CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co. was started in 2003 after a small bet was made to see if our BBQ was good enough to win a national BBQ contest. The contest was held in Washington,DC and had some of the best teams in the country competing for cash and prizes, we had no clue what we were doing but we gave it a shot and lost horribly with the exception of our Black Raspberry Grillin’ Sauce. Our sauce won 2nd place and from that point on we were entering and winning contests with our BBQ Recipes. From here to Florida we were cooking up a storm with our “Maryland Style” BBQ as we like to call it, and in 2005 we were invited to compete in the BBQ world championship known as “Memphis in May”. This contest is the premier cooking contest with over 350 teams from all over the world competing on the banks of the Mississippi river in Memphis, Tennessee. We didn’t win but we placed 49th in the World for our Ribs!!
In 2007, we won 1st place in the Nation with our Black Raspberry Grillin’ Sauce and soon after we started getting calls from our friends and family asking us to make some of our BBQ for their picnics and parties, this slowly evolved into asking us to make the whole meal and desserts too, so my wife started baking and designing amazing wedding and birthday cakes, cookies and desserts and from that CarterQue was born.
We realized that these little weekend orders were starting to take up most of our time, so we both quit our 9-5 jobs and decided to cater out of the kitchen of our house. It wasn’t too long after that we found catering for over 200 people out of our kitchen wasn’t working very well and in 2007 we opened up a little store in downtown Mt Airy, Maryland. This allowed us the opportunity to bring our BBQ & desserts to everyone. Our business has continued to grow thanks in part to our many loyal customers, businesses and friends who have supported us since we first started. We strive to make the best made from scratch items and when we can, we “buy local” to support our community. We do our best to make sure you are treated like family whether we are catering an event for you or you are in our restaurant. We want you to sit back, relax and let us do the cooking.