Meet Our Co-Founders & Award Winning Pit Masters
Robert & Lynn Entrekin have been culinary competitors since the 1990s. Their love of food and huge competitive spirit fueled the creation of Spices Smokehouse Catering, the makers of Smokehouse Crackers.
In the beginning these two foodies competed on the national BBQ circuit winning awards and honing their culinary skills. During that time they were ask to organize and cook for local fund raisers and Lynn was ask to use her logistic background to help organize banquets for charities. All of the experience they gained from competing was what led her open their catering business in 2003. Creating delicious food with beautiful presentation was what made Spices Smokehouse Catering a success.
Food was the beginning of their story, paying it forward is the fuel that keeps it moving.
Giving back is at the a core of the Smokehouse team. Over the years, Spices has provided thousands of holiday meals to those in need, served over 10,000 troops returning from service, and every June they cook BBQ at Floyd E. Tut Fann Veteran's Home to show appreciation to the Veterans for their service to our country.
In 2022 the team raised 10,000 for Children's Hospital of Alabama with the sale of their Limited Edition Holiday Cracker.
The Smokehouse Cracker team is also 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.
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.
Smokehouse Crackers were born from a recipe that was shared with Lynn way back in early 2000. With their culinary backgrounds they took that recipe and perfected it to a flavor that gained popularity with their friends and family. That was the original Spicy flavor and the beginning of something great to come. Lynn introduced her crackers to catering clients, serving them with appetizers and as toppings for casseroles. They kept asking where they could buy them and she quickly realized the potential for that little spicy cracker. From there, Smokehouse Crackers became wildly popular, and Lynn knew she had to keep making them but the demands of a successful catering business didn't allow time to grow a new business.
Lynn's dream of retiring from catering one day hit a new turn in 2020 with Corvid shut downs. That's when she decided it was time to pivot from catering to full time snack manufacturing. Since 2020 they have added BBQ, Garlic Parmesan and Pizza to the flavor line up and an additional Snack Pack size. With irresistible flavors and a satisfying crunch, these crackers are perfect for any occasion. Lynn says it's been a huge learning curve shifting from catering to manufacturing and distribution but it's worth every minuet of the climb.