LOOK: Florida coach Jim McElwain is selling a barbecue sauce, and the label is great

By Adam Silverstein
September 15, 2017
LOOK: Florida coach Jim McElwain is selling a barbecue sauce, and the label is great

Image Credit: @GatorsFB on Twitter

It is no secret that Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain likes to cook, and though some fans may see Florida’s offense these days as an assault on their eyes, perhaps McElwain will soon be able to tickle your taste buds in the comfort of your own home.

In a feature published by The Gainesville Sun, it is revealed that McElwain and his wife Karen have a secret-recipe barbecue sauce that is not only enjoyed by friends and family but will now be marketed to fans and consumers — starting in Gainevsille, Florida. You can read all about the creation of the sauce and why they decided to sell it, but the quick-hit details are that it will be available for sale inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium beginning Saturday and will likely hit shelves inside Gainesville supermarkets soon.

What caught my eye is the label for the sauce, also published by the Sun, which tries really hard to make as many references as possible.

There is a really happy alligator wading out of the water onto the beach representing Gainesville and the Gators, snow-covered mountains in the background referencing McElwain’s background from Montana and the Pacific Northwest, footballs dangling from the tree like coconuts, engraved stones representing teach of their three kids, a Big Green Egg (McElwain’s favorite grilling/smoking device), the coach typically wearing shoes with no socks, and a map of the United States drawn into the sand with a football-like play in it.

Karen McElwain told the Sun she expects there to be more flavors from the “Mac & Blondie” brand available soon, which could be good news if “Mombo 3” turns out to be tasty. Let us know if you grab the sauce in Gainesville and give it a try.


  1. Gatormatic says:

    The map of the USA also shows McElwain’s football journey. You specifically see Alabama to Colorado, and Colorado to Florida. I forget all his previous stops, but those are represented as well. Pretty cool details!

  2. Jimbo says:

    The map of the us looks like it represents the coaching stops and towns he’s lived in too

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