First Farmers Market

Hello! This last weekend The Spicy Tavern was setup in Peoria, AZ at the farmers market. It was the first time we have had a setup like that at any market. For our first one, it went pretty good! We had lots of people stop by and just talk BBQ. We also had quite a few things purchased that I am really excited to get the feedback at the next market. We will be setup every Saturday through April. After that, I am hoping we can join the inside farmers market too. As we get established in Peoria, I know good things will happen! Thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hello


Kobe Bryant

When I learned about what happened with Kobe Bryant and all the others on the helicopter it hit me pretty hard. Growing up I was a Lakers fan. Back in the days of Magic, Nick Van Exel and then Kobe came in right after high school. Kobe was amazing on the court. My absolute favorite time of the NBA is when Shaq and Kobe played on the Lakers. I have always told everyone that my favorite player ever, is Kobe.

I moved to Denver in 2003. Carmelo’s first year in Denver too. I hate to admit this, but I switched to a Nuggets fan. Carmelo was so much fun to watch and I lived in Denver where ticket prices were decent priced. The first year they made the playoffs and I got to go to a playoff game. Carmelo quickly became my 2nd favorite player. When the Nuggets and Lakers played each other, I always had to watch the game. My two favorite teams and players coming together to play a game.

One of my best friends in life, Nick, we would go to see Kobe and Carmelo play against each other. I moved back to Lincoln, however, we made a yearly trip to be in Denver and attend the Lakers game. The Lakers always had a great fan base at the games. Sometimes it was pretty close to 50/50. I’ll never forget all those games we went to. While I might of had my Nuggets gear on, I was always cheering Kobe on deep down. The biggest disappoint one year was when Kobe didn’t play. Nick and I were both so heart broken over it.

Looking back at those times, it was special to see Kobe play. It also meant a lot to me to have that time with my friend, Nick. What great memories I have all those trips we made.


More about my wife and I

Our story starts when we met in Denver, CO in 2013. Jennifer and I right away realized we had one true love in common. FOOD! I have always loved to cook. After talking Jennifer into waiting outside in freezing weather on a Black Friday, I finally got a smoker that I had my eye on. And my cooking skills really started to show.

After getting married in 2016, we have been focusing a lot on food. Jennifer was jumping in and together we started coming up with some really great recipes. We happened to see a commercial smoker for sale that was almost too good to be true. After buying it and running our first items through the smoker, we realized we had something really good happening. Cooking for our family and friends (especially BBQ), we realized that we had great food and some really great recipes.

We met Ron who owned Oyster Bay restaurant in downtown Deadwood, SD and he loved our food too! Being that Oyster Bay is a seafood restaurant, we came up with The Spicy Tavern to be a pop-up tavern inside of Oyster Bay. The Spicy Tavern would specialize in BBQ. Just like that The Spicy Tavern was born. People not only loved our food, but all our rubs, sauces and mixes. We started not only selling BBQ but also our own line of products.

Soon after finding out that we were having a son, we were told of his rare heart condition, ToF, that necessitated moving to Phoenix, AZ for him to have specialized care. His condition taught us just how quickly life can change in a heart beat. We are excited to grow in the Phoenix area and build our business from the ground up again. Having gone through what we have, we are excited to share our story.