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Was started by Dorothy Everett with her eight daughters, one son and one son-in-law (Jones) in Oakland, California in 1973.


Dorothy and her husband Cleveland were born and came of age in rural Alabama, in a small town named Westpoint. With three children and another on the way, the family decided to seek new opportunity in California. In 1952, Cleveland Everett departed Alabama first to find work and a place for the family to live and Dorothy followed later with the children. Eight years later Dorothy and Cleveland separated leaving Dorothy to care for the children.

Annie Everett-Jones was the only daughter married at the time, so the family named the new restaurant Everett & Jones Barbeque. The business began as a family enterprise and continues that way today.


With little money for advertising, the family depended on word of mouth to bring in customers. Family members fanned out in the neighborhood passing out fliers and giving free samples to local bars and business establishments.

Greg Johnson and Vince Staten, in their valuable 1988 guide to the nation’s best barbeque joints and sauces, titled Real Barbecue, declare that Everett and Jones sauce is the best in medium and hot varieties. they write, “The sauce is very sweet, almost fruity and very smoky, with a persistent perspiration factor that builds with each bite.


The business continues to grow. The strategy for growth combines professionalizing its business operations while moving into retail food product distribution and expanding the geographical location of its restaurant units. “Today, many of Dorothy’s children are at the helm of the business, and a number of her grandchildren are moving into positions of leadership to see the business into the future.


Dorothy Everett’s vision and hard work have given her the means to provide for her family. She says, “I thought that I would never earn more than $3.00 an hour. With nine children, I always believed that God would make a way for us. I had a dream. I wanted to build something that my children could fall back on. He answered my prayers.”