Jane was always sifting through new recipes. She loved cooking, canning, and baking. Her life was dedicated to the kitchen and creating delicious foods for her family. Her house was filled to the brim with cookbooks that were covered in cooking notes and handwritten recipes she collected over the years.
Jane would sit in the kitchen looking over recipes from her favorite cookbook. “This cookbook has very important recipes” she’d tell Becki. Jane would make the BBQ sauce throughout Becki’s childhood, the sweet warm aroma wafting throughout the house during the summer. Whenever someone asked about the recipe, Jane would press her finger against her lips, smiling, “It’s a secret”.
After Jane passed away, Becki followed in her grandmother’s footsteps, sifting through the old cookbooks and replicating her favorite meals. While going through the pages of recipes, Becki discovered a familiar cookbook. She looked inside and to her surprise was the recipe for the family BBQ sauce.
Becki’s eyes glowed and widened. The recipe was possibly as old as Jane. A typewriter had pressed its ink across a worn index card. The text was slightly faded, the page yellowed, and the card bent and folded from wear.
The BBQ sauce was a family favorite. It was often a Christmas gift given to family members and friends. In the ‘90s, several people begged Becki to sell the BBQ sauce– Including her best friend Lisa.
Fast forward to 2020, COVID-19, like so many others, changed their world. Becki realized that she was an “essential employee” working in the Legal and Compliance department for health care delivery organizations. Lisa was bored at home during the lockdowns and desperately needed a hobby or project to work on. After years of persuasion Lisa finally talked Becki into going on a business venture. Becki and Lisa became business partners and started pursuing the dream of making BBQ sauce.
Jane’s BBQ sauce is sold at local farmers markets, local restaurants and other small businesses.