Introducing the Amazing Y’all Sauce

Yall Sauce

Josh McGee, creator of Y’all Sauce hails from the small community of Rocky Hill in Knoxville, TN. His culinary education began just 4 blocks down the street from his family home in his Granny Myra’s kitchen. It was here that Josh learned the art of good food, working alongside his Granny learning family recipes, chocolate pies, pecan brittle and chicken and biscuits. He saw first-hand the joy that her food brought to all who tasted.

How Ya’ll Sauce Got Started

Josh went on to study history at UT-Knoxville while working in local restaurants. While in the restaurant industry he became fascinated with the fast-paced environment, the clientele, and more importantly…the food! After graduation, he relocated to Charleston, SC where he continued to hone his skills as a chef as well as learn the proper way to make grits! Josh has crafted food in kitchens across the South and continues to combine his love of history with his passion for food. He is currently the chief Ya’ll sauce maker and co-owner of the Y’allSauce Company based in Winston Salem, NC where he lives with his wife Emily and their three children.

Josh is passionate about Southern cuisine and its unique ability to cross all lines and bring people together and can’t wait to share his knowledge of Southern fare.

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“We believe that food has the power to bring people together. To unite us. We believe the South is meant to be shared. It is rich in history and flavor.”

Call it Dixie dining or a dash of this or that, the South has always been popular for putting a little “Bam” on the food. From hot sauce to glazing meats with hot pepper jelly, favor is the pride of Southern foods.
Highly flavored Southern foods often contain dozens of ingredients extensively used to mask the blandness of foods.  The most commonly used seasoning was salt and pepper, then we moved on to anchovies, garlic and hot peppers.  Today adding flavor to food regardless of the product has become commonplace. 
 
It all started with French Mother Sauces. From Espagnole, mayonnaise, to tomato and bechamel. There may even be a few in between. Who doesn’t have their favorite meat and gravy dish or dipping sauce for fried fish or shrimp?
 
Little savory bowls of goodness were once accused of masking the flavor of spoiled meat or fish. But today, there are sauces for everything from tacos to chicken nuggets. Walk-in any restaurant and ask for hot sauce, there’s guaranteed to be 2-3 kinds. 
Who knew mastering the art of sauce making would ultimately jazz up any meal. Are you cooking game, beef, chicken? Looking for something different? The elevation of American taste buds is not what it was. It is food entrepreneurs like Josh McGee who will elevate basic foods into complex meals. With sauce on your side, you can turn a bland heap of boiled noodles into rich spice bowl of deliciousness. You can change a humble pile of romaine lettuce and grated Parmesan deliciousness.

Lessons learned…

  • The creation of his three signature sauces was no easy task.
  • Like all food entrepreneurs, your journey will have ups and downs.
  • Josh recommends that in the food business you must keep an open mind.
  • Passion is a must-have if you’re going to do what you love.
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Drop by the Y’all Sauce website and learn about these three distinct sauces. Create an amazing dish using one of Josh’s spectacular brands and post it on his Instagram page. He’d love to hear from you. Don’t forget to share which sauce if your favorite?

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