Getting the recipe right was the first thing on Kim Lemke's mind when he started his BBQ sauce business, Kim's BS BBQ Sauce November 2011.
Now, with profits skyrocketing, his priority is to use his success from his new flavor of sauce to give back to the community that supports him and his family.
The yummy sauce happens to be filling the Lemkes' wallets and shelves in 33 different states.
"We ship some to Alaska," Kim Lemke, president of Kim's BS BBQ Sauce, said.
Kim's BS BBQ Sauce has its team, which is all family, working to sell the bottles faster than they can make it.
The Lemkes' sauce process is a little bit different than your average distributer: each bottle is touched six times with care before it makes it onto the shelf.
"We'll do six batches today," Kim Lemke said. "Two of them (batches) will be bacon of course because we're out."
The demand for their new flavor of sauce, which was decided to be bacon after a Facebook poll on the company's page, keeps the Lemkes busy.
"It tastes like bacon," Kim Lemke said. "It's salty. It's sweet. It has got a hint of spice."
His family who helps consists of his wife Mandy Lemke, who is the Vice President of Kim's BS Sauce, and his daughters.
His daughters are Maddy Lemke, who is 11 years old and is going into 6th grade, Cheyenne Laatsch, who is 16 years old and is going to be a junior in high school, and Victoria Lemke, who is 15 years old and is going to be a sophomore in high school.
"It's fun putting it on a bunch of foods," Maddy Lemke said. "Like the other day, I put it (the bacon sauce) on a waffle and scrambled eggs. The new bacon sauce very good."
For the Lemkes, the whole process of making sauce helps their family learn the value of a dollar.
"We learn the small business stuff we learn in class," Victoria Lemke said.
However, their hope is that their business will help a cause.
"Who hasn't been touched with breast cancer?" Kim Lemke said.
Next year at this time, the Lemkes will donate 5 percent of their total year's profits from the new bacon sauce.
"All we talk at our house is sauce," Mandy Lemke said. "That's all we talk about is sauce. The world runs on sauce. Sauce runs out of our pores."
The sauce that pulls the Lemkes together day to day, with the help of hungry consumers, will hopefully provide support for a cause that gives hope to families trying to keep theirs whole.
"We're trying to make a difference not only for our family," Kim Lemke said. "But for everyone else's families, too."
To get the new bacon flavor, visit these locations in our area:
County Market, Trig's stores, IGA stores, Townline Market, Country Fresh Meats and Custom Meats.
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