovered on travels in the southern US. Then after a life change and living in the freezing cold for six months straight, I wanted nothing more than this sauce, baked with shrimp, chicken or pork and a loaf of french bread. It's far different than what you'll find on the grocery shelves.
Is this sauce high in saturated fat?
Not at all. We use only extra virgin olive oil and no other type of fat in this sauce. What you choose to add to it is up to you, if anything!
Is this sauce vegan?
Yes, it's entirely vegan. No meat, no fish, and no animal by-products. This is a bona fide vegan sauce for those who don't do meat, dairy or seafood. I hear it's good with tofu.
I'm allergic to peanuts. Can I use this sauce?
While the sauce has no peanut products anywhere in the recipe, it is occasionally bottled at a highly-regarded local commercial facility where it's best to assume that peanuts could have been part of their other processes.
Where'd you get that yellow pickup truck? I love it!
It belonged to my grandfather, Little Paw-Paw, who owned a gas station in Henderson, Tennessee when I was a boy. He was a wonderful man and I'm glad to keep his legacy in action. It's a '67 Chevy "three on the tree" straight-shift. No power anything.
Why does the olive oil in the sauce "settle"?
We don't use xantham gum, nitrates, or any other products that keep dressings and sauces looking pretty while they sit on grocery store shelves. And after you open the sauce the first time, you'll want to put it in the refrigerator and the olive oil will solidify. Either set it out to liquify a bit, or just scoop it out of the jar and get cooking.
How do I cook with the sauce?
Lots of ways, and more we haven't thought of no doubt. We'd love to hear how you use the sauce!
What do you recommend adding to the sauce to make it stretch a little more for sopping with bread or gluten-free pita, etc?
We have received tons of feedback on that topic, so here are a few: butter, extra virgin olive oil, vegetable and plant oils are at the top of the list.
Is the sauce crazy spicy or hot?
We have witnessed a couple of friends eyes glisten a bit after the first bite, but these were not people who liked spicy. We think they were being nice. Other friends, folks from farmers markets and family say this sauce is smartly spicy, in a very flavorful garlic-capsaicin pepper-smokey-tangy kind of way. Not off-the-hook spicy in a volcanic chicken-wing wasabi way. And it can be easily tamed by "cutting" the heat with added olive oil, butter or any other fat of your choice. For some, it's not spicy enough. (If you are the type of person who uses Hunt's ketchup because you think Heinz is too spicy, this is not the sauce for you.)
Will you sell this sauce at "X" mega-super-market?
Nope. We are big believers in local product, whether it's eggs, or bourbon, or chèvre cheese. We will be in specialty markets around North Carolina and continue to sell online.
How do I know where you'll be - whether online, or at a store, or a farmer's market or event?
Like us on Facebook and you'll see where we are every other weekend. You'll also find how to buy online.
Do you take PayPal?
Yes, along with Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Recipes again? Right here.
Sonnyboy's yellow 1967 Chevy market truck