Growing up in Central
Texas, Tyson Charlson has
not been a stranger to the
spicy foods and the flavors of
Texas cooking. From a young
age, he learned to appreciate
the great tastes, recipes and
culinary skills of his family.
While in college at the University of North Texas,
Tyson’s love for spicy foods began when he didn’t have
any ranch dressing for his pizza. So, he decided to add
hot sauce and it was a big hit with his taste buds!
Ever since then, he’s been hooked on spicy foods
In 2003, Tyson decided to leave his Art Director
position at a Las Colinas, Texas ad agency to pursue
a life on the beach. His destination was Virginia Beach,
Virginia. Struggling to make ends meet, his roommate
offered him a job as a cook at a local restaurant. He was
thrilled to get the offer and have an opportunity to earn
much-needed funds. Little did he know that he was about
to be introduced to a dipping sauce that would change his life!
When Tyson experienced a jalapeno poppers’ dipping sauce
that was a mix of fruit jam and hot sauce served at the restaurant,
he became curious and puzzled by the mix of ingredients and
how they worked together to create such a tantalizing sweet and
spicy taste. This curiosity became the catalyst for what later would become oneof the most unique, flavorful jams you can find.