The Richardson cooking tradition began over 75 years ago with Veola Richardson. Challenged to feed her large family with limited means, she utilized the land around her. She relied on a wood stove and filled it with what was plentiful on the land to heat the home and feed her 10 children. Over time her unique choice in wood, smoking methods, and blend of seasonings became very popular and is still used today in the Richardson’s Signature Blend.
The First Sales
One of her youngest sons, Glen, fell in love of the mix of flavors and began his mission of cooking for others with his mother. Veola began managing the Dew Drop Inn in Watonga in the late 1970’s with her son by her side. After the Dew Drop, Glen began his cooking ventures with his new wife, Sharon. By the mid 80’s, they had 3 young boys to care for and used cooking as a regular source of income. Glen would smoke slabs of ribs at home, using the Richardson’s recipe, and take them to the local grocery store to sell out of the back of the station wagon. They developed such a following of people who loved their food that they would often have people show up at their house unannounced and ask to purchase anything they had available.
Cooking has always played a large role in the Richardson family and has been passed down to Glen and Sharon’s sons. The family opened A1 BBQ in 2002, with their youngest son, Leroy, as manager. Today Leroy has continued the Richardson cooking tradition with Smoked Out BBQ. Leroy is excited about his new venture with the Smoked Out BBQ food truck and catering and is looking forward to what the future may bring.
Giving Back – Serving the Community
Over the years, the Richardson’s have served their community in a variety of ways including church fundraisers, sporting events for school, and helping others in need. Their passion is cooking and bringing joy to others, and they are thrilled to continue this passion through Smoked Out BBQ.