Our Story

Wow, we are so excited to have the opportunity to bring authentic BBQ to Northern California. Our goal here is always to provide excellent food, great drinks, and an unmatched Southern charm and ambiance. We want every one of our guests to become a part of our extended family and walk out of here with a memorable experience and a full stomach. Be careful what you wish for though…our family is CRAZY!!!

My cousin Brenden and I have been dreaming of owning a restaurant since we were kids. Quite frankly, Brenden loved to cook and I loved to eat…some things never change. We were both born in 1979, 3 months apart, and although Brenden was born first, I was always the good looking one. I grew up in Pleasanton while Brenden was raised in the South…yes this does mean he likes NASCAR (Go Junior) and he looks great in a pair of Wranglers.

I bet at this point, as long as you have not fallen asleep in a bowl of chili, you are wondering how the barbecue came to be. Well, years ago Brenden acquired a ceramic smoker which he swears by, called a “Big Green Egg.” (Ask him about it and he will probably have you buying one before you leave the restaurant). He spent years cooking and practicing the art of the Q in his backyard, eventually starting a competition BBQ team in the Atlanta area. The team scored well in several categories, most notably in the “Most Beer Consumed” category.

While Brenden was perfecting his BBQ recipes, we both took it upon ourselves to spend thousands of hours in different bars and restaurants throughout the country drinking…errrr…researching the art of the cocktail. We even made it to Kentucky to learn how to make a Mint Julep and New Orleans to research…wait what did we research in New Orleans…oh yeah, Hurricanes. Anyway, it was exhausting but rewarding.

In creating Sauced, we really wanted to bring the South to Northern California, so we literally did just that. All the wood and corrugated ceiling in here is reclaimed and shipped in from barns in Georgia and North Carolina. I even had Brenden shipped in. We opened Sauced with the invaluable help of a lot of family (our Wives, Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, Children) and friends along the way. We hope the final product is one you will want to experience over and over again for any occasion.

Thanks so much for joining us at Sauced BBQ & Spirits,

Sincerely, Barrett & Brenden