I have always been inspired to cook and experiment with food. The majority of that inspiration was from my family. Both sides of my family were extremely talented at creating delicious masterpieces each time they were in the kitchen. Throughout my youth, I was always by their side absorbing everything that was going on. Through experimentation, I was able to define my sense of taste and smell, and incorporated my own ideas and styles of cooking into something great. It allowed me to express in many ways my talent and love for a better type of food. Sharing a meal together should not only be about eating good food, but bringing people together to enjoy each other’s company, tell stories and reminisce. Something that always resonated with me while cooking . . .
“Food is life & life is food”
- author unknown
Teaspoon Willie’s was originally just a project of Willie Ingram’s to create a great BBQ sauce. He admits this project may have been the only time he has ever written down his ingredients when cooking. After perfecting it, Willie began giving the sauce away to friends and family to see what they thought. Everyone who sampled the sauce thought it was fantastic, but found it to have a very distinct flavor which deviated from a traditional BBQ sauce or any other sauce for that matter. No one could quite place what the sauce tasted like, but regardless, they wanted more. He continued giving the sauce away to see what other people thought of it. Over time he amassed a list of foods and beverages people enjoyed with the sauce. As it turned out, the sauce was used in so many unique ways with so many different foods (and drinks) he thought to call it what it is: