PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - It's a dream come true for the Dedeaux Family of Lizana: Their family barbeque sauce recipe is now available in nearly two dozens stores on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. And they hope one day, you'll be able to find Cajun Spice Barbeque Sauce on store shelves across the nation.
Weekends keep Edward and Valencia Dedeaux hopping. That's the time the father/daughter duo promote their family's barbeque sauce. The recipe was developed by Edward Dedeaux 45 years ago when he worked for the Morrison's Cafeteria chain. In those days, you couldn't find many barbeque sauces on store shelves.
"I put it aside after I retired and left Florida and said I wasn't going to do nothing with it until one day Valencia said, 'You need to do something besides sitting around here all the time doing nothing,'" Edward Dedeaux recalled.
"I knew it was a good product," daughter Valencia said. "As a child growing up, I used to look forward to the 4th of July, Christmas times when I knew my dad would be grilling out. Everybody came over, everyone wanted to experience his barbeque sauce. So I always knew it was a great product, so that's why I was so desperately wanted him to share it with other people."
The secret sauce is now being produced and bottled at a plant in Pearl, Mississippi for distribution. In two short years, it's taken off quickly.
"We're in over 20 stores. We just recently got into Grocery Depot, Froogles, and Rouses. All of the Rouses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We're in the Mississippi made stores and we're in some of the local convenience stores in the neighborhoods."
But it all started right at Neco's Family Market, the family's local grocery store.
"I had no idea it would actually take off like that. It just seems surreal that when I think about where we first started the process and where we are today," explained Valencia.
The goal is to distribute the product to bordering states and eventually nationwide. And while they watch their sales grow, Mr. Dedeaux continues to develop new products from home.
"I have a spicy hot. A few people have been asking me for a spicy hot," said Edward Dedeaux.
He's also developing a white barbeque seasoned rub for fish and chicken, and a red rub for beef and pork.