A sixth-grader at Leechburg Space Excessive Faculty is her personal sauce boss.
Emilee Kostyak, 11, of Leechburg, is founder and CEO of D&D BBQ.
At age 5, Emilee tasted her dad’s home made barbecue sauce and promptly instructed him she didn’t prefer it.
“I used to be being a bit of sassy and instructed her, ‘Go make your personal,’ ” mentioned Tim Kostyak, Emilee’s dad and the chief monetary officer of D&D BBQ.
Emilee took his recommendation to coronary heart and commenced experimenting with totally different components.
She in the end created her personal distinctive BBQ sauce and began the enterprise together with her father when she was 6.
“She did it. The following factor I knew she had opened up her culinary world,” mentioned Kostyak, of Harrison Metropolis.
Emilee mentioned her love of cooking started very early.
“I keep in mind being little and baking cookies and nearly burning my mother, so the following day she signed me up for cooking lessons,” Emilee mentioned.
Emilee created three signature BBQ flavors: Devils Kiss, Smoky Spicy Garlic and Emilee’s Potion.
They promote for $8 a quart.
She mentioned her not-so-secret ingredient is Dr Pepper.
“I exploit two cups per batch. It was my favourite drink after I was little,” she mentioned.
The sugar within the Dr Pepper contributes to a pleasant caramelization course of and offers ribs and brisket a pleasant crust, Tim mentioned.
The highest-selling taste is Emilee’s Potion, the mildest of the sauces. Clients wanting extra kick search out Devils Kiss, described as very spicy.
“It feels good each time somebody buys sauce,” Emilee mentioned. “I really feel so excited!”
D&D sells about 20 quarts every week, and Emilee normally cooks in her dad’s kitchen after college on Wednesdays.
“The onions, they’re the toughest half. They get me,” mentioned Emilee of the cooking course of.
The daddy/daughter duo mentioned the enterprise ramped up manufacturing when Emilee was 8 years outdated.
She fashioned an LLC final December and has set her sights on constructing her model.
“Now we see that that is truly a factor. It’s going to take off,” mentioned Emilee’s step-mother, Leanne Kostyak, who assists with high quality assurance.
Plans are underway to remodel the basement at her dad’s residence right into a professional-grade kitchen/manufacturing facility.
D&D operates out of a Pennsylvania-licensed kitchen in Harrison Metropolis, and Emilee splits her time equally between her mother’s residence in Leechburg and her dad’s residence in Harrison Metropolis.
Her home made sauces can be found by ordering on the D&D BBQ Fb web page and are offered at Allusion Brewing Co. in Vandergrift.
Allusion Brewing Co. makes use of Emilee’s Potion because the unique sauce for his or her nachos.
Robert Buchanan, co-owner of Allusion Brewing, mentioned his prospects often inquire about the kind of sauce used within the nachos, they usually all the time ask for “extra sauce.”
“We inform them Emilee’s story, and it normally ends with some sauce going residence with them,” Buchanan mentioned.
D&D is utilized in rooster wings served at Bob’s Place in Jamestown. The Moonlight Inn in Vandergrift featured Emilee’s sauce as a visitor sauce on their menu.
Emilee’s mother, Caylee Hill, mentioned her daughter’s ardour for cooking actually has blossomed.
“We love to listen to about how her enterprise is rising. Emilee is fierce, sturdy and full of fireplace,” Hill mentioned. “She will’t be held again as a result of her ardour burns brighter than her fears.”
Emilee mentioned constructing the enterprise is a purpose.
“I wish to be within the grocery retailer someday and see my sauces there on the shelf,” Emilee mentioned.
When Emilee isn’t within the kitchen, she enjoys enjoying Harry Potter Lego, softball and portray.
Emilee mentioned she’s saving up her earnings (she earns $2 from every quart offered) for a particular journey.
“I’d wish to go to Mexico or Florida,” she mentioned.