Mumbo Sauce from Buffalo, nY
John Young's Original Mumbo Sauce (16 oz)
Buy the original sauce that started the entire Buffalo wing phenomenon! Sweet, tangy and delicious, you'll truly savor this barbecue sauce that has been unavailable for more than two decades.
“anyone can do wings but if you don’t have the mumbo sauce, you ain’t got anything”
- John Young
The Original Chicken Wing Sauce That Started It All
John Young was Buffalo's first chicken wing restauranteur, opening Wings N' Things in 1961 on Jefferson Avenue. He would go on to open several soul food establishments throughout Buffalo and beyond – but is best remembered for his trademark mumbo sauce.
Young was born in Stockton, Alabama, in 1934, and moved to Buffalo, with his wife Elizabeth Christine, and his three children. Beyond his business ventures, Young was involved in the East Side community, founding a youth program and a soul food processing plant.
In 2023 Lina, John's daughter, cofounded John Young's Original to keep her dad's memory alive. Discover more about our story on our About page.
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John Young T-Shirt
Celebrate John Young, Buffalo's original Wing King! T-shirt is designed by Koren Shadmi and printed in Buffalo, NY.
John Young Mural
In 2021, Buffalo Bike Tours, in conjunction with the Young Family and Michigan Street Corridor, launched a fundraising effort to recreate a mural honoring John Young at Jefferson and Carlton, at the site of his first restaurant.
Wing Ride: The Hidden History of Chicken wings Tour
Experience the true story of how an American food icon came to be. Check out Buffalo's original wing tour and book your ride – with guest chef Lina Brown Young.