by Sheila S.
Tracy Carter was known among family and friends for his salsa. He frequently made it for them and was told that it was so good he needed to bottle and sell it commercially. So that’s just what he did. Along with his wife Kristi, he opened Jac’s Tailgaters.
Their company now sells over 25 products with more set to be released, and they have garnered 40 national awards. Their products range from seasonings and salsas to BBQ sauces.
“We also have a huge love for BBQ. I must admit…I make a mean Boston Butt,” Tracy said. “Our love for BBQ drives a lot of the products that we come up with. We love to cook…and we love to eat!”
When asked to pick a favorite product, it’s hard for both Tracy and Kristi to decide. Kristi’s favorite is the Mango Habanero Salsa, which is off the shelf now but will more than likely return in the near future. Tracy is partial to his Raspberry Chipotle Finishing Sauce.
“It is such a versatile and delicious sauce. From cream cheese to pork to ice cream, it is simply a crowd pleaser,” Tracy said.
For holidays, the Carters love to make dips. They have developed many under the Jac’s brand. They suggest to not only use the dips as suggested on the package with sour cream and mayo, but to also use them in hot dips, marinades and dry rubs.
“We are always coming up with different side dishes with our seasonings” he said.
Here are two of Tracy’s side dish suggestions for the holidays:
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 medium onion, julienned
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into eight equal parts
2 tsp JAC’s Tailgaters Fling On Seasoning
3 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs real maple syrup
Saute onion in a small amount of olive oil until tender, about five minutes. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Combine onion and squash and pour into baking dish. Distribute butter in different areas on top of the squash. Sprinkle with brown sugar and Fling On. Drizzle maple syrup over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minute to an hour or until squash is tender. Stir occasionally.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 unprepared package of JAC’s Tailgaters Spinach Dip
½ cup of mayo
½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup shredded Italian five cheese blend
1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped.
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together until well incorporated Spread mixture in a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
You can find the products mentioned in these recipes and other great Jac’s Tailgater products on their website, www.jacstailgaters.com. They have some great packages and gift options, if you’d like to share a little Louisiana spice with friends or family.