The age-old question

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There’s a poll going around – There’s no right or wrong answer, it all depends on your taste buds! It’s the age-old question if you live in Maryland, especially along the water, according to the author. BUT, here at J.O., we’re SO appreciative and grateful for the word-of-mouth advertising! The fact that you know there are 2 different companies is awesome! The fact that you converse about which spice is “better,” or “tastier,” or “all I’ll ever use!” is awesome. The fact that you, the consumer, know J.O. by name, as much as you know Old Bay, is awesome!

Every day, we strive to spice up your crabs, shrimp, seafood in the bestest way possible – and if you recognize that by taking a poll, liking us on Facebook and telling us in the comments “to keep up the good work,” that is all the thanks we need!

Rivalries are what makes everyone better, keeps everyone on their toes -Pepsi or Coke, Coors or Bud, Lays or UTZ, J.O. or Old Bay – yeah, we can agree to disagree in such good company!

Thanks for spreading the good word of spice but more importantly, thanks for sharing the good times, laughter and fun that J.O. brings to your table. We love being a part of great memories.

Here’s the great article to read for yourself,

🙂 Pamela

The Age-Old Question: Old Bay or J.O.?

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Season first then fire up the grill!

April means “to open” so it’s only fitting that while the trees are blooming, the tulips are smiling and the cherry blossoms are springing alive, steaks, burgers, chicken, fish and vegetables are waiting to be seasoned! The best rule of the grill? Season first then fire up the grill, giving the meat ample time to soak in the flavor of your seasoning choice. J.O.’s Venison Steak Seasoning is not just for steak! And don’t be afraid of the “venison” part as it was initially developed as part of the Wild Game Line but has since evolved into one of the most popular ways to season steaks, burgers, and potatoes on the grill!

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J.O.’s Rib and Chicken is great when you are making skewers, kabobs, etc!, -sprinkling a little on the onions, peppers, pineapple just adds a magical touch to your meal. For the perfect marinade, first sprinkle liberally all over the meat of choice, let sit for about 15 minutes, then add an oil-based marinade. A customer review says to use the “Gazebo” brand dressing (the Greek is my favorite) and that she’s used it on ribs with the J.O. Rib and Chicken. Season first, then fire up the grill. Cooking Tip: when you are cooking ribs, it’s best to go slow, as they become tender and delish, not burnt to a crispy crisp!

Want an excellent side accompaniment to seasoned-just-right-protein? Vegetables grilled to perfection! Asparagus, zucchini cut in halves, red or sweet onions and of course potatoes are Soooooo good on the grill. Most veggies are best grilled with a liquid marinade and on a hot, hot, hot fire, only need a few, like 1-2 minutes to get just right (unless you like them char-grilled, up to you!) but potatoes usually do take longer – just prick with a fork to test for doneness. The best, easiest seasoning? J.O. Garlic Pepper, and a sprinkle of lime or lemon juice to enhance the garlic….Yum!Yum!Yum!

What are you cooking on the grill tonight?

I’m hungry, how about you?

🙂 Pamela

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J.O. has the best gifts!


The best gifts come wrapped especially for you, given with a smile, a thoughtful laugh and a kind heart. Those gifts are the cutting boards you design with the help of the J.O. Spice team AND we engrave picture frames, leather portfolios, flasks, checkbook covers, keychains, koozies that float and cups that are better than the popular brand! A custom, personalized gift warms the heart – we started getting more and more feedback from customers who specifically came into the store to make something for their special someone!

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Gifts can be something extraordinary when you take just a moment to think what that person loves – then you put it on a glass!  The graphic designers can do most anything from your imagination – there are, of course, some exceptions, but not too many! – and once they have your ideas, they put it to life on your gift of choice.

Custom Engraved Gifts Oct 2016

Check out J.O.’s Facebook, Pinterest or website for all kinds of ideas or stop into the retail store and have a chat with one of the friendly staff members who will help you create the best gift!

Check out the video from Traffic Jam Jimmy’s Facebook page as he gave the best gift to Governor Hogan!

Happy gifting the best gift ever,

🙂 Pamela


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No longer a secret!

J.O. is no longer a secret. From the custom gifts to the crab spice, people from all over are learning about J.O. Spice and Company. We are more than spice! We are the spice that is most often on your crabs as you eat them at your favorite crab establishment. We are at your outdoor wedding as the best favor around – a custom crab mallet! -as we’ve won the best of the knot since 2013. We are your favorite gift shop because we engrave right on the spot* if you are in dire need of a gift RIGHT NOW! We are your One Stop Shop for gifts, spice, gift baskets, impromptu ideas that are guaranteed to blow the mind of your gift recipient (just using the language we’ve been told repeatedly in the retail shop!) and J.O. is the fun store that “I didn’t know was here” because we’re nestled behind an industrial park!

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We are no longer a secret because we are at your wedding, your anniversary party, your crab feasts and at various grocery stores, farmers markets and gift shops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region! You’ll see our distributors placing the custom cutting boards, new travel mugs, mallets and keychain flasks on small kiosks. There will be spice, batters, breaders & more at various locations. The best part? If you don’t see it in your area – CALL US! We’ll help you find what you need close by because our motto is Get the customer what they want, when they want it and we pride ourselves on GREAT customer service. If you don’t receive GREAT customer service, please call, write a review, and we’ll do our best to make it GREAT!

Where have you seen J.O. now that it’s no longer a secret? Have you been sitting at your favorite restaurant sprinkling on the spice that says “Crabby Jack’s” or “Nick’s Seasoning” or “3Hogs Chub Rub” and thought how delicious it was, how cool it is that you can take home a bottle to recreate that fun time? You just witnessed the J.O. Secret right before your very eyes! Yes, we can do custom labeling for your spice. Give us a call: 410.247.5205 and we’ll talk!


Happy customizing a great gift,

🙂 Pamela

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Blue Crab Gifts Ideas Galore!

Last year we ran a campaign “The secret is out!” because word-of-mouth advertising was really hitting its stride! Our retail store, opened in 2104, was getting busier by the day, the personal customization of cutting boards, glasses, labels, mallets and more was at an all time high and J.O. was celebrating over 70 years as a family business!

For 2017, expect more of the same! The 3rd and 4th generations are running the successful business and there are blue crab gift ideas galore!

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Blue crab gift ideas available at your fingertips! Need a gift in a hurry? We can do it.

Think J.O. when you need a gift!

Happy shopping,

🙂 Pamela


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Just ask for it!

There’s a saying in The Great Gatsby movie, “If there’s anything that you want, just ask for it old sport.” Well, that’s how it is with a J.O. customized piece! Just ask for it! Maybe you’re having a wedding, you need a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for-special-person in your life, maybe there is that milestone event and you just want that extra special touch to your gift – think J.O. and just ask for it!*

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You can look at our ideas on or if your wedding theme is Sandollars & Seashells by the Seashore, no problem! How about a chef that you want to create a special cutting board, putting on their signature saying, dish or seasoning (because all chefs have a signature wow factor and shouldn’t they have a cutting board that honors their hard work & dedication to their craft?). Don’t forget about Aunt Sally who has a 50th birthday coming up and she is the love of your life! Or is there a co-worker whose love of guitars and rifles make them unique and wonderful? An artist or a hunter? And of course, we specialize in all things crab for the crab aficionado, the crab collector, the crab waterman and the crab lover.

Is there a hashtag that makes you laugh? A saying that motivates?


“Make today a day for the fancy toothpicks.”

Just ask for it. That’s the J.O. motto. We can customize, personalize and make it happen, in just about a week or less depending on the season!

What can we do for you today?

Happy gifting,

🙂 Pamela


*We only have a license to do Natty Boh – no other trademarked logos of any kind are able to be reproduced.

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Wedding customization!

Congratulations to all those brides-to-be and those planning a wedding! Did you know J.O. is your 1-stop shop for wedding customization? We can put your names, date and wedding theme on a mallet, spice packet, cutting board, picture frame or glass. Would you like your champagne glasses to be customized? We do that as well! Also, we have a great gift line that just represents Bride, Groom and the bridal party, too. We can customize for your wedding, your friend’s, or for that perfect gift! It’s all right here in the store and online!

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Do you love crabs, Maryland or all things sea life and that is your wedding theme? Great! So do we and we spread that love to our line of cutting boards, picture frames, glassware and more. We can do it all in our manufacturing plant as we have creative graphic designers that can take your idea and expand on it, then we can go straight to the machines and make the ideas come to life! We don’t need to send anything out to get made- we process it all ourselves which cuts down on costs! We’ve been known to help out a bride-to-be in her last minute crisis and get her a 200-count mallet and spice packet in less than 24 hours (that’s including the design process and shipping to a local Maryland address)!

Your wedding customization process is simple:

  1. Have an idea or most often, no idea, you just want a favor for your wedding!!
  2. Email or call us with names, date, possible theme/idea
  3. Have an email where we can send a proof
  4. Love the proof!
  5. Provide payment
  6. Get your items shipped or pick up in our retail store in Baltimore, MD!
  7. Pretty simple, straightforward and easy!

Browse the shop or online and see what we can do to make your wedding spectacular!

Make J.O. your 1-stop shop for wedding customization,

🙂 Pamela

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(How to Tie a Scarf Image Courtesy of Pinterest and the other two images are on the J.O. Spice online store under the Scarves! tab)

Scarves! It’s October and that means layers!

Scarves! are the perfect accompaniment to any outfit and we have -no pun intended- layers of scarves to choose from! If you like anchors, deep colors, and nautical themes, then go to our online store and check out all the available SCARVES! There are also a multitude of Maryland flag scarves to choose from – we’ve got them for all seasons!


The best thing to do is to come visit our retail store and try them on for yourself! We’re going to be open Saturday, October 29th from 9am-2pm if you want to check out the store and the tent sale! We have SCARVES! in so many styles, choices and fabrics, you’ll be stocking up! You’ll probably buy one for you, one for a friend and as the holidays are right around the corner, you might end up doing ALL your Christmas shopping at J.O. Spice: your One Stop Shop for all kinds of gifts!

J.O. can customize, personalize, and put the truly thoughtful in your unique gift. Have no ideas? Great, we’ve got enough and we’ll help you pick out a great personal gift that will be the BEST gift your friend, family, acquaintance has ever received (trust us, we’re not tooting our own horn, we’re just repeating what we’re frequently told!)!

Try our gifts and gift-abilities for yourself, your friend, your mom, your hard-to-buy-for-individual and then you be the judge!

🙂 Happy Shopping!

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J.O. Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

It’s pumpkin carving time! What to do with all the seeds, right? Roast them! J.O. Spiced Pumpkin Seeds are the best! There is just the right salt and crunch to satisfy!

J.O. Spiced Pumpkin Seeds – what better snack for Sunday’s Game day?

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J.O. Spiced Pumpkin Seeds are so easy – Wash or clean off the seeds, strings, pulp (remnants are fine but the object is the seeds, not chunks of pumpkin! Use that in stew!) Preheat oven to 350. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave 1T butter. (Variation: Use oil. Or flavored oil – garlic infused? What sounds awesome to you?) Toss the pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and 1 tsp. of J.O. #2 Seasoning. (If you like more, add more, it’s your snack! Unsure? Start with 1 tsp J.O. #2 Seasoning and if you want to experiment, add a sprinkle of J.O. Cinnamon or J.O. nutmeg along with your J.O.)

Using parchment paper or non-stick foil, spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

J.O. Spiced Pumpkin Seeds are great for snacking or topping on baked goods – tried on brownies? I might be doing that this year! Let me know if you do!

Happy Snacking,

🙂 Pamela

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#SmallBiz #Proud!

We are #SmallBiz #Proud! Look what we just saw in the October 2016 Coastal Living Magazine!


This small family business has come a long way and we thank each and every one of our loyal customers! We are #SmallBiz #Proud!

Thanks to you!


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