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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J.O.’s Fried Chicken

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J.O.’s Fried Chicken is a simple, delicious recipe! All you need to do is marinate/season, dip, fry and enjoy! I used to think fried chicken was only something to buy in a restaurant because frying foods scared me! Nowadays though, it’s hard to find good, delicious fried chicken on the menu -maybe because it takes about 45 minutes? Besides, comfort food is best served at home!

You need about a pound or two of chicken (what’s your favorite? The beauty of a grocery store or meat market is that you can buy the pieces you love: leg, thighs, breast or wings!) and start with either a dry rub, just basic salt and pepper or a J.O. Specialty Seasoning – I would suggest the J.O. Rotisserie. Do that step the night before, in the morning or at least 20 minutes beforehand so the flavors have time to soak into the chicken, obviously the longer you let the meat soak in the flavor, the more delicious your dinner will be!

J.O.’s Fried Chicken is best breaded with the J.O. Seasoned Southern Style Fish Fry (it’s not just for fish!) or the “absolute best” batter in the world: J.O. Golden Batter. I’m quoting customers who walk into the store and exclaim that it’s the best and so happy it’s available in a 5LB box!

Some people use milk, or buttermilk for the “wash” part of the batter steps but that will produce a soggier batter due to the milk solids browning too fast.

Some will use an egg wash and mix in some J.O. Garlic Pepper, Eagle Wingz hot sauce made with J.O. #1 (yes, of course, we sell the best hot sauce around!) or just use the egg!

Heat up your oil in a deep pot, to about 350 degrees. Don’t fill to the brim with oil, only about half, depending on how much chicken you are frying. Very Important Tip: Make sure your chicken is at room temp before frying. Once the oil gets to the right temp, if you put cold chicken in, it will drastically lower the frying temp, and your results will not be great J.O. Fried Chicken!

  • Dark meat (thigh and leg) takes about 13-15 minutes, and white meat (breast and wing) takes about 8-10 minutes

To recap:

  1. Marinate/Season overnight or at least 20 minutes prior in seasoning or salt/pepper/hot sauce
  2. Prepare egg wash and batter
  3. Dip your chicken in batter
  4. Place room-temp chicken in preheated oil and fry until chicken is 165 degrees

Comfort food at its finest!!


🙂 Pamela

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Experienced J.O. Spice?

This is a fun read! How many of these wonderful crab restaurants have you had the pleasure of dining in? What’s a favorite? How many times have you experienced J.O. Spice? Help us spread the word – the secret is out!

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These shirts available in our retail store. Comment on the blog and be entered to win one.

Be a part of the secret and win in flavor, taste and style!


🙂 Pamela

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Summer means BBQ

Summer means BBQ and a great sauce is what makes the chicken, ribs, and pork a delectable hit! Knowing when to put on the sauce is also key to a great BBQ meal ~ the sugar content in most sauces will just burn on the grill instead of caramelize if you put it on the high heat or hot coals. Instead, start off with a spice rub. It can be as simple as salt and pepper. Better yet, try one of J.O.’s specialty seasonings as all of them can be used as a rub —

Specialty Seasonings   – my personal favorite is the Caribbean Jerk as I love the flavor, Kathleen prefers the Rib ‘n Chicken while Jenn loves the Rotisserie. The spices are blended just like any rub – so don’t be swayed by the fact that they aren’t named “Rubs”. They are perfect for spicing up your chicken salad to rubbing on your meat as you get ready to BBQ, roast or bake in the oven.

Once the meat is cooked to your liking, either on the grill, in slow-cooker or oven, than put on your sauce and cook an additional 25 minutes or until sauce has mixed nicely with the meat. When I say it’s cooked to your liking, cooked until the minimum to be done but if you’re like me and your ribs should fall off the bone or your meat should be so tender it melts in your mouth -you cook the meat until it reaches an internal temp of 170 and then you let it cook at a lower temperature so that the meat gets tender and the sauce gets really hot, thick, and delicious. The best part of a summer BBQ is that you can do it more than once and learn your tricks because who wants to cook inside?

Tell us your favorite spice, seasoning or rub!

Happy BBQ spicing,

🙂 Pamela

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