The Santa Maria Valley is located on the Central Coast of California. The valley is home to an agricultural farming and ranching community with a strong sense of camaraderie and a love of barbecue. The roots of this barbecue tradition date back to the mid-1800s when the town was new and all the hills were scattered with cattle. Ranchers would cater Spanish-style feasts every spring for their vaqueros and their families and friends. Large chunks of beef were skewered over earthen pits of red oak, a tree which grows abundant throughout the valley. The meal would be completed with native pinquito beans, salad, and garlic bread.
JD Fabrications BBQ is family owned and operated in Santa Maria by husband and wife team JD and Lauren Sinor. They are both Santa Maria natives deeply rooted in the area. Growing up in Santa Maria Valley means eating a fair share of this local delicacy. Every warm weekend is filled with at least one grill day where you're surrounded by savory aromas, great food and company. The camaraderie and sense of community that cooking over an open fire with family and friends brings is just as much a part of their lives as it was for the families of the mid-1800s.
The story of JD Fabrications begins in 2010 while JD was attending college at CSU Northridge. He was studying Kinesiology while commuting 3 hours home to Santa Maria, CA on the weekends to fund his tuition by building grills in his parents 2 car garage and selling them on Craigslist. You would often see him commuting back to Northridge, towing a small trailer stacked with grills down the 101 South behind his Subaru sedan.
When JD graduated CSUN in 2013 he strongly contemplated a career in Physical Therapy. He knew he didn't have the money for PT school and struggled with the fact that he would be choosing to start a career burdened by huge student loan debt. Entrepreneurial at heart, JD decided to take a year off from school and give his trusty little grill fabrication business all he had. In 2014 his fiance Lauren had just graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She agreed to provide her sales and marketing expertise to the start-up full time.
In April 2014 they opened their doors officially in a small, 1500 square foot warehouse with very minimal homemade equipment. They worked hard and concentrated on providing personalized customer service while perfecting their product. Meanwhile, they saved each year to purchase machinery to make their product better and their process more efficient.
Today they are home to a fully equipped grill manufacturing facility. They provide top notch, personalized customer service, tried and true designs built from thick, quality materials. They offer an assortment of steel and stainless grill options in various styles and custom sizes so customers can get exactly what they need. They ship anywhere in the US, and all grills come fully welded and assembled.
JD and Lauren love sharing their local barbecue tradition. They hope that the flavorful foods that come off their grills and the good company and conversations shared with family and friends are the best part of every customer experience.