Meet The Founders
Robert & Lynn Entrekin have been culinary competitors since the 1990's. Their love of food and huge competitive spirit fueled the creation of Spices Smokehouse, the makers of Smokehouse Crackers.
The award-winning chefs founded their catering company in 2003, as a result of cooking for local fundraisers. They realized that attention to detail and great food was needed and that they could support the community with their experience.
Giving back to their community has remained a core value to the Entrekins and their team. Over the years Spices has served over 10,000 troops returning from service, provided thousands of holiday meals to those in need, and every year they celebrate veterans with a Day of BBQ at a local Veterans Home.
The Smokehouse team has also been very involved in disaster relief, working with many different organizations over the years. They use their expertise in high volume cooking to provide thousands of meals to people impacted by hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters.
A Winning Idea...
The Entrekins never dreamed that a bite of a spicy cracker would change their life. However, when Lynn's friend Lois shared that little cracker, she knew she needed to have the recipe.
Of course, being the competitors that they are, they had to put their own twist on it and added their unique blend of seasonings to the recipe. They faced a tough audience when they auditioned their recipe on their BBQ competition family. Over time, they tweaked the ingredients until they perfected the Original Spicy flavor they have become known for.
Soon cracker madness began with everyone asking them to bring crackers to informal gatherings and cooking contest. With a catering business in place, they had the facility and proper permits to start selling them locally, and at events.
Lynn continued to make the crackers, selling them online for years, but never really thought of them as a fulltime business. In 2015 when they were looking to diversify, Robert said, "you just need to sell those crazy crackers that everybody loves!"
After years of being on the back burner, they knew it was time to make the snack everybody loves widely available. In 2015 Spices Smokehouse, LLC was granted FDA permits for wholesale distribution. Spices Smokehouse Crackers can be found in retail locations all across the country.
Spices Smokehouse Crackers have received 2 Awards of Excellence from the National BBQ and Grilling Association in the Snack Category.