Mar 23, 20171721 views

We Make Awesome Barbecue Sauce

Hello everyone, I am a bit new to Massdrop. I actually came here by way of Mechanical Keyboards research and stumbled on the Cooking community. I love to cook outdoors and I prefer real barbecue, not some crappy wrapped in plastic meat thrown on a gas grill and petrified, but real smoky, juicy, and flavorful barbecue. My brother and I are both software and web developers, but we grew up under the apprenticeship of our father who was a two time barbecue world champion in 1985 and 1987.
Our father was featured in many large newspapers, books, and TV shows growing up and was one of the pioneers of the championship barbecue community. He loved to make people happy with food and it was one of the best things we learned as children growing up.
Find out more at: http://jimquessenberry.com
Our father, Jim Quessenberry, on Great Chefs of Southern BBQ
We Would Love To Be Massdrop Foodies Too! We're here to get people interested in our family barbecue sauce and spice business and we would love to offer a drop discount for raving fans. I would love to send each of you a free sample of our products just to wet your appetites and increase our exposure. I do have to limit shipping of free samples to domestic U.S. addresses, however we do ship internationally for medium to bulk sized orders.
We see the potential in growing a community for enthusiasts by enthusiasts so we're here to share recipes, tips, tricks, and photos of our dishes as we grow with the community. We're not just here to sell product, but to be a part of something that everyone loves.

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Ribs from our latest football season tailgate
Please take a minute to visit our website at http://jimquessenberry.com and be sure to take a look at our products. Each product is made by hand in Memphis, TN. We love our business and we do it for fun. We've decided if it's not fun we don't have any business doing it.

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Pulled pork from our last barbecue contest.
We're a local to regional sized company with locally sourced ingredients, packaging, and labels. All of our products are mixed, poured, filled, and labeled by hand by our team. We do this once every 2 weeks or so to keep up with demand from local grocers. We're currently selling on the shelves of approximately 25 stores at any given time of the year in Arkansas and Tennessee. We would like to expand our product availability and product lines to online retail sales to foodies just like you all.
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This is Patrick, our partner's son and also Chief of Staff for the company.
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A common demo table for our grocery store demonstrations.
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This is our throwback packaging from the mid 1990's when our Dad was selling locally to grocery stores throughout Northeast Arkansas.
Thanks for checking us out, Lee Quessenberry
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Hello everyone! There might be a way that you all can get in on the action still. But you'll have to act fast.
https://jimquessenberry.com/grill-masters-club-january-2018-vip-jim-quessenberry-bbq/
Read our blog and then sign up for The Grill Masters Club before Jan 4 and you have a high chance of getting our sauce in the box. I think they'll do international too but at a risk due to various problems with international shipping.
Hey Lee, i recently tried ordering some of your products online, however i found that you're unable to ship to Australia. Is there any chance that you could?
Kelseyanne20
Kelseyanne20,
I apologize for the delayed response! We would love to and we can, but we'll need to work out an arrangement with you to help us understand the best processes for handling shipping and so on. PLEASE don't hesitate to respond to us directly at sales (at) bluffcitybbqsupply (dot) com. I apologize for the delay.
Wow, I think I remember seeing this in Jonesboro, years ago! The one thing I hate about apartment living is the inability to grill...
It looks like a fellow Massdrop enthusiast just made an order with us! Thanks!
Do you have any Paleo sauce?
OrCohen
Define Paleo and I will see. I am a bit of a newb when it comes to the Paleo diet.
I'm sorry everyone but we've decided not to pursue a drop here on Massdrop. It's got nothing to do with the love and support of the community, because you all were very supportive.
It boiled down to a single decision by one of the higher ups at Massdrop rather than the traditional community demand model. We will continue to blaze trails for the cooking community as a whole and we welcome any and all of you to follow along and help us bring World Champion class BBQ to the foodies.
For more information, please email us at sales@jimquessenberry.com
@AlexPeterkin We just sold a $110 package with a 12 count case to a customer in Georgia and have had solid sales every day this week . What do we need to do to get a response from you guys to pick up the sauce and Drop it? Shall I send a raven?
lquessenberry
hi there! my name is Isaiah! most people call me Ike i make candy on my time, is there any way i could buy some? i live in Washington, and I'd love to buy some!!
masta-ike
Of course! We wanted to do a drop here to create a ton of sales all at once, but you are more than welcome to use our website https://jimquessenberry.com to place an order. Might I suggest the crowd favorite bundle, Quess' Favorite Bundle. https://jimquessenberry.com/product/quess-favorite-bundle/ Be sure to use the coupon code lifetime10 at checkout for a swift kick in the pants of 10% off the entire order!
While we wait to hear back from our Massdrop representative, I have gone ahead and introduced ourselves on ProductHunt. Let's build a community around handmade BBQ products.
https://www.producthunt.com/posts/jim-quessenberry-s-sauce-beautiful-bundle-pack
Count me in when the product drops!
n3pn3p
Wow! Thank you! It means so much to us to see this kind of support from the community.
You had me at Arkansas, Woo Pig! I just saw this story in the discussions,.I'll keep an eye out for your drop. I know the Memphis community loves to brag about their BBQ, it's nice to see Arkansas getting into the BBQ fray. Some say, if you can't get behind BBQ... that's just un-American.
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We're always up for an excuse to BBQ! There are a lot of mysteries that people think they have with BBQ, but the best way to do it is to explore and lots of trial by fire... literally! email us at sales (at) JimQuessenberry dot com and let us know what you'd specifically like to do. Michael and I have lots of tips and tricks for several big cuts like whole hog, ribs, Boston Butts, chicken, and others.
I also meant to tell you to visit our blog for good stories and some recipes peppered in.
https://jimquessenberry.com/blog/
Hello foodies! I am Michael, Lee's brother, and I just wanted to take time to say hello and introduce myself. Also I wanted to show you guys what I did this past weekend. My friends invited me over to have a few brewskis in exchange for me cooking some delicious ribs. They bought everything, and I manned the smoker. Here are the results.
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I'd like to thank @AlexPeterkin, @richardgao, @Gomark, @Vermonsta, and @BigBoyLoki for participating in this thread. At the moment the project is on hold. The buyers aren't sure if they're ready to handle condiments as products just yet. I hope that we can come together and make this work. In the meantime, please feel free to ask us questions and continue the conversation.
We're soooo close to getting the first Drop ready to go. Right now it's just some formality and perseverance getting us ready for the drop. We'll be coming up with some very value added packages for the drop so that you get a really good value. In the meantime, take a look at my latest blog:
https://jimquessenberry.com/6-tips-on-driving-a-clown-car-through-a-labyrinth-of-success/
Enjoy!
Good afternoon everyone. Patrick and I have set up shop today in West Memphis, AR to share some samples with our friends and fans in the mid-south. Check out or new tablecloth designed by yours truly!
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Good morning Massdrop Foodies! Just wanted to give you all an update on the progress. We've submitted our samples to the team at Massdrop and are awaiting their reviews of the product and a time to schedule a price negotiation. In the meantime, I have included some links here that are a very honest review from an unbiased critic who knows his way around barbecue sauce.
Disclaimer: No one gets a full10/10 on his site. Also, our hot BBQ sauce scored a 6/10, but reasonably because it's a hot barbecue sauce and that's a tough sell. Some claim they want it hot, then you give them a hot sauce and they can't take the heat. :P
http://www.meatwave.com/blog/jim-quessenberrys-sauce-beautiful-barbecue-sauce-review
http://www.meatwave.com/blog/jim-quessenberrys-sauce-beautiful-white-bbq-sauce-review-and-giveaway
http://www.meatwave.com/blog/jim-quessenberrys-hot-sauce-beautiful-barbecue-sauce-review
I hope these reviews give you an honest but exciting peek into what we have in store for you in the next several months. We also have a hickory flavored steak seasoning and our all purpose rub coming at you soon.
Does your sauce sell in stores? Sorry if its been asked I'm on mobile device. Love trying barbecue sauces, love me some Stubbs. Edit, I see you do sell in stores, publix?
Vermonsta
We are only in our region of Northeast Arkansas at Hay's Grocery Stores, but you can purchase all of our products at http://jimquessenberry.com and they'll be delivered straight from me to you literally!
Hey Lee, just curious, is Jeff Marchetta Piff the Magic Dragon?
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it would be awesome if he does barbecue while performing magic tricks. haha.
And yes, your sauce is on my radar. I just hope I won't get too addicted to it since buying internationally would be a pain. Good fortune to your business Bro!
BigBoyLoki
Well we do appreciate all of our customers and we've shipped internationally before.
Here's an update worthy of posting a comment here. We just made 4 cases of our "Rub Beautiful" bottles and 30 gallons of "Sauce Beautiful" for our regular grocery routes. Of today's production we'll be sending 2 of each product line to Kyle and Steve at Massdrop in addition to 2 of our "White Sauce Beautiful" line.
Wish us the best of luck and keep your eyes peeled for Massdrop's first barbecue sauce!
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lquessenberry
These are cool, but the fact that they're gifs doesn't add anything to the story, it detracts in a jarring way.
slumberlust
I was actually hoping they were displayed differently, but I think it adds a whole lot to the story by depicting the 4 of us doing what we know best. I didn't realize that they would be small and in a single column when I posted them from my phone. Oh well. If you want to learn more about what we actually do better than making gifs, be sure to check out our other posts or visit us at http://jimquessenberry.com. Thanks for your feedback.
Thanks for showing interest! I spoke with Kyle in the buying department and we are about to begin the process of becoming a Massdrop vendor!
Everyone, here's a little more in depth story of our struggles as a small business. I hope you find it informative and interesting.
https://jimquessenberry.com/never-settling-building-a-barbecue-sauce-company/
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Thank you for taking the time to read it! WE LOVE CARAMEL CANDY. All I have known my whole life is how to make people smile with good food. We will continue to journal our victories for everyone to see.
lquessenberry
Thanks for responding, pretty sure 'fingerless' was an autocorrect error there. I think i meant gingerness which was a reference to all the red hair in the pictures.
Im in for a purchase when it comes through on MD! Cheers from the Pacific Northwest!
Hello everyone and thanks for the positive responses and feedback so far. I would like to get the ball rolling on creating a drop that I think you all might really like, but first let me give you all a backstory.
http://www.meatwave.com/blog/jim-quessenberrys-sauce-beautiful-white-bbq-sauce-review-and-giveaway
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We have an Alabama style white barbecue sauce that is absolutely delicious. It is a zesty and tangy blend of flavors and is extremely good on chicken, fish, and beef. It smashes taste buds on brisket. It is so unique and in demand that the regional manager for the largest grocery chain in the area (I shall not name them publicly for the safety of us and the other vendors.) wanted as many bottles as we could possibly produce for their "Local Favorites" displays across Eastern Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. Although they really liked our traditional sauce and rub very much, they were already obligated to carry another brand of red/brown barbecue sauce (owned by a good friend of ours), but no one else offered a white barbecue sauce so they wanted it bad. They wanted it bad enough that we produced nearly 80 cases of product up front at their request to be sold and packed with them by a distributor on consignment that they had more or less propped up to carry all the local lines. Needless to say, we were excited and we produced what was asked of us immediately.
Late in 2016 after about 3 to 4 months of sustained distribution throughout 20+ stores across Eastern Tennessee and Northern Mississippi, our distributor ran into financial turmoil and failed to pay his vendors including our company for their goods that had already been purchased by the large retailer. This effectively means that he took payment for goods that had been promised on a consignment without paying the portion owed to the suppliers and many suppliers were stiffed hundreds of thousands of dollars for products they had already produced.
Luckily for us, we were only ahead of production by a few dozen cases (approximately 200 jars) of white sauce that had yet to be delivered to the distributor, and we were only short a few hundred dollars for product already delivered when we learned the news from other vendors who were calling us for information we may have had on our experience.
So, we're trying to recoup some of those expenses and sell about 200 jars or so before August so that they don't expire. We're willing to drop the lot of product to wholesale price to cover the lot of production and reduce the waste of a fine product. That's where you all come in. I don't know much about how it all works. I do know that we have an application in to Woot.com to see if they can help us move some product as well.
You guys help me out with Droppin' these sumbitches and I will make it well worth your time. I am about to add some recipes to the blog and a few more goodies ASAP as we prepare to crowdfund a brand new product line on Indiegogo in coming months.
Thanks,
Lee
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Drop that sumbitch. I'll buy it.
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Thank you AlexPeterkin. We are really ramping up for the Spring and Summer grilling seasons. We plan to share dozens of recipes a month along with inside looks at our company.
Thanks @AlexPeterkin for trying. It seems we couldn't come to a deal right now. If there is anything the community can do to encourage Massdrop to consider perishable items, please let us know. I am a bit slowed but not upset. We came at this without much knowledge of the inner-workings and it was a long shot. I think that we could make it work.
This is amazing, and welcome to the community Lee. I absolutely loved reading this!
richardgao
Thank you very much. I will be posting more information later to give everyone an update on our 2017 year.