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The Center for Acceleration of African American Business

Freddie Lee James Jr., owner of Freddie Lee's Gourmet Sauces, prepares a batch of his mild sauce on Dec. 18, 2019 in St. Louis.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Freddie Lee James Jr. has long been a sauce man. 

His home-whisked Ghetto Sauce made him the king of cookouts. Family and coworkers would clamour for the zesty, sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. After years of their encouragement and five years before he was to retire from his construction job, he decided to take it to the next level.