I love checking out local products on my many trips to the grocery store or farmer markets, so I was excited when Tory Campbell, the founder of Felton & Mary’s barbecue sauces, and I got in touch and sat down for lunch (a non-blog related meeting). He is incredibly personable and passionate about his products, a set of three barbecue sauces named for his grandparents, Felton and Mary, that come in Smokey Brown Sugar, Medium, and Hot.
I was eager to taste his sauces after hearing more about the story behind them. Tory launched this line of sauces based on the family recipe that his grandparents used at their barbecue restaurant in SE Portland, which opened in 1989 but eventually closed. Felton and Mary Campbell were naturally hospitable, the kind of people that loved to surround themselves with family, friends, and most importantly, really good food.
In honor of their memory, Tory launched his three sauces, featuring his grandparents’ portraits in line drawings on the front label.
I’m not a barbecue sauce expert and Cody is obsessed with Sweet Baby Rays (ew) so I was intrigued when I tasted a lot of cumin in each of these. I’m wondering now if that’s what “normal” sauce should taste like. It actually made me associate them as a delicious cross between a barbecue sauce and a salsa. I think they’d be great as dips, especially the Smokey Brown Sugar since it was much thicker than the Medium and Hot. I tested out a small batch mixed with greek yogurt and it was so good, perfect to spread on a burger or just eat with chips. I’m a wimp and thought the Medium and Hot were spicy but it’s unlikely that you’ll be eating them out of the jar like me!
You can find Felton & Mary’s BBQ sauces in several locations around the city. All three are currently being marketed under New Seasons’ partner label (so don’t be fooled by the New Seasons label!), and sold at the Montavilla farmer’s market, or you can buy the medium and hot at Green Zebra Grocery on the east side.
I’ve been wondering how I’m going to now use the three open jars of barbecue sauce in my fridge (if Cody doesn’t eat them first)! There are a couple of recipes listed on the Felton and Mary website including party wings or Black Bean & Brown Rice Mushroom Sliders which sound great. Or, I can slather it on pork chops, ribs or use it as a dip as I mentioned above. These would be a perfect addition to your Memorial Day menu, it’s not too late for one last stop at the grocery store!