Uncle Charley’s story started over 30 years ago when Charley Armitage started the business with his wife. Charley was a former seasoning and spice man who identified the need for a premium quality Italian sausage in Western Pennsylvania. Using his expertise with spice blends he focused on using only the highest quality ingredients while adhering to the highest quality production standards to develop products that were significantly superior in taste and quality to other brands in the market.
Leveraging the great taste of its products the Uncle Charley’s brand started getting distribution in local independent and as its loyal customer base continued to expand the brand found its way into the majority of all retailers in Western Pennsylvania, where today it is the dominant brand in the market with a 40% market share.
Uncle Charley continued to expand its product line by adding several unique griller flavors and developed a line of breakfast and meatball items. As the quality of its products became known, the brand also gained significant distribution with key retailers in the Cleveland market.
Today Uncle Charley’s continues to build on its heritage, ensuring only the finest ingredients are used to produce a fresh line of products like no other in the market.
Uncle Charley’s sausage is made from high quality, premium cuts of pork, which results in leaner meat with a richer taste. Our farmers, all within driving distance of our plant, adhere to strict specifications, giving us, on average, 35% to 40% leaner meat, well exceeding USDA standards. Did you know that some large industrial manufacturers of sausage use casings made of plastic? Yuck! We use only natural or collagen casings. Uncle Charley’s uses careful blends of the freshest, most pungent spices, which have been perfected for nearly three decades by our founder, the spice man himself. All of these ingredients and practices, plus our spotless manufacturing facility, are why we feel 100% confident in claiming “Always Fresh, Honest and Delicious” on the label.
How do you know a good product before you buy? Here’s a guide to the nutritional label and beyond (aka, the skinny on what makes a great sausage).
the casings on our grillers
Natural casings are traditional products that have been used in the production of meat specialties for centuries and have remained virtually unchanged in function, appearance, and composition. Salt and water are all that is used for cleaning and preservation. Natural casings are the only casings that can be used in organic sausage production. Natural casings breathe, allowing smoking and cooking flavors to permeate the casing and infuse the meat, giving the sausage a rich, even flavor throughout. Natural casings have unique natural curves and sheen, with rounded ends.
the casings on our breakfast links
We use collagen casings made from beef to control the smaller size of our breakfast links.
the responsible treatment of animals
Our premium meats come from farms and preparatory facilities that are closely scrutinized by USDA inspectors. By using the highest quality meat raised by farmers who really care about the raw materials that go into our products, we achieve fabulous flavor and texture against poorer-quality meats of questionable provenance. As a result, your end sausage has lower fat content, and you are consuming a healthier, better tasting sausage.
what’s in your sausage?
The parts that are used to make our products come from the premium parts of the pig. Those jokes you may have heard about what weird pig parts go into sausage…well, they just don’t apply to Uncle Charley’s. You can be certain there are no unnatural or unnecessary additives in your Uncle Charley’s sausage and that it is full of wholesome and flavorful goodness.