Island family’s famous sauces vie for national attention

The Dore brothers, Barry and David, raised on Mercer Island, are in the top 10 of the first recipe contest.

The Dore brothers, Barry and David, raised on Mercer Island, are in the top 10 of the first recipe contest.

Seattle residents now have the chance to help them and their Docco’s BBQ Sauces win a contest to earn national distribution of the “Docco’s Delicious Fish Tale Porter Beer BBQ Dipping Sauce.”

The Dores — Barry, Wendy, David and Cil — have deep roots in the Seattle area, and their famous family sauce concoctions have been loved by four generations of Dores, family and friends.

“We’ve been sharing our family favorites for four years now,” said Barry Dore. “We’re excited to be offering this scrumptious new flavor that lets barbecue lovers enjoy the great smoky flavor of barbecue, even when they don’t have a grill. Our sauces are so low in sugar, even diabetics have told us they can enjoy them.”

Barry and David Dore have lived on Mercer Island since 1950. Their parents, George and Jerry Dore, were active members of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, as well as being involved in other community activities. The family sold their Island home just a few years ago.

Barry and David Dore’s father, Dr. George Dore, concocted the family’s famous sauce for his children while growing up. In turn, the men and their wives, Wendy and Cil Dore, raised their children — all now young adults — on the famous sauce.

At the urging of their children, the brothers began to bottle and sell the sauce, adding new flavors about once a year.

They now offer the original version, a hot, extra-hot and merlot wine flavor made with real Washington state merlot.

As part of the national contest, the Dore brothers proposed a new version of their father’s original sauce made with Fish Tale Mudshark Porter beer, produced by Fish Brewing in Olympia.

“Our dipping sauce can be used on the grill, and it won’t even burn because it’s so low in sugar,” noted Wendy Dore. “But it can also be used as a marinade, to cook in a crockpot or slow cooker, and our favorite, as a substitute for au jus, as a dipping sauce for French Dip sandwiches of beef, pork, chicken, turkey.”

The sauce is currently sold at the Redmond Farmers Market, Matthew’s Thriftway in the Lakemont area of Bellevue, Silver Lake Winery in Woodinville and Zillah, Remlinger Farms in Carnation, the Husky Deli in West Seattle and Golden Steer Meats in Bellevue.

Voting for the Docco’s recipe could help the family share its sauce with America.

The contest champion will be featured on the Home Cooking Star Web site and receive national product distribution.

The winner of the contest is determined by the number of votes that each recipe receives. Islanders are encouraged to check out the sauces and cast their votes in support of the Dore family by visiting: Voting will continue for two weeks.

Sauces can be found at:

Barry, Wendy, David and Cil Dore

Docco’s Sauces

14819 S.E. 62nd Ct.

Bellevue, Wash., 98006

(206) 713-4720

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