- About Us
Headquartered in the one of the Top 10 True Western towns -Pendleton, Oregon- Barhyte Specialty Foods thrives as a small family company doing what we do best: creating some of the most delicious mustards, marinades, wing sauces, and other gourmet condiments and never settling for anything less than the best.
Barhyte has a large and loyal following throughout the U.S. and Canada. Customers love our unique flavors and the way they enhance foods without overpowering them. They know they can trust mom "Saucy Mama" to use the finest, freshest ingredients and leave out all those additives and fillers with names you can't pronounce.
Below is a short video of the history of our organic mustard line: Suzie's Mustards. Every aspect of this product line - from ingredient sourcing to bottle production - is done locally in the Pacific Northwest.
Two Centuries of Tradition
Inventiveness like Mom’s is a family heritage. Way back in the eighteenth century, Jacobus Barhyte, a Southern German immigrant and pioneer settler of Yaddo, – now known as Saratoga Springs, New York – created our original Sweet ‘n Sour Mustard Sauce. This original recipe was passed down through the generations and even traveled west over the Oregon Trail. Back then, Jacobus’s name was spelled “Barheyt,” but when he enlisted in the American Forces for the Saratoga Campaign of 1777, General Gates’s secretary recorded the name as “Barhyte.” Patriotic pride has kept us using that spelling ever since.
Jan and Susan (Mom) Barhyte first publicly shared our mustards in the late 1970s on the table at our Swift & Martin Station Deli in Pendleton, Oregon. These mustards were made from recipes developed by both sides of the family over generations, including a few recipes from Mom’s father. Customers liked the unique and flavorful mustards so much that they began requesting some to take home.Our mustard sales grew so fast that it became a family business. In 1984, we moved our mustard operation closer to the mustard fields of the Willamette Valley and added new mustards and a variety of delicious condiments. But the sunshine and community of our hometown Pendleton drew us back in 1994. Our family has been making our savory collection of foods there ever since.
In February of 2010, Fox News ran a story about us! Learn more about our history and company in the article "Mustard That’s Fit for a King".
Below is a short video of the history of Barhyte Specialty Foods: from a small deli in Pendleton, Oregon to a premium, gourmet condiment manufacturer, still thriving as a family company today in Pendleton!
Made the Way Only Mom Can Make Them
Barhyte Specialty Foods takes great pride in each and every one our delicious products. We try our best to source local, natural ingredients so that each mustard, marinade, or wing sauce we create tastes nothing less than the freshest and most flavorful it can be. Barhyte is also part of the Blue Sky Renewable Energy program; our entire Saucy Mama, Haus Barhyte and Suzie's product lines are manufactured using renewable energy.
The Creative Mind
And just who’s the mastemind of these gourmet creations? Well, it’s our very own "Saucy Mama"- Suzie Barhyte. Suzie spends hours in her kitchen playing with ingredients and coming up with new ideas, and surprisingly, she doesn't work in some scientific lab or a sterile industrial kitchen when she cooks; she plays in a kitchen that's just like yours. It's a home kitchen, so you know you're eating products that are just like something you could create.
It takes a real stickler in the kitchen to make our products this consistently tasty. And that’s mom. She won’t rest until every family member declares her latest taste sensation the most delicious sauce, marinade, cocktail onion, olive, or mustard they’ve ever tasted. And even then she’ll try to make it better.
Below is a short video of the history of our Saucy Mama brand, along with some pictures of the real kitchen where Suzie creates our tasty products!
A few photo's of Saucy Mama's test kitchen are below. If you're ever in Pendleton, Oregon make sure you stop by and visit. We'll give you a tour!