SACRAMENTO – Move over KC, a local man says his sauce is the real masterpiece, with the power to turn any cook into a grill master.
Jamille Armodi, along with his brother Michael Goree, are trying to take their product, Smokin Go’s BBQ Sauce, to the next level.
“We’ve only reached a fraction of our targeted market. Demand for our sauce is outgrowing our ability to supply,” Armodi explained.
They’ve taken to the Internet in a quest to raise funds for manufacturing, using the Kickerstarter Project. Through Kickstarter, companies and individuals can seek people who want to help bring their business dreams to fruition.
“We have a stated goal of $8,000,” Armodi said.
Should they reach that goal in pledged donations, he adds, they’ll be able to handle the first batch of sauce to be distributed to area stores. At press time they’d received $1,292 in pledges. The fund-raising campaign runs through September 2. Armodi says if they don’t reach their goal, none of those who pledged to donate will be charged anything.
Those who donate at different monetary levels are being offered a variety of incentives. Incentives include bottles of sauce, copies of the Smoking Go’s cookbook of family recipes, a year’s supply of their signature barbecue rub, and a catered barbecue meal.
Products in the Smoking Go’s Fine Foods line include hot wing sauce, an all-purpose sauce, a spice rub, and buttermilk waffle batter. For now, the company is focusing on the manufacturing on their two-award winning sauces— an 18 ounce Original Mild sauce and an 18 ounce Smoking Hot BBQ sauce. The savory sauces, Armodi said, are a nod to his grandmother’s style of cooking. The promotional video on Kickstarter.com says it’s a blend of Louisiana and Carolina flavors.
The sauce has been a hit with cooks at varying levels of barbecue mastery, from bonafide chefs to backyard novices.
“It’s the forgiving sauce; you can burn the meat up, but our sauce will bring it back,” Armodi said.
Many have tasted the sauce through the brothers’ catering endeavors. They are also known locally as the owners of the Goree’s BBQ restaurant that was opened in the early 2000s on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Michael Goree has also been the chef at Jazzy Blues Café in West Sacramento.
Armodi is optimistic about raising the necessary funds. But should they fall short of their goal, he won’t be drowning himself in his own sauce. The experience he says, has brought exposure they wouldn’t have had without it.
For more information, call (916) 617-7404, or to make a pledge, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/smokingos/smokin-gos-sauces-and-seasonings.