Uncle Dougie started making 100% natural, gluten free, chemical-free, nothing artificial, good-and-good-for-you stuff before it was cool. He wanted delicious, wholesome stuff that he would feel good about serving to his family and friends. And that meant no high-fructose syrup or other “cheap corporate shortcuts” as Dougie calls ‘em. And that’s how Uncle Dougie’s no-crap mission was born.
Uncle Dougie’s was founded in 1989 by Doug Tomek in a 100 year-old farmhouse in rural Palatine, Illinois. It was there that Doug created his now legendary Wicked Good No-Fry Wing Marinade.
Doug and his family had recently traveled to Buffalo, NY, the home of “Buffalo” chicken wings. A skilled chef and avid foodie, Doug came home and started making his own wings. He found that the frying was messy and added a ton of unwanted fat, and felt the original recipe for Buffalo sauce (which was butter-based-adding even more fat) using Tabasco sauce was a bit one dimensional.
He was now on a mission to make great tasting wings that were both better tasting–and better for you. With a fridge full of beer and dozens of tailgating friends and family to experiment on (and yes, plenty of nieces and nephews!), Uncle Dougie’s Wicked Good No-Fry Wing Marinade was born.
From that start in 1989, Doug has gone on to create 100% natural BBQ Sauces that won major awards at the American Royal World Series of BBQ in Kansas City, as well as a line of critically acclaimed hot sauces, rubs and Bloody Mary Mixes.