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Everett & Jones Barbeque was started by Dorothy Everett with her eight daughters, one son and one son-in-law (Jones) in Oakland, California in 1973. And from the beginning, the family business has received the kind of critical acclaim that a press agent would kill for. Everett & Jones has grown to include locations in Hayward, Oakland and Berkeley.
A 1979 cover story on barbeque in New West magazine, called Everett & Jones the barbeque against which all others anywhere must be judged.
Of the sauce, author Charlie Haas wrote, "...defies the odds against such things with a successful mixture of heady fruit-sweetness and peppery clout."
Greg Johnson and Vince Staten, in their 1988 guide to the nation's best barbeque joints and sauces declared that Everett and Jones sauce was 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."
Today, many of Dorothy’s children and even grandchildren are leading the business into the future.