(WKBN) – Which BBQ sauce did you choose for Memorial Day Grilling? One of the most famous BBQ sauces in America comes from a child raised in Bresville, Ohio.
Guy Hughes worked for General Motors until he lost his job in a downsizing, but he never stopped cooking and came up with an idea that has been unstoppable.
Hughes once caught the attention of Mike Audi when he was installed at the Italian Fest.
“He’s got BBQ chicken and ribs and something is just telling me that if there’s such a long line at the Italian Festival, it’s going to be some good stuff,” Audi said.
He asked Hughes if he was interested in making his own sauce at Summer Garden Manufacturing in Boardman.
Hughes says it was a match made in sauce. He has been cooking at Rib Fest and Burnoff for years, and remembers the last time at Eastwood Mall.
“On Best Sauce, I said I was going to enter my sugar-free sauce. No one knew that and I took first place,” Hughes said.
It was Smokey Garlic Flavor and Hughes knew he got a hit. He felt that people are ready for a sugar-free sauce that helps people eat healthier but does not like the taste of it.
“When I first brought up the idea, they wanted me not to mix sugar. I said no, it has to be sugar-free. We kept roaming here and there. In the end, he said okay, if that’s what you want,” Hughes said.
Now, the G Hughes Sugar Free Sauce goes in 140,000 bottles a day.
Sales have doubled in six consecutive years. It is a $50 million brand and the number four BBQ sauce in America.
Hughes said, “It’s just going up and I don’t know when it’s going to stop and I don’t want it to stop.”
The G Hughes Sugar Free brand also includes marinades, wing sauce and ketchup. It all started with his idea of helping people eat healthier.
“He’s the pit master. He’s the man. That’s his idea. He developed the product. It’s a true story. It resonates with people,” Audi said.
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