Made in Illinois: Uncle Joe's Sauces Made in Illinois: Uncle Joe's Sauces

Made in Illinois: Uncle Joe’s Sauces

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Uncle Joe's Sauces

Joe Wilkerson, known as Uncle Joe, drew upon his experiences and upbringing in the rural southern Illinois area known as The Diggins as inspiration for his line of tasty sauces.

Uncle Joe’s love of cooking dates back to an early age, and he developed an appreciation for experimenting with different flavors found in fresh produce grown in the large garden on his family farm.

He started making his signature sauce for a barbecue competition more than a decade ago. Since then, Uncle Joe’s has become a household name, and his all-purpose sauce, XXX Hot, took the Illinois Champion title in the 2016 National BBQ Sauce Competition.

The company, which Uncle Joe runs with his wife and nephew, has expanded to produce six signature sauces, including Tangy BBQ, XXX Hot and a pasta sauce – all low in sodium. You can find the award-winning sauces at the popular Uncle Joe’s Restaurant in Ina, known for its barbecue, burgers and sandwiches, and at retailers across the state, including IGA, Schnucks and Walmart.

To learn more about Uncle Joe’s and where to buy, visit


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