Jason Sohn makes great mustard…in part to finance his love of motorcycles. The part-time United Airlines luggage loader and his wife Mandie received the recipe for their signature condiment as a wedding present from one of the groom's relatives in 2005; nowadays it has turned into a family obsession that also happens to fund Sohn's passion for road and dirt bikes. This stuff is magic: thin, hot and super vinegary with a nose-clearing horseradish and pepper kick courtesy of the cayenne and serrano peppers the couple grow, dry and grind themselves for each batch at their Northeast Portland home. It's more like a mustardy salad dressing than a paste; the perfect consistency for smearing on a ham sandwich, using as a marinade or sucking directly off your fingers. It comes in a little 8-ounce glass Kerr jar with a stick-on label proudly featuring the couple's 9-year-old chocolate Lab, Skater (the O.G. âfatdogâ).
But as good as the mustard is, it's made better with the addition of a bag or two of the Sohns' Fatcat Pretzels ($6 for a 1-pound bag). They sprinkle the crunchy little homemade knots with cinnamon-sugar for their addictive Cinnamon Toast blend or coat the snacks with a tongue-tingly cayenne and serrano mix. The pretzels are light, not at all dry, and oily enough you'll ruin your shirt in your haste to devour the entire bag. Really, this is the ultimate beer snack trifecta; every single bar in Portland should carry them. If they do, Sohn will be able to buy his custom orange-and-black Yamaha R6 all that much sooner—"in the same colors as the Fatdog label, of course," he says with a laugh.
EAT: Fatdog Mustard and Fatcat Pretzels are available at Portland-area Made in Oregon stores and the Hollywood and Montavilla farmers markets, among other locations. Find a full list at fatdogmustard.com. Visit the website, or call 250-3749 for larger volume orders and deals.
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