Can you Digg it? With a tagline like that, who could really say “no”? JD-Diggs BBQ is something to “digg” and definitely worth all the hype. This week my local business spotlight brought me to Wheatfields, where I had the opportunity to stop by and talk with local business owner and all-around great person, Diana Aspinwall. She didn’t share the secret-behind-the-sauce, but there was plenty more to talk about anyway.
I first discovered JD-Diggs at the Grayson Days Festival last year, where, I’m ashamed to admit… I wasn’t a fan of BBQ.
I thought that sentence should hang out there for a bit, so you can get over your initial shock, but its true. I wasn’t a fan. Key word “wasn’t”, because JD-Diggs made me a believer and I honestly can’t get enough of it. That said, it isn’t just the BBQ sauce, but the story behind this family business and all-around model Grasonites that makes this business worth all the buzz. Diana was kind enough to open her home, share their story, and take me on a tour of their family history.
JD-Diggs isn’t just a BBQ sauce, its a legacy. The origin of this sauce was really born in Jesup, GA where her family restaurant “The Pig” made headlines over and over again. “The Pig” BBQ was owned and operated for over 20yrs by Diana’s grandparents in 1954, a “must-stop” for many who traveled down south annually, and often hailed putting Jesup on the map. Diana took me on a tour of their extensive family history and BBQ background, well documented in newspapers and memorabilia (pictures below). You can click [here] to read the entire family story and background on the JD-Diggs website.
The restaurant had shut down many years ago due to a new interstate being built, taking travelers away from the famous Pig. When I asked Diana how she got to be involved with the family business, she told me about her own, very personal, story. Her dad grew up in the business, and although the restaurant shut down, he still threw BBQ’s for hundreds of people, using their special sauce, to raise money for local charities in need. His dream was always to bottle the sauce. And while Diana’s mom (and fellow Graysonite!) kept the sauce alive by making it for friends and family, it was Diana decided to carry on the family legacy for more than just family and friends. In 2004 JD-Diggs was born, fulfilling her dads dream to bottle the sauce.
Diana works full time with at-risk children, so at this time their amazing family sauce can be found at local festivals and is available on their online shop, as well as Ace Hardware in Decatur, GA. There are no Grayson local retailers at this time (although I’m sure they’d be open to it, so be sure to check them out!). If you order locally and prefer not to have it shipped, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-409-4352and they’d be happy to work something out. Check out thier brand new website [click here] to order, read about the family business, or just to read up on a few great BBQ tips and tricks. You can also check out their Facebook [here].
…and stop by and check them out at Grayson Days. Its still a family affair – you can meet the team and try BBQ that I can personally assure you will not disappoint. Its riDIGGulously good!
BBQ Tips by Diana:
Tip 1: My ideal heat source is charcoal ( lump) for little more added heat and controlled smoke flavor I add in a fewwood chunks.. The type of wood chunks I select depends on what I am grilling and the flavor profile I would going for.
Tip 2: Apply your JD Diggs BBQ sauce in the final 2-3 mins on the grill. A common mistake some people can make is to put there BBQ Sauce on to early in the process.
Check back on the JD-Diggs website as they will start to offer more great grilling tips and tricks on their brand new blog, launching this month!