Food & Nutrition

19 POC-Owned Businesses That Sell Incredible Condiments, Spices, and Sauces

Product to try:

Lemongrass BBQ Starter 3-Pack

3. Loisa

Loisa is a Latinx-owned business, named for the Lower East Side barrio of downtown NYC, one of the hearts of local Latin cuisine. They offer organic sazon and adobo spice blends made with quality spices like oregano, cumin, coriander, achiote, and more. They also have ready-to-heat rice products that are ready in less than two minutes.

Product to try:

Organic Adobo, 2-Pack

4. Trade Street Jam Company

Ashley Rouse has been a chef for more than 15 years and founded this Brooklyn-based company in 2008. Her vegan jams are fruit-forward and can be used in craft cocktails, BBQ sauces, glazes, and more. Once you realize you’re hooked, you can become a jam member to get auto-shipments, discounts, recipes, and first access to new products.

Product to try:

Plum and Rose Jam

5. Shaquanda Will Feed You

Shaquanda is the drag persona of Andre Springer, who started this company as a way to incorporate food and flavor into his drag performances. Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper Sauce, inspired by Shaquanda’s Barbadian roots, launched in 2014. Aside from adding the mouthwatering hot sauce to your kitchen, your purchase helps to bring queer representation to the food industry.

Product to try:

Hot Pepper Sauce

6. Cutino Sauce Co.

Cutino Sauce was founded by Jacob Cutino, who started selling sauces in farmers markets and small shops. Its reputation spread, and the company has expanded to include new varieties and products, like their habanero, chipotle, and jalapeño sauces. You can buy the sauces individually or in bundles, or you can sign up for a subscription.

Product to try:

Miso Hot Sauce

7. Fly by Jing

Made in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, China, Fly by Jing was created by Jenny Gao to share with us the flavors she grew up eating. The Sichuan Chili Crisp sauce is aromatic, savory, and has spices, mushrooms, and fermented soybean. Fly by Jing also sells a spice mix, dumpling sauce, and more on the site.

Product to try:

Sichuan Chili Crisp

8. Jones Bar-B-Q

For sisters Deborah and Mary Jones, barbecue is a way of life. They carry on their family legacy by making their family’s secret BBQ sauce from scratch daily at their restaurant in Kansas City, which was featured in an episode of Queer Eye. Their sweet and tangy BBQ sauce works well as a marinade or dipping sauce, and there’s also a coconut pineapple variety available!

Product to try:

Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sauce

9. Brooklyn Delhi

Founded by chef and cookbook author Chitra Agrawal, Brooklyn Delhi makes sauces and condiments inspired by Indian culinary traditions, with ingredients Agrawal finds around Brooklyn. Enjoy the chutneys, hot sauces, curries, and ketchup. The achaar is super flexible—try it with rice, pizza, pasta, soups, and more.

Product to try:

Roasted Garlic Achaar

Spices:

10. Diaspora Co.

Diaspora Co. was founded in 2017 to create an equitable vision of the spice trade that pays farmers fair wages and highlights indigenous spice varieties made in India. Founded by Sana Javeri Kadri, Diaspora Co. works with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to provide ongoing support to farmers practicing regenerative and sustainable agriculture. They offer a range of spices including pepper, turmeric, cardamom, and more!

Product to try:

Sannam Chillies

11. Essie Spice 

Founded by Essie Bartels, Essie Spice offers spices and sauces inspired by Bartels’s West African roots and travels. She combines different flavors to make products like her Mekko Dry Rub, which offers a blend of Asian and West African spices.

Product to try:

Mekko Dry Rub

12. Spicewalla

Founder Meherwan Irani has four restaurants, one bar, and now a spice line. He personally manages the sourcing, selection, and grinding of spices, and the recipes draw upon generations of Indian cooking.

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