Papa Joe was my grandfather. He decided to make his own spice mixture from scratch in the mid 70's. After experimenting with several different kosher salts, peppers, and garlic out of his garage in Georgia, he finally came up with the perfect blend-his secret recipe! Of course, fittingly, he named this special mix Papa Joe's Salt. From that point forward, Papa Joe's was a staple in my family's kitchen all my life!
Papa Joe had always given milk jugs full of his Papa Joe's Salt to our family and closest friends. We did not use table salt or ground pepper. Papa Joe's Salt was all we used every time we ate! Upon giving some of my closest friends some Papa Joe's Salt as a Christmas gift in 2007, they raved about the taste and wanted more! I realized then, more than ever, that our family could never run out of Papa Joe's Salt. Papa Joe was more than happy to share his recipe with me, knowing I wouldn't change a thing. I wanted to continue giving the gift of Papa Joe's Salt to friends and family who love it as much as we always have. It was time to share it with the world and continue my Papa Joe's legacy. And now thankfully, all of YOU can have Papa Joe's Salt too!
Papa Joe's Salt LLC was established in 2008. My Papa Joe was able to witness only the very beginnings of Papa Joe's Salt, LLC. In that short time, I was able to get his approval of our bottle choice, the label, and my mix from his recipe... which was really important to him and me! I incorporated Cracked Black Peppercorns and Sea Salts into his recipe, helping to enhance the flavors of food with the variety of salt crystals and pepper sizes. Needless to say, he was proud, and I am comforted in knowing that he's smiling down at me every day!
In December of 2012, after four years of mixing the recipe and bottling Papa Joe's Salt myself, Signature Seasonings, LLC discovered Papa Joe's Salt in an olive oil/seasoning store we were retailing to in Virginia Beach. Now, Papa Joe's Salt is sold in more than 83 locations in 9 different states and online nationwide. Our goal is to continue expanding into more specialty stores, farm markets, and grocery stores.
Papa Joe's Salt donates baskets, gift packs, and samples to several charities and events each year.
Once you try Papa Joe's Salt, you're going to wonder what you ever did without it! Use it as an addition to your meals, as a marinade, a rub, in salads, as a dressing, or as a dip for veggies. It may be "cliché" to say but, "The possibilities are truly endless!" Everything goes with Papa Joe's!
So from my Papa Joe and our family's home to yours, ENJOY Y'All! ~ Michelle Pringle