Black History Month Must-Haves

Celebrate Black History Month by supporting these black-owned businesses and others right in your own backyard.

Capital City Mambo Sauce

A D.C. food staple,  this all-purpose sauce features a tangy sweetness with a dash of tomato juice. Kick it up a notch with the sweet heat to satisfy a daring palate. The subtle aftertaste causes the stomach to beg for more. Pair it with fried chicken wings and a side of Chinese fried rice. Thank us later.

Size: 12 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $7.75

Golden Krust Jamaican Style Spicy Beef Patties

Cook island fare at home in two minutes. This beef patty makes the house smell like a Jamaican restaurant. Its flaky crust hugs the flavorful meat and offers the right amount of heat. It bakes well in the oven too. Also available in chicken and vegetable to accommodate the entire family.

Size: 5 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $1-$3
Available: Dollar Tree, Sam’s Club and other fine retailers at

Regular Chef Jams Sweet Tomato Jam

Don’t let the name fool you. This jam packs succulent tomatoes bathing in sugar. It resembles salsa and tastes decadent. Eat it straight out the jar with tortilla chips. Double dipping recommended.

Size: 16 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $8.00


Spain’s Spices Gourmet Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Take the guesswork out of seasoning by using this lemon pepper. The zest and spice complement each other and give dishes the love they deserve. It contains other natural ingredients that don’t overpower its goodness. The sugar-free, low-sodium blend enhances baked cornish hens. Bon appétit!

Size: 2.5 oz. | 5.1 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $8.99

J&K Style Grill Kenyata Sauce

Discover happiness in a bottle. This wing sauce combines a special blend of J&K’s Caribbean Candy Seasoning and Golden Barbeque Sauce that get people hooked at first mouthful. The pepper flavor dances on the tongue while the hint of mustard gives it some zing, making you want to meet the friend its named after. Use it on chicken, ribs or collard greens stuffed wings. It will have folks asking, “Why are you smiling?”

Size: 10 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $6.00
Available: jandkstylegrillcom

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Rekaya, aka The Food Temptress, is a freelance journalist, author and co-host of the sports podcast “Black Girls Talk Sports.” She has written content for Amtrak, Writer’s Digest Books and various lifestyle magazines. She also has penned seven books in multiple genres. In her spare time, she enjoys developing recipes and exploring Virginia’s 200+ wineries.