SAN DIEGO — Jennifer Reynolds is the owner and creator of the Sauce Goddess homemade dry rubs and sauces and she is so confident with her product that her clever tag line is, “If you don’t lick your fingers, someone else will.”
Reynolds will be amongst the many vendors participating in the third annual Rhythm & Vine Festival – North County’s music, wine and food festival — taking place on Saturday, April 9.
“My love for cooking and years of experimenting on my friends and family (not to mention a dare or two) led me to start Sauce Goddess in 2000,” Reynolds said. “I originally started with two Grill Glaze sauces. My Dad originally came up with the recipe that started it all – his Sweet BBQ sauce. I always loved it as a kid. He created because until now, he could not find a non-smoky BBQ sauce on the market.”
Sauce Goddess has grown and as of January 2010, their Grill Glazes are now available in four flavors: Sticky Sweet, Sweet & Spicy, Big Tangy Steak Sauce, and Sweet Red Devil.
“The Sticky Sweet and the Sweet & Spicy varieties are very similar in their sweet yummy flavor,” Reynolds said. “They are both obscenely good on chicken and ribs. The newest addition, Big Tangy Steak Sauce Grill Glaze, is totally different, with tangy and bold tomato and pepper flavors that go well with a thick juicy steak. All our products are vegan, and have no added preservatives.
“We’re very proud of the awards we’ve won with our Sweet & Spicy Grill Glaze, (third place 2004 Fiery Food Challenge and second place in the 2005 Scovie Competition),” she added. “We’re constantly thinking of new products, and we welcome all suggestions.
“It’s been a true labor of love from the start. My dedication to good ingredients means you’ll only get real brown sugar, tomatoes, peppers and other spices with my glazes. No additives, no preservatives, just great ingredients and most importantly – no smokey flavor in anything we make.”
Recently Reynolds added the Moroccan Twist Caramel Corn, which was released at the Fiery Food and BBQ show in Albuquerque, N.M. It is also worth noting that all of their spice rubs are gluten-free, and although Reynolds is not vegan, everything she makes is.
At the 2009 Rhythm & Vine Festival, Reynolds served sticky sweet pulled pork, featuring her dad’s BBQ sauce recipe. She is looking forward to sharing even more this year.
“We’re still deciding what we will bring,” she said. “We may sample a Sweet & Spicy Sloppy Joe with bacon and gooey onions. It’s great with red wine, believe or not. And we will for sure have shooters of all our sauces including the ultra spicy, Sweet Red Devil, and our brand new Moroccan Caramel Corn.
“It’s a fun event for a good cause, with great music, food, and wine. Plus it lets my company expose as many people to Sauce Goddess gourmet sauces, spices and rubs.”
Because the festival celebrates music, food and wine, Reynolds shared her favorites in each category.
“I enjoy everything from jazz and zydeco, to alternative punk from the ’70s and ’80s,” she said. “When it comes to wine, I I have to categorize it by food, which I of course enjoy with Sauce Goddess sauces – buttery chardonnay with fish and cheese, and zippy reds with grilled foods.”
Additionally, Reynolds said she will be donating a portion of all Sauce Goddess proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
“We are trying to raise a whopping $20,000 this year,” she said. “You’ll be making a donation by purchasing our product, or if you wish to, you can simply donate via our website. If people donate $20, we give them a free Teal Blue Sauce Goddess logo T-shirt.”
Try this recipe, with the sauce that started it all …
Sauce Goddess has the Best Wings in the World
4 pounds of chicken wings
2 tablespoons of Sauce Goddess BBQ Sweet Heat RubRub
Light oil for the grill
1 jar Sauce Goddess Sweet & Spicy Grill Glaze
1. Place wings in a bowl and toss with BBQ Sweet Heat Rub (use more if you like it really hot). Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place wings on a cookie sheet or roasting pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until done.
3. Remove from the oven. If you want your wings dry, you are done and can dip in the sauce as you want. If you want wet wings, pour on the Sauce Goddess Sweet & Spicy Grill Glaze, stir to coat and return to the oven for another 10 minutes or so.
On the Grill
Toss wings in Sauce Goddess BBQ Sweet Heat RubRub and grill until done. Sauce them up for another 5 minutes. They’ll cook up sticky sweet, a bit spicy and obscenely delicious.
Note- This Sauce Goddess RubRub recipe an easily be done with chicken tenders, too.
To view additional recipes for additional pictured dishes, visit the Sauce Goddess website. Some recipes include video demonstrations with Reynolds.
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