Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma May 2018 - Page 7

Papa J’s Barbeque offers three different flavors: original, spicy, and smokin’ hot. “We have our spicy, that has a little bit of warmth. Nothing too crazy, it’s still nice and smooth. We like to say it gives you the warm and fuzzies,” James said. “Our smokin’ hot sauce has a heat that catches you on the back end.” The company is currently a side gig for the family, but they have ambitions to make it a full-time job for everyone. “A lot of it is just finding the time and finding opportunities on nights and weekends,” Jeff said. “It’s a product we stand by, and it’s a lot more than just a side hustle.” The family sells their sauce at shows around the state during the spring, summer and fall months of the year. It’s also available at the Meat House, 2249 W. Danforth Rd. in Edmond. “We do local events, farmers markets, shows, we have an online store, and people can purchase it there,” James said. The sauce is made in Mustang, Okla. at a manufacturer who completes the processing and packaging. When it comes to barbecue meats everyone in the family loves the spicy sauce on grilled shrimp. Hope said she likes the original sauce on pulled pork and the spicy sauce on salmon. Jerel said his favorite is the original sauce on brisket or grilled chicken. Right now, the family is working on a new and sweeter recipe using maple. “Our family is from the East Coast. The part of the country we lived in was maple country in upstate New York. We are working with a sugar house there to develop maple barbecue sauce,” James said. “Sugaring season is going on right now. One of our biggest focuses this year is developing that sauce. They are sending us samples of different syrups, creams, and maple sugars to develop our sauce.” The family said they spend a lot of time with Canadians who love their maple syrup, so they are tasting the new recipe. They hope to release it just in time for winter. Papa J’s Barbeque will be available at The Old Chicken Farm Vintage Barn Sale in Jones, Okla. in early May. They will also participate in the second Saturday Edmond Farmers’ Market and the Wednesday Farmers’ Market. “We’d love people to come out and try our sauce,” Jeff said. The family business is a veteran-owned business. Jerel spent 20 years in the Air Force, and the family moved all around the United States to different stations. They settled in Oklahoma after Jeff moved to the area to attend Southern Nazarene University.  You can learn more about the family and the sauce at http://www.papajsbbq.com. May 2018 | The Business Times 7