The Koss Sauce Story: Meat Flavoring Hand Crafted With Love

The Koss Sauce Story - More Than A BBQ Sauce

For John and Diana Koss, their meat flavoring sauce actually began as a joke.  You see, John and Diana love to cook and grill great tasting food.  For many years, they "catered" countless functions for family and friends, such as weddings and anniversaries.

Diana said they we were often asked for their business card and they would simply reply, "we just do this for fun."

John always made his own flavored cooking sauce when smoking meats.  One day, while making a batch of his now infamous meat flavoring sauce, John simply wrote "Koss Sauce" on the container.

It was an instant hit with family and friends!

   About one year ago, John and Diana began discussing taking their love for cooking from a weekend hobby to a full time occupation.  Like many other entrepreneurs,  John and Diana both had 9-5 jobs, and they were not happy.

John and Diana wanted to enjoy each day, work from our home, and earn an income doing what they love.  They simply wanted to spend more time with their family, while at the same time creating a business legacy that they could pass down to their children.

In essence, John and Diana are chasing the american dream that unfortunately remains a dream for most.

Without wasting another day, John and Diana started making their dream a reality.  First, they applied for a LLC.  Next, they went to their local county office to begin the business zoning permit process.  This eventually lead to a kitchen inspection on August 29th, 2017.

During this process, countless phone calls with questions to local officials were made.  Along with the phone calls and questions came sleepless nights with John and Diana wondering if they were making the right decision.

Diana attributes taking this jump into the entrepreneurial world with their deep faith in God, and many prayers.  With each prayer John and Diana made, a door was opened.  Answered prayers guided them, and let John and Diana know this was the correct path along their business journey.

While paperwork was being filed over the course of several months, John and Diana handed out several samples of their meat sauce to coworkers and neighbors.

Things were looking great; they were getting rave reviews!

Diana said they actually started with a different meat sauce.  The meat sauce they are currently producing is a second generation meat sauce, and people have just fell in love with it.

The current Koss Sauce blend is a versatile meat flavoring sauce.  Not only does the sauce compliment meat, it raises the meat to another level.

John and Diana have used their sauce as a key ingredient in meatloaf and shish kabobs.  They use it as a spread on paninis, and mac and cheese.

Koss Sauce makes a delicious addition to various dipping sauces.  One of Diana's friends actually used it with curly fries, and another friend dipped their chips in it.

Diana is using it today as part of a gravy for a pot roast she will be making for dinner.

With its unique combination of peppers and flavor-filled additives, it's clear that Koss Sauce is a "must-have" for your meat grilling and cooking adventures!  Simply put, Koss Sauce will blend beautifully with the flavor of your favorite meats such as grilled chicken, smoked meats, pork, steak and so much more.

John and Diana live in rural Louisa, Virginia.  They own nine acres and enjoy gardening, hunting, grilling, and most of all, spending time with their family.

They have 4 children, 5 grandchildren (number 6 is on the way), and many family and friends who have been an ever present support group to John and Diana.
Diana finds it hard to believe that on October 16th, 2017, they will begin to sell their sauce nationally via their website Koss Sauce and through various retail outlets.

Not only can you learn more about Koss Sauce on their website, you can also find a great selection of unique recipe ideas using Koss Sauce such as: Tex Mex Lasagna, Grilled BBQ Bacon Pizza, and 6 Hour Slow Smoked Pork Ribs.

In closing, John and Diana would love to connect with you.  They can be reached through the following social media outlets:

Koss Sauce on Facebook

Koss Sauce on Twitter

Koss Sauce on Pintrest

Koss Sauce on Instagram

Koss Sauce on YouTube

Recipe Journey would love to share your own food or travel related story.  Please contact Jon at: recipejourney @ to get in touch and start a conversation today.

Use Grapes For Simply Sweet Food Cooking Inspiration [Video]

Use Grapes For Simply Sweet Food Cooking Inspiration

(Family Features) With fresh California grapes as a main ingredient, the possibilities are endless for trying new food cooking recipes in your kitchen. From breakfast parfaits to tasty appetizers, flavorful flatbreads and more, grapes can be an easy way to incorporate flavor, color and freshness into your family's meal planning ideas.

If you’re looking for a simple sweet treat, heart-healthy grapes can also make for a great standalone snack in three colors – green, red or black. Find refreshing grape recipes and more food cooking tips at

Watch the quick video for easy grape meal planning ideas:

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A Sweet Food Solution for Busy School Days

A Sweet Food Solution for Busy School Days

(Family Features) The busy pace of back-to-school schedules can make it feel like nearly every aspect of life has you under a time crunch. Fortunately, when it comes to feeding the family, there are some simple foods you likely already have on hand that can provide easy solutions for snacks and mealtime alike.

A go-to fruit like California grapes is a fresh staple you can depend on because they are always ripe and ready to eat when you buy them. While grapes are indeed ideal for snacking because they hold, store and travel well, this healthy and delicious fruit is also a simple addition to meals throughout the day. Grapes require minimal preparation, so they’re equally easy as a side dish or as a fun way to deliver the fresh produce factor in a wide range of family-friendly recipes, such as these Grape and Ricotta Pita Pizzas.

Tips like these show how you can easily incorporate grapes into every meal:

Breakfast: A cup of creamy yogurt and crunchy granola takes on a sweet note when topped with a handful of grapes. Slice or quarter grapes then mix well for a medley of textures and flavors in every bite.

Morning snack: Pair grapes with cheese and crackers for a sweet and savory snack to keep your energy strong and your hunger in check until lunchtime.

Lunch: A handful of grapes can balance out a sandwich and add some sweet indulgence to the midday meal.

After school: Grapes offer hydration and quick energy so they’re the perfect way to fuel up for after school sports or to lend some extra brain power for study time.

Dinnertime rush: Use grapes for an easy side dish that goes with anything. A quick meal like grilled cheese and grapes brings out the kid in everyone.

Evening snack: Toward the end of the day, cravings can creep up but keeping a bowl of fresh grapes on hand for after dinner snacking helps avoid alternative salty, highly processed choices.
Find more great ideas for enjoying grapes throughout the day at

Grape and Ricotta Pita Pizzas

Servings: 4
  • 2          whole-wheat pita pocket breads (about 6 inches in diameter)
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2       cup part-skim ricotta cheese, divided
  • 1          cup seedless red or black California grapes, thinly sliced or halved
  • 2          teaspoons honey
  • 1          teaspoon lemon juice
  • 6          large or 12 small fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons
  1. Heat oven to 450° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Slice pita pockets in half so each forms two rounds, creating four rounds total. Place pita rounds on baking sheets cut-side up and brush top of each with oil.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese on each pita, leaving about 1/2-inch border around edges then arrange sliced grapes in single layer on top of cheese. Bake until edges are crisped and cheese is warmed, 5-7 minutes.
  4. In small bowl, stir together honey and lemon juice until honey is dissolved.
  5. When pizzas are done, drizzle each with about 1/2 teaspoon honey-lemon mixture. Sprinkle basil on top of pizzas. Serve immediately.
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Reach New Heights Today with a Reinvented Burger - The Six Mile High Burger

Reach New Heights with a Reinvented Burger

(Family Features) Text your friends, dust off your apron and fire up the grill. It’s time to throw a barbecue party that won’t sink your summer budget.
You can find everything you’ll need at a one-stop shop like ALDI. With savings up to 50 percent over traditional grocers, you can fill your cart with summer essentials like fresh seasonal produce, premium meats and award-winning wines.

Once shopping is out of the way, you’ll have plenty of time and money to experiment with new recipes. These quick and affordable tips can up your grill game and impress guests:

Boost your burgers. Take burgers to the next level this summer with your favorite ground meats such as turkey, chicken and beef. Then layer on the toppings like avocado, kale, gourmet cheeses and more.

Change up your take on cheesy. Top your burger with a blue cheese mousse by simply blending blue cheese crumbles and cream cheese then season it with your favorite spices.

Spice up your condiments. Combine mayonnaise with fresh orange juice and fresh orange zest to make a citrus aioli or whip up a special sauce by mixing peanut butter with oil and hot water. Sprinkle with bacon for some extra flavor. Toppings such as a pickled red onion can also add a bit of crunch and zest.

Bite better buns. Forgo traditional burger buns and bookend your masterpiece with brioche buns or pretzel rolls.

Find more great grilling tips and recipes for dishes to enjoy all summer at

Six-Mile High Burger

Recipe courtesy of ALDI Test Kitchen
  • 1          tablespoon Carlini Vegetable Oil
  • 10        Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 8          pieces Specially Selected Center Cut Bacon
  • 8          Season's Choice Whole Onion Rings
  • 4          All Natural 80 percent Lean Ground Beef Patties
  • 8          slices Happy Farms Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1          cup Burman's Mayonnaise
  • 1/4       cup Burman's Hot Sauce
  • 1/2       cup Burman's Mustard
  • 1/4       teaspoon Stonemill Iodized Salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon Stonemill Ground Black Pepper
  • 4          L'oven Fresh Hamburger Buns
  • 1          tomato, sliced
  • 2          romaine lettuce leaves, cut in half width-wise
  1. Heat grill to medium-high.
  2. In saute pan, heat vegetable oil and saute mushrooms 2-3 minutes. Set aside. Fry bacon to desired doneness, about 5 minutes on each side. Set aside. Bake onion rings according to packaging instructions. Set aside.
  3. Grill burgers 5-7 minutes on each side until they reach desired doneness. Place two slices cheese on each burger and continue to grill until melted. Remove from heat.
  4. Mix together mayonnaise, hot sauce, mustard, salt and pepper, and spread on both sides of buns, to taste.
  5. To assemble burger: layer bottom bun with patty with cheese, tomato, lettuce, mushrooms, two onion rings, two pieces of bacon and top half of bun.