Organic BBQ Sauce Just like Dad Created

Jason holds jars of Bill's Best BBQ SauceBack in the early 1990s, renaissance man Bill Fehon created a delicious BBQ sauce recipe and made batch after batch for his family and friends. Sadly, Bill was diagnosed with a form of dementia called frontotemporal degeneration in 2009, which meant he had to pull back from the kitchen and the many other activities he enjoyed. In honor of their father, Bill’s five sons decided to sell Bill’s Best Organic BBQ Sauce and donate 10 percent of the profits to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.

We recently swung by the Bill’s Best facility in Glenside, Pennsylvania, to talk with Bill’s son Jason Fehon, who runs the daily operations. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jason is a renaissance man himself. “I make BBQ sauce by day and brew beer by night,” he says as he puts the final touches on a new label design and points out the citrus trees he’s growing inside the office.

IMG_7425On one side of the room, there’s a table covered in freshly filled jars of Bill’s Best Original and Spicy Organic BBQ sauces. Right behind it is a 60-gallon kettle that cooks the sauces. “The process takes about three hours, and the kettle reaches a temperature of 212 degrees,” Jason explains. It’s a steamjacketed vat, which drives down the cooking time and is a cleaner, healthier technology.

In line with this healthier cooking style, Bill’s Best also believes in sourcing high-quality, local ingredients. “We purchase organic onions and garlic from Landisdale Farm, grass-fed organic butter from Natural by Nature, and organic ketchup from Chelten House,” Jason says. These three vendors are less than 100 miles from the Bill’s Best shop. The sauces are also gluten-free and certified organic, not to mention delicious.

You can’t go wrong with Original Organic BBQ Sauce, a Kansas City–style sauce that’s sweet, tangy, and perfect for brushing over grilled chicken. Or, if you like a little spice, you’ll want to grab Spicy Organic, made with habanero peppers, ground cumin, and yellow mustard seed. What are you waiting for? Your grill is calling! Stop by the Shop and grab a bottle of Original Organic or Spicy Organic for your next outdoor get-together.