We Are More Than a Spice Company…

Best Crab Seasoning

The best crab seasoning out there! Would love to see you do a wing sauce like you know who did.

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!

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Happy customizing a great gift,

🙂 Pamela

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 personalizedcrabmallets.com 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?

#Blessed

“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.

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

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

Specializing in custom blends – BBQ anyone?

Here at J.O. we specialize in custom blends. We love what we do and love to spice up the atmosphere. We are expanding into the BBQ market and so far we have made quite a few specialized BBQ blends. Each one is unique in their own taste and distinction and that is what makes BBQ so much fun to eat! Who knew that smoking a brisket or a turkey or chicken for hours could taste so good? Some just add a rub. Others do a spice after the first smoke. Others add spice to the BBQ sauce. Then there are those who do it all (we really like those kinds of guys. Ahem, I digress.)

Specialty Seasonings

When you add a rub to the meat, the best time to do it is in the prep. It’s like a workout for the meat tendons. They are getting ready to dance in the fire and get all tender and juicy. Have you tried the Beef/Poultry Rub on our website? It’s awesome. Works great on pork shoulder. What about the J.O. Garlic Pepper? I use that on my beef roasts and my chicken – that is the perfect rub to try when you are unsure of what a rub would do to your meat (mainly because you should already have J.O. Garlic Pepper in your spice collection and it’s the perfect blend of garlic and pepper that makes the meat just heavenly!)

For a spice blend, use the J.O. Rib ‘n Chicken or the Lumberjack – these are the two that have the smokier flavor that would be the most like an outdoor BBQ meal. These are great on chicken drumsticks, pork chops, ribs, shoulders, and butts. Personally, I use the Rotisserie when I roast a whole chicken after I have let it cook underneath the J.O. Garlic Pepper for about 1/2 an hour. I like to use the Rotisserie because I use the leftovers to make chicken salad for my lunches so while I’m cooking dinner, I also have lunch for the week – easy, time saving solutions!

If you want to add a spice blend to the BBQ sauce, there is the Cajun for spicy, there is J.O. Garlic Pepper for deliciousness, there is the Rib ‘n Chicken for added smoky flavor, and of course, you know there is J.O. Spice #1! We’ve been told by customers that J.O. is “the bomb.com!” It just makes your BBQ sauce that much saucier!

Mmmmm, aren’t you hungry for a great BBQ spice blend? Check out all our specialty seasonings! If you make a great BBQ spice (I’m happy to taste and let you know my honest opinion), why not partner with us as we specialize in custom blends?

Please note: We do not do refrigeration and we do not do liquid. We do not steal ideas as we sign confidentiality agreements.

WHAT WE DO Co-pack, blend and customize your spice. This is our specialty! We can make your label using artwork you provide, or our great imagination too! We get it done very well, if I may say so, (and I do!) to send some accolades to my team!

Where is your favorite BBQ place? Ask them if they partner with J.O.! I know a great BBQ caterer if you need one and I know who else we partner with in the area who are awesome, too!

Happy Spicy BBQ’ing,

🙂 Pamela

 

Engraved Oyster Knives

“R” you ready for the news? “R” you ready for Oysters? “R” you ready to shuck with your personalized, customized, or pre-printed Engraved Oyster Knife?

That’s the news! J.O. Spice’s expansion is in prog”R”ess!! We know that oysters “R” in season in all months that end in “R” so there are many months where you will need a personalized, customized, or pre-printed Engraved oyster knife.

Oysters      You can choose one of the pre-printed oyster knives on our website or if you have a creative, unique saying when you shuck, get your knife customized for just a little bit more. Put your initials, your name, your favorite kid’s name (just making sure you are paying attention).

Just like the Personalized Crab Mallets (www.personalizedcrabmallets.com)- if you dream it, we can engrave it on your engraved oyster knife.

We are excited about our new addition to the personalized products line. We have many more ideas and we can’t wait to share!

Thanks for being a part of the prog”R”ess. Get Shucked today! Don’t forget about the Oyster & Fish Breader that you will need or the J.O. Cracker meal or try the spicier version and use the Seasoned Southern Fish Fry in your famous fried Oysters recipes.

Let us know how you prepare your freshly shucked oysters!

Happy shuckin’,

:)Pamela

BIG Progress at the new J.O. Store!

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The J.O. Spice’s NEW STORE!!!! The paint is on the walls, the floor is almost in – it’s so very exciting.

We have so much to offer. The ideas that have been simmering for a few years are coming to a full blown “Seafood Boil!”

Not only are we working on producing new seasoning blends (BBQ anyone? How about Venison, Dips for chips, a Heart Healthy line?? Got a need or an idea – let us know!), but we are working on new products like ENGRAVED oyster knives, wedding favor possibilities, engraved wood signage AND then there are the new products like Cookie Cutters, Gift Wrap, Re-usable Tote Bags, and OBX mallets (just to name a few – check out the new online store!).

We are all about living up to our motto: MORE THAN SPICE. The changes that are happening are allowing for great growth and excellent expansion capabilities. Our small, family-owned business has been making life spicy for Watermen, Hunters, Outdoorsmen but with this expansion, we are able to look at the BIGGER picture and WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR WHAT MAY COME!

Thank you for being a BIG part and stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter, and jospice.com for all the info on our Grand Opening! As it’s November, the month to be Thankful, we extend a BIG, Thank You to ALL our great customers! What are you thankful for? Thanks for keeping life spicy…

:)Pamela

J.O. is expanding!

J.O. Spice is EXPANDING!!!! Our retail store is going to be twice the size very, very soon! What was once a teeny-tiny store filled with crab necessities is becoming a Wonderfully bright, Huge-Tastic store filled with all the spice you need for crabs, crock-pots, and everyday cooking to all sorts of crab décor, jewelry, apparel, and MORE!

The new store is living and breathing life into our motto: MORE THAN SPICE!

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Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter to stay in the know for the new store’s Grand Opening Event or just because you have discovered J.O. is the best way to spice up your life. Or as a customer recently said, “J.O. is the Bomb.com“!!!!! Love that! Thank you!

:)Pamela

Welcome!

 

This is Ginger and Pamela, welcoming you to the J.O. Spice blog, a place to go to think Outside the Box, Keep Life Spicy, and where Good Things Just Happen! We are so excited to share our crabby knowledge, our new product news, exciting new happenings related to J.O. Spice, pictures and all kinds of fun crabby info!! We will share recipes using some of our favorite J.O. Spices, and we will highlight a restaurant, a new item, a product we feel you should all be using, and keep you in the know of all things J.O.

What would you like to see? Let us know!

Anytime you see the J.O. truck out and about and you’d like to snap a pic, send it. We love knowing our trucks are out working for you!

See a J.O. shirt out and about? Snap a pic! Where’s that shirt been, where’s it going, where has J.O. traveled and how far is J.O.’s reach? You can reach us on Facebook, Twitter or here!

Anytime you make a great or heck, just make dinner, and you used J.O. Spice, let us know! We love seeing how the products are used and the variety of ways our products grace your dinner tables. This gives others the opportunity to see how they can add variety to their life cuz y’know, variety is the Spice of life!

Like us on Facebook – Follow us on Twitter – we randomly do “What’s for Dinner” and “Where’s the J.O. Truck?” and “Where’s the Shirt going?” contests that award you cool apparel and fun prizes. Who doesn’t love free stuff?

Stay in the know with J.O. and like Ginger always says, “Keep Life Spicy!”

 

:)Pamela