It was the only written copy of that recipe, which he had kept in his wallet.
“I asked, ‘Mom, what did he tell me I had to do to get this recipe?’ ... ‘Nothing. He just gave it to you,” said Scales. “Call it cliché, but I dreamt of walking into the little country store that sat on top of the hill where we lived. In the dream, there was nothing in the store except bottles of sauce. On every shelf. With his face on it. I woke up, opened my laptop, and searched the Internet on free mentorship.”
Scales found herself at an organization called SCORE (www.score.org) where she told them she wanted to make this sauce for friends and family.
“They encouraged me to start a business, because you never know where the path will lead but you want to start with a good foundation. I didn’t know squat about the food industry, let alone sauce. I humbled myself and resigned to learn everything from scratch,” said Scales. “My first appointment, I met my mentor. John Soutar is maybe a couple years younger than my grandfather, if he were alive. John smiled and exclaimed that the checklist I need to do is how to make and sell a tomato-based food product. ‘Just do step one. File your business license and we will move at the speed of determination.’ That speed is as fast you’re determined to make it happen. Four months later, we had our first production day. An Amish company in Chillicothe, Ohio hand poured 700 bottles. The Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce hosted a kickoff for us and invited the community. We sold all of the first batch in a week. I was still on active duty, but that’s the day Mutt’s Sauce, LLC and the line of sauces made their debut.”
The Mutt’s Sauce flavors are Original, Sweet N Spicy, Ghost Pepper, and Gluten Free.
“Once or twice a year we release a limited edition flavor, Bourbon, that is a collaboration with the local distillery, Stillwrights,” said Scales. “We also just came out with a line of spices, which in essence, create three additional flavors when you add it to Mutt’s Sauce: Onion Pepper, Berbere and Garlic Ghost Pepper.”
The four sauces are a perfect way to introduce new flavors to your plate in March, which is National Sauce Month. They are locally manufactured and available for purchase at both Dot’s Market stores, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Commissary, as well as several Kroger stores. Check the store locator on the website at www.muttssauce.com where you can also purchase the sauces for home delivery.
• Original: No heat, kid friendly. Best suited for smothering on broccoli or as a replacement or upgrade to the ketchup in your fridge. Can also be used as a sweet and tangy salad dressing.
• Sweet N Spicy: This is Scales’ grandpa’s original recipe and Mutt’s bestseller. It can be used as a marinade, taco sauce or steak sauce.
• Ghost Pepper: This sauce came about from customer requests. “It’s not the ‘sacrifice yourself’ level of heat that some are prepared for. It’s the same sweet and tangy Mutt’s Sauce, but gradually heats up on the end. Great for wings and also seafood,” said Scales.
• Gluten Free Original: Part of the unique twang of Mutt’s Sauce is the use of soy sauce. For this sauce, the soy sauce is replaced with with Tamari sauce. The entire line of sauces is vegan-friendly.
Charlynda Scales is shown with four flavors of her family recipe multi-purpose sauce. CONTRIBUTED
It’s thicker than hot sauce, but thinner than barbecue. The notes are sweet, tangy, with a little bit of heat. It’s tomato-based, which often has it confused for a barbecue, but in the grocery world it’s considered specialty sauce. It’s delicious and worth adding to your pantry.
“I think it’s a testament to his passion, drive, and values of family and service that have made its mark on my life and the company. One team, One fight is our mantra and it’s truly a pleasure to serve,” said Scales.
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