Growing up, my dad, Ed Otis, a World War II Army veteran, had a great barbecue sauce recipe he got from my grandmother, I believe in the late 1920’s, that he would never share. Whenever I asked for the recipe so I could make the sauce, he always told me I wasn’t old enough to handle the recipe and when I was 21 I could have it. He then would make the sauce for me. For years, it was a running joke between us, but he would never give the recipe to me. At 18, I joined the U.S. Air Force and when I had turned 21, in my birthday card, written on a 3 x 5 index card was the base recipe of what is now Otis’ Battle Tested® Craft Barbecue Sauce. (I still have that hand-written 3 x 5 recipe card)!
Since the day I received the recipe, I’ve been re-crafting it and giving the sauce out as gifts to friends and family who, for over 40 years, have encouraged me to bring it to market.
Well… we finally did, and the response has been overwhelming. Click on the link above to see our story.