We had the good fortune of connecting with Eddie Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eddie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Ive been a serial entrepreneur my entire life lol. Regardless of all of the business I dove into, cooking, specifically, bbq was one of the ones I enjoyed the most because it revolved heavily around good times and entertaining people. And in the south, thats one of the many things we thrive on. Loving you and making everyone feel like family. So when I became active just working with bbq on the side the pandemic hit. At that point, I had a bbq trailer to just simply do weekend events and make some extra side money. When my job furloughed me, it became very clear, this was the next move to make so I did. We became full time food truck bbq in the middle of a pandemic.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We are a small veteran owned black bbq company that focuses primarily on low and slow bbq and the art of remixing dishes via smoke. I was able to get to where I am by harnessing my social media influence and turning it on hyper when it came to food. It was risky and scary but it all came together in the long run. Getting all the appropriate licensing and paperwork was one of the things I learned during this process that you must have. Anyone can cook, but having your books and paperwork together, is one of the realest boss moves out there. Putting structure and emphasis behind your brand and establishing it as a major player and not having to worry about a lot of things was key. I want the world to know 2 things. One is that Barbecue is better in Mississippi lol. And my story is one made from determination and grind to provide for my family during the most critical times of need during the pandemic. I have gone far in a short time and I am very thankful for the support of family and friends and customers during this time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow. First we would hit Offbeat. One of the only black owned vinyl and art/culture stores in Mississippi. Owned by a very good friend of mine, DJ Young Venom. From there, we would hit some of the iconic places in my area. E&L BBQ, Ray’s Johnny T’s Bistro and Blues. We would get a hit of some night life, with the Daquari Bar and 4th Ave, then for some more great eats, we would hit Da Shak and Da Fish Shak for some more great bites. You have Pig and Pint, The taco scene, High ball and more. Finishing up we would go to the Mississippi Civil Rights museum and check out chef nick wallace and his team.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My girlfriend Benita was major stepping out and getting this started. My mom and sister and my son.
Jonathan Huddelston and Tracy Hopson at the Grills of Mississippi Superstore.
The BBQ Guru’s of Mississippi Facebook Group
Chef David Mallard
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