Hazel was born in 1897. When she was a child, her family made amazing sauces that were always a hit at the local fairs and annual pig roasts. When Hazel was a child, she helped her family make Chili Sauce and sold it to help make ends meet during the Great Depression.
Hazel’s family’s sauces were a labor of love. There was no microwave, no food processor, and no grocery store to pop in to pick up a missing ingredient. Everything in the sauce was homegrown in an organic vegetable garden and homemade on a wood stove.
The recipes have been passed on from generation to generation and my mom, Hazel’s daughter, made the sauces every once in awhile
for special occasions.
Hazel’s Chili Sauce is great as a base and a condiment. It’s fantastic on scrambled eggs, pulled pork, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, on tortilla chips, as a soup base, as a chili base, or mixed with barbeque sauce!
After my mother passed in 2011, we feared the recipes passed with her. Fortunately, some four years later when I was clearing out some boxes of my mother’s keepsakes, I found the chili sauce recipe–and some others!
I am proud to introduce you to our first sauce, Amazing Hazel’s Chili Sauce, made with the same labor of love as my family has for generations.