Dwayne Thompson, originally from New Orleans, came to Alabama after Hurricane Katrina left him and his family homeless. He moved to Alabaster, Alabama (20 miles south of Birmingham). He started bottling Big Daddy Bomb barbecue sauce after friends repeatedly urged him to do so. His roots in New Orleans gave Thompson a strong sense of food, but it was his cooking in Alabama that gave birth to his business as a sauce maker and catering company.
To earn extra income, Dwayne hosted private events for his friends and family. He was often complimented on the sauce and thought he should at least give some serious thought to bottling his sauce.
In 2015, Thompson formed Big Daddy Sauces LLC. After proper licensing and other requirements, the sauce was released, featuring the flagship product Big Daddy Bomb Barbecue Sauce.
“It’s an all-round sauce that doesn’t just wait for you to take your grill off,” Thompson said. Fans of the sauce have repeatedly confessed that they put everything from chicken fingers to fish to pasta.
Thompson believes the origin of his sauce, that like Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, he mixed the right combination of herbs and spices to make it perfectly robust and very flavorful.
While the sauce can be found in various markets, grocery stores and online, as well as Amazon, Thompson has not forgotten and honors the sauce’s beginnings, exhibiting and offering tastings at farmers’ markets and trade shows in food.
Big Daddy continues to participate in national sauce competitions, including American Royal-The World Series of Barbecue. This year, Thompson placed in the Top 20 in the competition, 10th out of more than 150 competitors.
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