Haul of Fame

February 13, 2017

sbcitrusSt. Pete, Delaware, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, New Smyrna, Palm Coast, Chester SC, Bluffton SC, Tallahassee

Sauce Boss to be honored.
On March 5th, I’m gonna party down with my good friends Albert Castiglia, and Selwyn Birchwood, along with Les Dudek, Rick Derringer, and Mike Pinera, at the Florida Musicians Awards Hall of Fame. Burt Reynolds  will receive the Humanitarian Award. and Jerry Mathers will be stirrin the gumbo. Yep, that’s the Beaver y’all. The Beave is hosting the event, and it’s gonna be one hell of a jam. Seating is ticketed, so now’s the time to reserve a good seat. Check out the video here. And more info here

                                          This weekend!jazz-flyer

Liquid Summer Thai Salad

lsthaisaladOnions,tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, honey

Cabin Fever Info

One of my favorite dishes using Liquid Summer Hot Sauce is spaghetti sauce over angel hair pasta. I will use just a little bit, where it’s almost imperceptible. But it marries all the other ingredients together, giving the sauce a character, like almost an identity, a presence that says, “Hello!” without the burn.

                                          Music on the Bay March 4thp6wuhko

The Awe Shack  
2510 Conway Rd. Suite 101 Gambrills, Maryland    21054 410-721-5022    TheAweShack@gmail.com
When I saw the name, I was skeptical. However when I tasted the food, I was a believer in the awesomeness of this little kabob place between Baltimore and DC. (Right near the intersection of I-97 and Hwy 3.  It’s a nice ride if you want to avoid the DC traffic) And when you get there, you will be rewarded. …I promise. Once in a great while, a truly great meal comes out of nowhere. A surprise, a sleeper, a complete flabbergast, that hits you up side the head like a brick… of pure flavor. I had a meal like that at this little kabob house between B’more and DC. The name is a play on “Aushak”- an Afghani handmade ravioli stuffed with scallions and leeks, topped with a traditional mint-garlic yogurt dressing, ground sirloin, and cilantro. All meats and vegetables used at the Awe Shack are organic, and the veggies are locally grown.  The “Right-out-of-the-tandoor bread” is crazy good. . The quality of ingredients, the attention to detail, and obvious love of cooking makes The Awe Shack truly awesome.


Thanks for the award, But…
Gotta say thanks to all who have congratulated me with the “Bout Time” comments on the social media. When I got the call about the Hall of Fame gig, I was blindsided. I must admit, it was kinda fun to puff up for a couple of days. Feel important, give the big bad world a little “I told ya so”.  Then I came back to planet Earth, and the humbling  began. I couldn’t have done it without folks who have supported me for all these years. Back when I began my quixotic gumbo crusade, I had no idea that traveling from A to B would involve such an effort. All along the way, some people would tell me, “I would never go up north in the blizzards of winter”. Or, “Don’t you get tired of riding in the van and waiting around in airports”? But for those smiling faces at the gigs, it’s all right here. It’s all right now. Not a rehearsal. This is it, for whatever it  will be. I guess I’ve been traveling from A to BE! Yeah, the “Be” is where I ended up. Everything between the A and the B is the “Be”. All for the better. And there’s one person who I must congratulate, and thank more than any other. My friend and companion for my lifetime, Ruth Wharton. On February 25th, we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  I am giggin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and  she will be at my side. Yup, braving the blizzard or the sunshine, we are in it for the long haul. And THAT’S… why I call it the “Haul of Fame”.




June 11, 2013

Summer’s about to jump on us, and it’s gonna be a hot


Iron Horse Poster

Sauce Boss BBQ Hash
As I promised all my Facebook friends, here’s my recipe for my Grand Daddy’s South Carolina Low Country BBQ Hash. Of course, I have put my own spin on the recipe with my Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. I have many fond memories of my grandfather, William Watts Wharton Sr., AKA “Pop”, used to take out his false teeth and scare the hell out of us little ones. He told war stories from World War I, hunting tales from the turn of the century Florida, and jokes for all the grand kids. Christmas at Mimi and Pop’s was the most magical of times with all the trimmings on a gorgeous tree, surrounded by presents, and an unforgettable feast . Sometimes he would make BBQ Hash, and we would pig out, till our little bellies were tight as ticks.

First, Smoke the Meat

First, Smoke the Meat

Here’s how I make it:

2 Lb. beef chuck roast (or goat meat. Pop would sometimes use goat)
3 Lb. pork boneless Boston butt
Two 12 oz. bottles of Heinz Chili sauce
1/2 cup vinegar (or more if you like it tangy. Pop used 12 oz.)
3 Tbs honey
1/4 cup of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce

Trim excess fat from meat and smoke it in a charcoal smoker for 3 hours.  Cut it up in one inch cubes, and cover with water in a large cast iron pot. Boil the meat until tender. Take the meat out and shred it discarding any bones or fat.

Put the meat back into the broth. Add vinegar, chile sauce, honey, and Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. Cook it down till the juice is almost all gone. Serve on a bun with a splash of Liquid Summer and a big slice of onion.

Make more than you need, cauce you will always want more than you have.

Make more than you need, ’cause you will always want more than you have.

This is what you need for eternal culinary bliss:  Liquid Summer Hot Sauce. It comes in the original Datil and Habanero (extra hot) flavors
.  Get yours HERE.

The hot  sauce for the new millennium.

The hot sauce for the new millennium.


Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
105 N Main St  Akron, OH 44308  (330) 253-2999
In 1949,  Nick Ciriello, the son of a cheese maker, bought a small steak house on North Main Street in Akron, Ohio.  As it happened, the simple pasta and pizza recipes became more popular, and so the grill was shut down in favor of  the authentic Italian bill of fare. Over 60 years later they are still crankin out the real deal  pizza.  This ain’t no disco, this ain’t no messin around. These guys know what’s up with the pepperoni. Luigi’s hit the big time in 1972 in Tom Batiuk’s  comic strip Funky Winkerbean. Montoni’s Pizza, the local pizza parlor that Funky co-owned with Tony Montoni, is modeled after Luigi’s Restaurant. Luigi’s is the embodiment of everything Italian. Warm and friendly, accommodating, and very tasty.

Luigi's Veggie Pizza

Luigi’s Veggie Pizza

The Bad Santa Tour, Win Liquid Summer, Sauce Boss Swag Store, Sweet Potato Oranges, Hunan Chinese Restaurant,

November 29, 2012

White Mountain Blues Fest 2012

It’s that time again. December is hitting me from behind. Hard to believe another year has passed. But we have one more tour before we bid 2012 adieu.  We will be hitting all our old haunts on this tour. Here’s the scoop on our Baaaad Santa Tour.

Win a case of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce.
Here’s how to do it. Go to the Sauce Boss Facebook page and “Like” it.  Post your guess as to what my best recipe of the year is. If you are the first to guess it correctly, you will receive a case of Liquid Summer in time to stuff yer stocking. Contest ends Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.

Now’s the perfect time to do yer holiday shopping at the Sauce Boss Store. Hot Sauce–you know you need a case of sauce for the holidaze. CDs– have you gotten “Live at the Green Parrot” yet? It’s live, live, live!  Check this deal out:   Your choice:  Any CD and any two bottles of sauce only $20.

Cornbread stuffing and  Sweet Potato Oranges

My Grandmother used to make these sweet potatoes in oranges. She would put a marshmallow on top of each of them and bake em.  This is my own version of “Mimi’s Sweet Potato Oranges”.

3 large sweet Potatoes
6 oranges
6 oz. soft tofu
Dash of each: Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves
3 tbls maple syrup
Bake or wave the potatoes. Cut the oranges in half and juice them. Drink all but 1/2 cup of the juice. Mash the juice with the rest of the ingredients, and put the mixture in the orange shells. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes.

Hunan Chinese Restaurant

386-328-0222 10 Eastgate Square Hwy 17 South East Palatka, FL 32131 Mon–Thurs: 11 am-9:30 pm Fri-Sat: 11am-10:30 pm Sun: 12 pm-9pm Lunch Special – 11 am-3 pm

Here’s a good one. I love it when I find a modest, out of the way place with true artisans doing what they love to do, and doing it soooo well. Our server, Linda was super attentive, and perfectly capable of making sure that our “special” dietary needs were met. Every dish from the kitchen was top notch and the portions were grand. Steamed dumplings. At most restaurants ya get six little teasers. I guess that’s why they call em appetizers. But at Hunan, there’s enough to fill up two people, never mind the entree. Every dish we had was more than enough. And the whole vibe and attitude was one of facilitating a great meal. It’s the difference between having a job, and doing your life’s work. The work that you were meant to do. The work that make’s you happy and prosperous in riches beyond money. Thank you Linda and you able partner in the kitchen for making our meal, our evening, and our lives better.

Fla. and Midwest Tour, Sauce Boss 2012, Oyster Cocktail Sauce, Christie’s

October 17, 2011

Photo by Lori Patrick

Tour Schedule:
Pensacola Beach, Lake Worth, key west, Destin, Eddie Fest (Pensacola Beach), Springfield IL,Kansas City, St Louis

NOTE: Our date in Pensacola has been changed from Saturday Oct 22 to Friday Oct. 21.

New T Shirts now available.   Are you tired of the same old politics?  Make a difference.  Wear the Sauce Boss 2012 t shirt to show your solidarity with the Gumbo Party.

You know you need one of these too.

Oyster Season is here!
In Florida, we tend to shy away from oysters harvested in months with out an “r”.  Last week I went to the mountain in terms of eating oysters. (No, I wasn’t eating mountain oysters, I was eating Apalachicola oysters).  Apalachicola oysters are renowned the world over for good reason.  They are that good.   At the Franklin County Oyster Fest they were fifty cents each. So what was I to do? HAVE SOME. What a great time jammin on the beach, eatin oysters, good company.  Life is good.

Love that Florida Seafood!

Oyster Cocktail Sauce
1 cup of Ketchup
Juice of a lemon
2 tbsp horseradish
2 tbls Liquid Summer Hot Sauce  (or more)…(lots more)….(Time to load up for the holidaze.)
OR…You could just use it straight out of the bottle on yer oyster. Man, that’s gooood.

Christie’s Pub  3261 S. 13th Milwaukee, WI 53215 414-672-3500
In 1954 Harry and Martha opened the doors to Christie’s.  Today when you walk through the front door, it’s like stepping through a portal for  time travel.  The same pictures hang on the walls, the same counter, the same mirror in the men’s room, basically the same place.  The kitchen has been modernized, but the pub has a serious retro vibe.  Amazingly well preserved.  Jason, son of Harry and Martha runs the place now.  Martha’s still doing stuff around the kitchen.  (Making dessert, doin the dishes, helping out.)  It does a body good to see a family endeavor survive.  When I went to Christie’s,  the chef was ready to accommodate my crazy diet requests, and the result was mighty tasty.  A little whole wheat pasta, with marinara sauce and grilled eggplant, with a delicious salad, and a glass of red wine.  YUMMM!

Back in Florida One More Time, Basil Harvest, Chorizo, Yellowstone Vacation pics, And a Great Big THANK YOU!

October 26, 2010

Home Sweet Home!

Pensacola Beach, key west, Delray Beach, Green Cove Springs, Deland,
Ft. Lauderdale.

Here’s the low down on the hoe down.

I have received  hundreds and hundreds of well wishing phone calls, letters, cards, emails, prayers, good vibes, and posts on my guestbook and Facebook pages. I had a good run, and I was resigned to whatever would be, but I guess I have a few more strings to bend, a few more songs to sing, a few more mouths to feed, and a few more souls to fill with the spirit of brotherhood. I will see y’all somewhere down the road.

The song “I Broke My Heart” written after my first heart attack in 2003 appears on my “Come and Get” It CD.  You can get a copy for $5 from now until December 1st, or you can get a copy free with every case of Liquid Summer (any flavor or mixed) until then too.  Bout time to think about your holiday gifts.

We recently took a trip to Yellowstone to commune with nature and do some hiking.  Here’s some highlights on Facebook.

Time to harvest the herbs.  Here’s my Basil.

Freeze the leaves in little bags and use em through the cold months

Freeze the leaves in little bags and have basil through the cold months

1 Page Avenue Asheville, North Carolina 28801 (828) 350-1332

Asheville, North Carolina has been called the Paris of the South. You get the vibe hanging out at the Biltmore Mansion where Granny Clampett meets Marie Antoinette. The folks up near Mount Pisgah have perpetuated a somewhat sophisticated, albeit rough-hewn sensibility over the years that makes for some fine grazing around lunchtime. Organic veghead bill of fare is typical, and the charming little downtown is vibrant with artisan shops selling exotic chocolates, doggie treats, antiques, and hand made belt buckles.  The craftsmen share the sidewalk with color seekers, banjo buskers, and hillbilly rastas.  All in all, a colorful place to hang.

Hector Diaz is from the Dominican Republic.  He came to the US as a young boy, and worked in restaurants from a very early age.  He worked his way up from the bottom, and became a chef.  All of his clients said, “You need to open your own place.”  So Hector made them an offer they could not refuse.  He asked for $100 from all his friends.  He started a restaurant, and every one who gave him money was reimbursed in food. Hector Diaz is not just a regular chef.  He’s a creative and innovative artist who has perfected a Pan Latin cuisine all his own.  Local, natural chicken and pork, natural Angus beef, and organic eggs, assures that all ingredients are top notch. He makes his own bacon, sausage, and chorizo by hand.  He cures and smokes the salmon.  He makes his own habanero pepper sauce.  I like dis guy. The ever changing menu is breakfast and lunch with Senor Diaz’s fresh, savory, style. Killer salsa, great hot sauce, and wood fired organic tortillas are three things rarely available in restaurants, but all three in one place?  I’m ready to order.


August 4, 2010

WOW! What a tour.  Here I am in Ottawa, jamming with the Voices of the Wetlands. From the left to right, Cyril Neville, Sauce Boss, Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone, Marsha Ball, and Anders Osborne. Lighting it up!  Thanks to all on this tour, Scott Sterling at the Dinosaur BBQ, Mark Monahan and everyone at the Ottawa Bluesfest, the great folks from the Cape Fear Blues Cruise, Daughter Mary who put us up at her country estate, the Washington DC Parrot Heads, for their generous benefit for Planet Gumbo, And the Big Owl Tiki Bar on the Maryland Shore for an unforgettable afternoon adventure.

Now its off to Miami, Key Largo, and the Midwest for another killer adventure. HERE’S THE SCHEDULE

Sirius Radio’s Bluesville channel has been playing “Marquis de Swamp” a whole lot.  Justin’s mom said she heard it four times one day.  Keep it rolling. Here’s the link to request yer fave Sauce Boss tunes.

13501 S.W. 136 STREET MIAMI, FL 305-233-7575
8399 S.W. 40 STREET MIAMI, FL 305-221-1511


A real find, a people’s restaurant, none of that Miami glitz. Just great fresh seafood, superior service, fabulous prices, and unpretentious friendly vibe.  This is what I’ve been looking for.  These folks are really proud of what they do, and there is an esprit that’s evident the moment you walk in the door.  It’s the Old World reverence for sustinance. The rice is light and fluffy, the whole grilled snapper is two pounds of marinated bliss.  Five kinds of Paella share the menu with varied preparations of seafood and home made pasta. A surprising $12 bottle of Napa Valley cab blew my mind.  Ten minutes after opening, it mellowed down into a smooth finish.  Breakfast  with dynamite café con leche included starts at $2.99, and it’s served all day long. Try that at Starbuck’s.

A Refreshing Liquid Summer Bloody Mary

1 cup V-8
1 teaspoon Horseradish
Dash of celery salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons lemon juice
A couple shots of vodka
Mix ingredients together and pour into a glass of ice.
Fresh stalk of celery and olives


April 12, 2010


What next for the Traveling GumboShow?  Toledo, Harrisburg, Leesburg, Charleston, Fayetteville, key west, Spartanburg, Knoxville, and Palatka.
Hear is the Concert Listing.


Spanish Torta Meets French Quiche Lorraine

The Torta is an egg and potato breakfast/lunch dish.  You find it in train stations and walkups all over Spain.  It’s a hearty, on the go, kind of fast food.  Quiche Lorraine is the French version.  I have combined the two with a potato crust making it gluten free.
4 strips of bacon
1 medium onion chopped
¼ pound cheese grated
2 raw potatoes
Left over baked or mashed potatoes
8 eggs
3 to 4 Tbs Liquid Summer Hot Sauce
Oven at 400 degrees
Cut the raw potatoes in very thin rounds
Grease a pie pan and line it with the potato thins
Put the potato crust in the hot oven for 10 minutes
Fry the bacon, and chop it up
Use a little bit of the grease to sauté the onion
Beat the eggs and Liquid Summer Hot Sauce
Pour half of the eggs over the potato crust
Put down a layer of the mashed potatoes
Add layers of onion, cheese, and bacon
Pour remainder of the eggs over the top.
Bake until the eggs are done.

1535 GULF TO BAY BLVD. CLEARWATER, FL  727-216-3055

Stuffed Cabbage and Potatoes - Ultimate Comfort Food

Piramida is pyramid in the Polish language.  The name in this instance is a vestige from when they first opened.  Originally, the owner, Marek Pietryniak, featured Polish and Middle Eastern food.  The décor is heavily influenced by ancient Egyptian art. Marek had eighteen months to wait for county and city permits to be approved, so he spent that time dabbling – carving hieroglyphics, a beautiful chestnut bar, salt and pepper shakers, lamps, napkin holders, single handedly customizing the restaurant, lending his personal touch to everything.  He commissioned a life-sized statue of a pharaoh bearing his own likeness.  After all this, he decided to pare down the menu, so all that’s left of the Mid East cuisine is the Greek salad.  However, The salad is scrumptious, and the Polish stuff is great.  I recommend a very garlicky chicken soup.  And of course the homemade Perogi are fabulous.  I tried the stuffed cabbage rolls – nice and light with rice, beef, and pork, stuffed in a cabbage leaf and covered with tomato sauce.  YUMM! Full bar includes Polish beer.  The Eastern European chefs have got it goin on for comfort food. Come on with the Goulash, y’all.

Seasoned Greetings from the Sauce Boss 2008

November 24, 2008


Pensacola, Jax/St. Augustine (Creeks Art & Music Festival), Cleveland, Buffalo, Sharon PA, Rochester, Syracuse, and New Years Eve @ Cowboy’s in Starke, Florida.

Down load your faves at itunes, CD Baby, Rhapsody, Amazon, Verizon, and a bunch of  other digital sites.  Y’all know you need “Let the Big Dog Eat” on your phone.  Or how bout that Sauce Boss hit, “Your Maytag Done Broke Down”?  Of course, the CDs are available at sauceboss.com.

In 2008 the non-profit foundation Planet Gumbo celebrated five years of bringing our traveling gumbo show to homeless and disaster shelters throughout the United States.  2008 was Planet Gumbo’s busiest year ever.  We performed at homeless shelters from Rhode Island to Oklahoma.  The economic downturn has caused a sharp rise in homelessness and hunger in our country, and we are doing what we can to help.  The dollars dropped into our donation pot at every gig have been amazing, but we need ongoing support from Planeteers like you to continue our efforts. Your gift now will help cover the costs of bringing our shows to homeless shelters. Please visit THE PLANET GUMBO website to see what we’ve been up to: a slide show, videos, and a podcast of a live shelter show. Make a contribution on-line with a credit card at PLANETGUMBO.ORG (or send a check to Planet Gumbo, 678 McDonnell Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32310)

251-229-3332    251-609-3750

This is not Appleby’s, TGIF, Perkins, or Denny’s.  Thank goodness!
Gerald and Nair Jones recently opened this quaint little café in Foley, Alabama.  Wife, Nair, paints the murals on the walls along with a gallery of canvases decorating the place. Proud husband, Gerald says, “ She sells a bunch of em!”  It’s a cool little family scene. Serving breakfast anytime and great lunch specials, this place is a good one to remember.  $6.99 gets you chicken and dumplings, green beans, corn bread and dessert on Monday. On Wednesday, you can get fried mullet, collard greens, and cheese grits.

We were there on Saturday and they had pot roast with the fixins, and pineapple upside down cake for dessert.  Just put a great big quonk of pot roast with carrots and gravy, just slop it down on a bed of homemade mashed potatoes , green beans, and garlic bread, Yummmm.  When I ordered breakfast, I asked for some jelly for my biscuit and Gerald breaks out a new jar of blackberry jam (their own brand). They’ll be cookin a traditional southern turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.  Count your blessings!

The menu includes the hogzilla rib-plate, delicious hamburgers and fried bologna sandwich, along with oysters, catfish, flounder, shrimp, chicken and strip steak.  Plenty of character, good homemade food, and gracious folks make this restaurant a very comfortable place to eat.  Next time yer in LA*, ya might wanna stop in.

*(Lower Alabama)


Datil Peppers

Datil Peppers

Yep, this is what they look like. One of the most beautiful, vibrant peppers in the world, they pack a good solid punch.  There’s not much time to order your Liquid Summer Hot Sauce for the relatives.  Get a case of datil or habanero Liquid Summer right here. You can even split a case – half and half datil and habanero.



It’s one of the many free recipes on our “RECIPES” Multimedia Enhanced CD. You can order one now at SAUCEBOSS.COM
Smoked Mullet Dip is great for parties (Thanksgiving is coming up) and if you don’t have smoked mullet, use smoked amberjack, tuna, or salmon.
2 cups flaked smoked mullet (be sure to get all the bones out)
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 medium onion, chopped finely
Juice from one lemon
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Mix ingredients together and form a ball. Sprinkle with paprika or chives and garnish with parsley. Chill and serve with crackers, or fresh carrots and celery sticks.

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