About Blowin’ Smoke
The Story of Blowin’ Smoke BBQ Sauce
We began making this sauce over 26 years ago as a basting sauce for country-style ribs cut off of a bone-in pork loin. Within an hour of completing the grilling process, we baste the ribs with our special sauce, allowing the sauce to caramelize. Remove the ribs, pack them in a foil-lined cooler, pour extra sauce over them, seal the foil and cooler, and allow the meat to steam for at least an hour (we’ve actually left them untouched for up to 8 hours, and they’re still piping hot!).
Following a trip to a college baseball tournament at Mississippi State University in 2003, we were inspired to expand our grilling efforts to a larger scale. An oil-tank smoker gave us more grill capacity, and we began to experiment with our barbeque sauce on more varieties of meat, including chicken halves, baby back ribs, shrimp, and Boston butts. Our family, friends, and neighbors also enjoyed cooking with our sauce, and we started to produce batches for private sale in an eight quart pot. We received a lot of encouragement to manufacture the sauce commercially, but two full-time careers were all that we could manage at the time.
In April 2008, I retired from full-time employment and started the process of marketing and producing “Blowin’ Smoke” BBQ sauce. The name originates from our two new daughters-in-law who suggested the name “Blowin’ Smoke”. I disagreed with the name because while the sauce is sweet and spicy; it is not hot. They explained that they believed that I was just “blowin’ smoke” with my talk of manufacturing the sauce. I tried to find a better name, but I was outvoted 5-1, so “Blowin’ Smoke” it is. A customized logo by a local Rowan County artist, Betty Sedberry, completed the packaging. Additionally, the sauce qualifies as a “Goodness Grows in North Carolina” product as its principal ingredients originate in North Carolina.
Now “Blowin’ Smoke” has become a fixture in many unique stores in Piedmont North Carolina. Why don’t you try it in your home? We have friends in California, Colorado, New York, Washington State, Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina who are fans of our versatile sauce. We hope that you will use it in your favorite recipes and experiment on your grill. We hope that your family enjoys “Blowin’ Smoke” BBQ sauce as much as we enjoy providing it for you. Thanks for your business!