With less than a week to go before the Seattle Seahawks make the franchise’s third appearance in the Super Bowl, Blue Max Meats co-owners Tommy Marshall and Evan Greco are working overtime whipping up more of their extremely popular Beast Mode Hot Skittles Sausage to help fans celebrate the milestone — and hopefully a world championship.
The sausage, made by mixing 25 pounds of sausage with two pounds of Skittles, is named after star running back Marshawn Lynch’s relationship with the beloved candies.
Yes, the combination is a tad strange, but the duo’s creation is selling like hot cakes and the two can barely keep up with the demand. It didn’t take long for the Beast Mode Sausage to rumble to the top of the best seller list at the market.
Throughout the year, Blue Max Meats, located at 9512 Canyon Rd E, sells about 50 pounds of the sausage a week. But during football season and leading up to the Super Bowl the market sells about 50 pounds a day.
The sausage sells for $5.99 a pound, and Marshall and Greco hope to cook up 400 pounds of it during their overnight cook-a-thons.
The idea for Beast Mode was the brainchild of Greco last year after the Seahawks won the NFC championship and headed to the Super Bowl.
When their regular sausage guy got sick and couldn’t show up for work, the pair started experimenting and came up with the spicy pork hot sausage, agreeing that if no one liked it, they could toss it in the trash.
“I know it doesn’t sound that good, but the sausage with Skittles give it a sweet and spicy flavor,” Greco said.
Also new on the menu is their deflated football sausage. Shaped like a football, the sausage is created when the casing is underfilled.
After coming up with the idea and posting a drawing of it on the market’s Facebook page, positive responses started to flood in.
The owners believe in presenting a somewhat sophisticated presence when customers come through the door. Everyone working at Blue Max Meats sports a signature bow tie.
“This is our thing,” Marshall said. “It brings back the memories of meat cutters that customers remember as a kid.”
Blue Max Meats offers a whole lot more than the Beast Mode Hot Skittles Sausage and the deflated football sausage. The pair make all their own jerky and sell more than 30 different types of sausage. All the beef and chicken is Washington raised, and they will cut any meat to customer’s specifications.
Marshall and Greco have run Blue Max Meats for the last two years and say things are going well.
“Every adventure has its ups and downs, but this has been the best two years ever,” Greco said. “We are very thankful for our customers and fans on Facebook.”
The pair agrees that the publicity surrounding their Beast Mode Hot Skittles Sausage has boosted business.
Local television stations covered the pair, and the NFL Network even paid them a visit. Time Magazine and The Today Show also mentioned them — all thanks to Beast Mode Sausage.
“People living in the apartment building right behind our building didn’t even know we were here until they saw us on TV talking about the sausage,” he said.
Blue Max Meats is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
Normally the market is open on Sundays, but not on Super Bowl Sunday, Marshall declared.
“That is a national holiday for us,” he said.