Marlowe’s Original, a family-owned local business, specializes in creating small-batch barbecue sauces and hot sauces. Scott and Yvonne Marlowe of Canton own and operate Marlowe’s Original. Scott, a former firefighter and electrician, is credited with having created the sauces. Yvonne supports Scott’s dream by managing the brand’s social media, handling advertising, and booking events. In addition to running the business side of Marlowe’s Original, she also works as a professional baker and decorator. The couple have a nine-year-old son, Alex.

Yvonne shares the inspiration behind Marlowe’s Original, “One weekend almost sixteen years ago, Scott was drinking a few beers and getting ready to watch a football game. It was a beautiful day, and he decided he wanted to barbecue something, but we didn’t have any barbecue sauce.” Necessity proved to be the mother of invention. After watching a series of YouTube videos, Scott got to work in the kitchen and developed his own recipe, which is now Marlowe’s Original Whiskey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce.

When Scott served the sauce at large family events, Yvonne says, “Everyone always loved the sauce.” Family members encouraged Scott to bottle his creation and sell it, but he wasn’t ready to make the leap to entrepreneurship while also working full-time. The situation changed, however, in late 2020, when the pandemic placed Scott at home with Alex while Yvonne worked full-time. The couple decided to start an official business and began selling the sauces though Facebook. The business has grown, and Scott’s sauces are now available online, as well as at farmers markets, vendor events, and local popup events.

Dedicated to his craft, Scott carefully selects only the best ingredients to be included in the sauces. His hot sauces include Jalapeño Peach, the brand’s mildest flavor option; Two-Pepper Peach, a medium-heat sauce made from a blend of jalapeño and habanero peppers; and Habanero Peach Pepper, the brand’s most popular sauce (and the spiciest!)

Marlowe’s Original Whiskey Bourbon BBQ includes an option with added jalapeños and another option with habaneros. According to its website, Marlowe’s Original Whiskey Bourbon BBQ is “thick and tangy, offering a sweet and savory flavor that pairs well with any meat of your choice in any cooking style you prefer.”

For a chance to get a sauce with a flavor profile that is distinctively yours, Scott also offers custom sauce blends in addition to his signature sauces.

 

Marlowe’s Original BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Marlowe’s Original BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. prepared pizza dough
  • 1 cup Marlowe’s Original Whiskey Bourbon BBQ sauce, plus 3 Tbs.
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup cooked grilled chicken
  • ¼ cup sliced onion (sweet or red)
  • ¼ cup precooked bacon bits
  • ¼ cup pineapple tidbits (optional)

Begin the Fun

  1. Prepare dough according to recipe.
  2. Preheat oven to 450° (unless otherwise instructed for pizza dough).
  3. Spread 1 cup barbecue sauce on prepared dough.
  4. Sprinkle most of the cheese on top of the sauce, reserving some for later (about a ¼ cup).
  5. Arrange onions, bacon bits, grilled chicken, and pineapple tidbits on top of the cheese.
  6. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of all the ingredients.
  7. Bake in center of the oven for 15-25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese begins to bubble.
  8. Allow pizza to rest for 10 minutes.
  9. Add the 3 tbsp. of remaining barbecue sauce in a circular motion, creating a spiral on top.
  10. Cut into 8 slices and enjoy.

Recipe makes one 16-inch regular-crust pizza or two 12-inch thin-crust pizzas.

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Marlowe’s Original Habanero Peach Chicken Wings

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Marlowe’s Original Habanero Peach Chicken Wings

Ingredients

Wings

  • 3 lbs. chicken wings, split, tips removed
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder

Sauce

Begin the Fun

  1. Preheat oven to 425°, line a half-sheet baking pan with aluminum foil and place a wire baking rack on top. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Pat wings dry with paper towels. Make sure to remove as much moisture as possible.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a gallon-size Ziploc bag.
  4. Toss wings in mixture 10 at a time, making sure they are fully coated.
  5. Arrange wings skin side up on the wire baking rack, making sure they are not touching.
  6. Bake in center of oven for 1 hour, turning every 20 minutes to ensure even cooking. Cook times may vary depending on the size of the wings. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 165°.
  7. Remove from oven and let rest for about 5 minutes, in the meantime make the sauce to coat.
  8. Make the sauce to coat: melt butter in a large bowl, add Marlowe’s Original Habanero Peach Hot Sauce. Stir until blended.
  9. Toss wings until coated in sauce. Enjoy with Marlowe’s Habanero Peach Ranch or your favorite dipping sauce.

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Marlowe’s Original Spicy Ranch Dip

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Marlowe’s Original Spicy Ranch Dip

Ingredients

Option 1

Option 2

Begin the Fun

  1. Combine ingredients and mix until well blended.
  2. Chill for about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve with wings or veggies.

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