- Derek Jellsey, TATS Co-Owner
TATS Sauces & Marinades humble beginning started in the kitchen of spicy enthusiasts Derek and Shauna Jellsey’s Wildomar, CA home. Shauna, with her experience as a chef for over ten years, would frequently treat her friends and family at backyard barbecues, by whipping up her homemade Original Barbecue Sauces to slather on their favorite meats. Derek, with a passion for all things spicy and a craving for more heat, mastered the art of mouthwatering hot sauces and found the perfect balance of ingredients that make-up his collection of Original Pepper Sauces.
In March 2010, an economic downturn provided hardships for the Jellsey family and they decided to take their sauces to local farmer’s markets and special events with hopes of making a few extra dollars and sharing their love of good flavor and spice with the community. What started as a weekend endeavor to get through tough times, turned into a promising business venture when the sauces gained status as a local favorite and residents began demanding more. TATS quickly expanded to many of the Farmer’s Markets in the surrounding area and the Jellsey’s vision for their recipes expanded with each satisfied customer, including their Original Ghost Sauces.
Longtime friend and graphic designer, Dustin Van Duzee, joined the TATS team quickly, in order to help lighten the load for the Jellsey’s and take their dreams to the next level. With a degree in design and an understanding of how to turn a vision into a reality, Dustin helped the Jellsey’s create a unique brand for TATS, which appeals to a new generation of individuals looking to add flavor and heat to their kitchen and their grill.
In August 2012, TATS opened 2 Southern California retail stores (Let It Burn Hot Shop) filled with their own line of products as well as other spicy products from around the world including sauces, seasoning and rubs, jerkys, condiments, snacks, candies, dried peppers and seeds, and more. In the same month, TATS also released a line of Original All-Purpose Pepper Seasonings and Original Barbecue Rubs to provide consumers with a collection of dried pepper blends and grilling rubs to add flavor and heat to their foods.
With over 2 years of selling flavorful and heat-induced products under their belt; TATS is currently in over 20 stores, restaurants and farmers markets throughout Southern California and has a strong following that continues to grow at an amazing rate. TATS feels like the sky is the limit and is on a mission to continue to grow and share their high quality products with anyone wanting to embrace a collection of sauces and seasonings that aren’t loaded with artificial preservatives but offer a rich taste and lots of heat!
TATS Sauces & Marinades is very fortunate to have so many satisfied and loyal customers. We are constantly receiving praise for our sauces and would like to share some with you:
"I came across Tats Original while in Downtown Riverside for the Artswalk and caught them during their grand opening of Let It Burn Hot Shop. I couldn't resist walking in when I saw the massive amount of hot sauces displayed across the wall. Not only are the sauces delicious, but the customer service is amazing. It has been less than a week and I'm already being sent back for more. I will definitely be a dedicated customer."
"Each Tats salsa and bbq sauce is a dynamo of flavors captured in a little jar. Just by tasting the complex layers of flavor in each recipe you can tell the love and care that goes into each and every one. Tats has the best products of their kind and they find a way into almost every recipe I make."
"My husband loves salsa and he's very picky about it. As soon as the jar is opened it's gone - that's how much he LOVES IT! I'm not much of a salsa person and I'm hooked as well.The BBQ sauces are great too. We used to go out on Tuesday nights with family for pizza and now we BBQ instead because of the sauces! Thanks Derek and Shauna for creating such a wonderful product!"
Karin & Rocky Williams
"I love TATS salsa! TATS started locally in Wildomar, Ca. My favorite is the Fully Loaded Medium Original Red Pepper Sauce."
Bridgette Moore, Mayor
"We can't wait to get more of the "Snake Bite" sauce. We tried this sauce on BBQ pork ribs and they came out awesome. It was very flavorful and has just enough heat. You can use this sauce on any type of meat. The "Ghost Town" is also great in the slowcooker with pork for chile verde. We will definitely get some more the next time we are at the Corona Farmers Market."
Mike and Rona
"After finding TATS Sauces at the Hemet Farmers Market, I was hooked. Their products are wonderful! They've hit a home run with their sauces. If you enjoy sauces with just the right amount of heat and flavor, give them a try. You won't be disappointed."
"I don't write testimonals, but the customer service at Tats is the best I've gotten from anywhere in a very long time. My husband discovered Tats Ghost Town serrano pepper sauce at the Dallas Zest Fest, an annual family tradition, and bought 1 jar. It lasted about 2 days, so we ordered 8 jars on line. That's where Derek made us customers for life. 2 jars were broken during shipping. He was apologetic, friendly and very professional and shipped 2 replacement jars with "extra" packing and a personal note. The fact that this is the best salsa verde I've ever eaten made me order it. The fact that Derek was so wonderful when there was a problem will keep me ordering it. By the way, of the 8 jars we ordered we are already down to 3, so the next order will be happening soon."
Bobby and Kris
"TATS Sauces and Marinades are so good! It makes you wanna smack yo' mamma! I put it on all my meat! And to know it's all fresh and 100% natural...makes it all unbelievable! Thank you guys so much for this miraculous revelation!!! "
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