Old Mule Makes Sauce With a Kick


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Based at the Modlin family farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Mule specializes in crafting a unique barbecue, marinade and dipping sauce. The secret family recipe got its start in the 1980s, when Farm Bureau members Steve and Cheryl Modlin began making jars of their special sauce to give away as gifts. Their friends and family loved it so much that they encouraged the couple to go into business.

Today, you can find Old Mule at vendors across the country. The gourmet sauce is available in five flavors, which the Modlins continue to produce on their farm in Polk County. Customers love using the sauce for everything from grilling and barbecuing to marinating meats, dipping chips and french fries, spreading on sandwiches, and more.

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To learn more about the business, purchase Old Mule sauce, locate a vendor near you or find recipes, visit oldmule.com or call (828) 625-0305.

(Note: This product was featured as a giveaway in our Spring 2020 issue. The giveaway has now ended. Thanks to all who participated.) 


  1. Richard Stevens

    March 10, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Old Mule Sauce looks awesome and I’m a spicy BBQ lover. I was in Polk County in October and really loved visiting the area, so I’d like to support the local farmers there and their entrepreneurial spirit. Keep it up!

    • Cathy Folger

      March 13, 2020 at 9:36 am

      We use sauce on everything. Never tried Old Mule!

      • Renee

        March 29, 2020 at 10:24 am

        Let’s all support our small local businesses!!

    • Patricia O'Connor

      March 31, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      I just got my sauces and cannot wait to try them. Got mustard.smoked chipolle and original.

  2. Mark Ivansek

    March 10, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I love the Orignial Old Mule sauce! I have some in the fridge right now!

  3. John

    March 10, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    My wife likes sauces, but we have never tried Old Mule.

  4. Amy Lee

    March 10, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I love to try new sauces.

  5. Brian Mehlman

    March 10, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Give Away

  6. Thomas Dodson

    March 10, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    I like good sauces. I have not tried Old Mule as of this writing. I am looking forward to trying some. Winning giveaway would be a great way to get started.

  7. Darlene Bowman

    March 10, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Would love to try this sauce

  8. Shirley Taylor-Edwards

    March 10, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    After reading the article “Sauce With a Kick” article in this months issue of North Carolina Field & Stream magazine I knew right away that I had to try this sauce. I like sauces with a “kick” and this is one that I would love to have in my cabinet. Summer is coming and grilling is one of my family favorite things to do and this would be a great sauce to introduce them too!! So keeping my fingers crossed that this entry is selected! Thanks for sharing your sauce.

  9. Shirley Hatcher

    March 11, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Please enter my name in the chance to win the box of Old Mule sauces. I would greatly appreciate it.

    Shirley Hatcher
    4820 Brown Road
    Hamptonville NC 27020

  10. Ralph Bauguess

    March 11, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    After reading about the sauce, I know I want to try this one. I love sauces of all kinds but especially those with a little “kick”.

    • David Cropp

      March 15, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      I love BBQ sauce made by local people. The article was great. I would definitely enjoy trying these sauces.

  11. Regan Springer

    March 11, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    This sauce is NC awesome!

  12. Annie

    March 11, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Love sauces on everything. Love to try these.

  13. Scott Craig

    March 11, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    The grill is awaiting a new aroma and flavor, made in NC. Looking forward to the experience!

  14. Diana McCollum

    March 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Unfortunately I have not tried this sauce. I am more than sure than I really would enjoy this sauce , just by reading the comments.

  15. Donna Caraway

    March 12, 2020 at 8:21 am

    I have not tried these sauces but winning would be a good way to get started.

  16. Sandy Thompson

    March 12, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    These sound amazing! Hope to win. If not, I will certainly buy a bottle to try!

  17. Wendy Kennedy

    March 13, 2020 at 4:21 am

    I’ve never heard of these sauces. Sounds yummy. Hope I win!

    • Harold Michaletz

      March 13, 2020 at 7:38 am

      I believe that you have a sauce that probably is good and great on ribs and of course on a juicy steak. Of course I would use it on a Boston butt.

  18. Bill

    March 13, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Looking for something different ..

  19. Selby Yelverton

    March 13, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I enjoy buying and using different sauces in recipes. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to try these sauces!

  20. Sonya Howell

    March 14, 2020 at 1:12 am

    We have a large family that loves good food, so we are always trying new recipes, sauces, and dips. We have never heard of Old Mule sauces, and we would love the opportunity to try them out! Our children are excellent food critics and that comes from being exposed to a variety of different foods through out their childhood. Healthy food can even taste great with the right sauces incorporated into the mixture. We hope to be trying Old Mule sauces in the near future! 🙂
    Thanks, Sonya Howell


    March 15, 2020 at 10:07 am

    I love any kind of BBQ sauce.looking forward to trying these NC sauces

  22. Denise Wright

    March 16, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Mmm, sounds good. Hoping to win this contest!

  23. Grace

    March 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    My son love to eat meatball with bbq sauce for school – we have tried different kind and would like to try oldmule, especially being a local NC company! We love to support local NC companies. Thanks for the chance!

  24. Norman W Forbes

    March 17, 2020 at 12:34 am

    The sauce looks great.The articles,news,recipes and jus so much more it’s def realism on our state n places,people,and so much more.

  25. Maggie Rowe

    March 17, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Would love to try all five flavors!

  26. thomas green

    March 18, 2020 at 8:02 am

    You know, I would just like to win something I could use, as much as I grill this would be an awesome deal and also I would get to try something different and especially being made here in N.C

  27. Curtis Garner

    March 29, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    I love sauce. I also love to make sauce. It would be neat to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. Cassandra D

    March 31, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I would use this as a nice marinade.

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