Dustin Stonner grew up in Kansas City, Mo., home of the American Royal World Series of Barbeque, one of the country’s biggest barbeque celebrations and arguably the largest barbeque competition in the world.
“Barbeque is very much culture where I grew up,” said Dustin, who also worked alongside internationally trained chefs.
This lucky combination resulted in Uncle D’s BBQ, a line of tasty barbeque sauces that Dustin started a year-and-a-half ago, and has since grown exponentially.
In a commercial kitchen in Wailua, Dustin makes his magical recipes that produce two barbeque sauces — the Original and the Hot & Spicy — that he sells in 15 stores islandwide. He also makes three seasonal sauces that can only be purchased online or at the Kukui‘ula Farmers Market in Po‘ipu on Wednesday. Starting this month, he’ll also sell his sauces at Kaua‘i Community College Farmers Market on Saturday.
“I’m really stoked about KCC market, ‘cause I’ll be able to prepare food there,” he said.
In the KCC market, besides the barbeque sauces, Dustin will sell his Uncle D’s vegan wraps and hummus that are already a big hit at Hoku Foods Natural Market in Kapa‘a. He may also sell sliders and rice bowls at the market.
Most of his ingredients are organic and, whenever possible, locally grown. Dustin likes to visit farms he deals with, to check out how they grow their produce. He likes to make sure he’s getting food produced sustainably, with fair trade, organically or with best practices. Basically, he wants to deal with farmers who are not abusing workers and harming the Earth.
The catalyst for Uncle D’s BBQ was Dustin’s circle of friends. Once they found out about Dustin’s talents, usually over a barbeque, they would ask him for a bottle of his magical concoction.