We’ve all heard that saying when you’re down the shore, “Find me at DQ’s bar!” In the meantime, in between time - it’s also cookout season! What better way to bring in fireworks and beach weather than with some delicious barbecue? And what better way to add flavor to your barbecue than with a homemade sauce crafted to perfection? This is where David Quismbing comes in. Best known as DQ, he is the founder of a successful bbq sauce company called, "Mr. Q's BBQ." His story is one of hard work, dedication, and determination. Let's take a look at how he turned his passion for cooking into a thriving business.
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Mt. Holly, NJ and lived in Jersey City til i was about 3. I mostly grew up in Carteret, NJ.
What is your background in culinary arts?
My mother owned a restaurant. She used to cook all the time. She was also an amazing baker. Other people would have her bake cakes for their parties. So basically as I was growing up, I learned from observing her.
What was the inspiration behind your special sauce?
My mother is definitely the inspiration behind the sauce. I can't take credit, she invented it. Unfortunately she passed away a few years ago. Just trying to make her proud and spread her joy and happiness through her delicious creation!
What separates your product from the others?
Taste is everything! It’s sweeter than most asian sauces and marinades. Also versatility. A lot of sauces are used for a specific meat. Ours tastes great on everything. It can also be cooked in numerous ways. Grilling, sautéing, airfrying, tossing wings, stir-frying. The creations people tell me about are endless. Plus It's also a family handed-down recipe.
Where can we find your products?
The easiest way to get your hands on our products is through amazon or our website www.mrqbbq.com
What other business ventures do you have?
I own a Food Truck, Mr. Q’s Island Eats, and am partnered in an acai superfoods chain, Sweetberry Bowls. I also part own a bar, Greenrock in Hoboken, NJ, and am in the process of starting a liquor company.
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?
Do something you're passionate about. If you can turn passion into income you're on the right track. Stay focused. Don't be afraid to take risks. There is no reward without risk. Don’t let the haters bring you. There will always be negative people, and nay-sayers but don't let them discourage you. Always remember people come first, money follows. Regardless if it's a service or a product, keep your customers smiling.
To read his full article, check out his spread in the summer print issue at www.wajmagazine.com available online and in hard copy!