I go to a couple different stores because no one store close to me sells every product I use. If I were y’all, my first call would be Buc-ee’s. I get the sense they really squeeze their vendors, like Walmart, so you’d probably have to drop your margins, but they have a large bbq display and it will get you in front of an awful lot of eyeballs. None of the rubs on their shelves are priced above $9.99, and it’s the same stuff with a $12 price tag online and at other stores. I’d also definitely reach out to Outdoor Grill Sales in Weatherford (biggest selection in the “Fort Worth area” and allows sampling of each rub...a big plus for customers). Also Papo Joe’s in far north Fort Worth- Alliance area (smaller selection, but less than a month old and still growing...also allows sampling). Also Barbecues Galore in SW Fort Worth and Grapevine (don’t go there much anymore because of the other stores, but has a commendable rub selection and the location near TCU might be willing to play up your connection). Another spot you might call is Ace Hardware. They have a decent-ish sized rub shelf. I think they’re individually owned/operated, but the one by me in Keller (Jabo’s Ace Hardware) also has a sister location in Coppell and another right by TCU, which again might be willing to play up your connection. Finally, might look into online retailers too, if you don’t already. The BBQ Superstore and The Barbque (sic) Store are popular.
Oh, and another great store is Champion’s in Amarillo. I always stop by when on my way to or from the mountains.
Hope this helps!
Ha! That’s amazing! I remember the BBQs Galore stores as well as the BBQ websites. I'd love to find my way into Buc-ee’s, but as a small business, I’m not ready to give up my margin at this point. In my other career (LOL), I’ve worked with Walmart, Costco, Best Buy, Sam’s, Target, etc and they all go deep into your pockets. The amount of eyes on the products is unmatched, but at this point, I’d rather be with HEB/Central Market stores before those larger ones. I would say if the opportunity presented itself, I’d have to think long and hard about it LOL. I will definitely look into all these locations. We already are on the shelves of a lot of Ace Hardware stores here and still growing. The locations here have some legitimate BBQ supply sections and are more approachable with helpful people than the larger box stores. We are in the premier BBQ stores here as well which is called the BBQ Pitstop. It’s the place to go for most people who want legitimate rubs and sauces from any well known competition cook or big name.
Thanks for the info, I have some wholesale resources I’ll be looking into for sure!
Here’s a little “brisket style” Chuck roast pic with the Midnight rub we make. Have a good night!