Old Arthur lived to be 108 years old, but his family keeps his recipes alive.
—Eudell Watts IV
CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, Jan 7, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ –
The best family recipes are infused with a family’s legacy. And you’d be hard pressed to find a richer story than Old Arthur’s BBQ sauces and seasonings.
Traditional recipes, passed down through five generations of the Watts family, are commercially available. For two years in a row, Barbeque News has ranked Old Arthur’s barbecue sauce among the top 10 barbecue sauces available on the market. Additionally, Food & Wine magazine rated Old Arthur “One of America’s Best Barbecue Sauces.”
Arthur Watts (nicknamed “Old Arthur” because he lived to be 108 years old) was born into slavery on a Missouri farm in 1837. As a child, his daily task was to cook open-air barbecue on the great “production farm” that enslaved him. . There, he began making sauces and condiments to complement his barbecue, recipes that would serve him long after his Emancipation in 1863. As a free man, he went on to earn his living as a highly respected grill master, serving massive barbecues for city festivals. , county fairs and large-scale social functions throughout central Illinois.
Although Arthur never learned to read or write, his eldest son, Eudell, the first of five generations to bear the name, wrote down the recipes and the descendants continued to prepare them on special occasions. When friends kept requesting the sauce (one went so far as to make it their annual holiday gift to customers), the family decided it was time to start the business.
“We made minimal changes to the original recipes,” says Eudell Watts IV, who runs the business with his father, Eudell Watts III. “We were careful to stay true to the original flavors.”
While Old Arthur’s has gained recognition in central Illinois and Chicago, Watts IV, who teaches grilling classes, has begun to share his family’s legacy with the rest of the world. Old Arthur sauces and dressings are available at www.OldArthurs.com, in Mariano supermarkets and on Amazon.
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