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2017 Wrap Up

Wrap Up 2017:

Welcome to year #5 for Above the Coals BBQ/Grill Seasonings! I’ve always enjoyed the yearly wrap up, so let’s dig in!

I think back to 2012/2013 when the conversation started about making my own seasoning and I NEVER in a million years would have believed that we’d be in year # 5 with revenues on the rise and the customer base expanding. Here is a current state of the union and where we are headed in 2018!


So many factors come into play when we decide what direction to go in with retail. The one major aspect that we see changing is….shipping. The USPS and ALL major carriers have raised their pricing on shipments that are overnight, ground, Priority or First Class. It doesn’t make us happy to say that we are going back to prices with shipping. Sorry. (But, I have a solution.)

My solution to continue to grow our business is to offer monthly incentives in different ways to offset the increase in shipping and to throw in a little “extra.” For instance, some months (and we’ll do something every month this year and see how it goes), we’ll do monthly coupon codes for a % off your entire order. Also, we’ll be throwing in some “extra” at above the retail price so you’ll make out better in the end. In addition, I want to put in some extra products on certain months. So, if you spend a certain amount, you’ll get (X) product free with your order. I know that as our company has grown, so have the quantities that customers are buying. With that said, I’ll be featuring “extra quantities” over and above what you order on some months! So, there may be a month that you order a pound of Classic and you get 1.5 pounds or more! I feel better knowing that the customers that we serve and will serve will be getting a superior value and service for your money!


Wow…there is a lot to be said here…But I won’t bore you. (It’s a wrap up, not a novel.)

The past year has seen a few new customers that have done great with our products in their retail delis, butcher shops and catering businesses. As of now, we are on our 3rd menu change at Taphouse 15 in Jefferson, NJ. They’re using our seasonings and craft mustards that we distribute to enhance their menu items. The feedback has been great and we’d love to be on more menus.  Meanwhile in Missouri, yes MO (you didn’t read that wrong), Above the Coals is on the menu at Mount Carmel Senior Living in O’Fallon, MO under Chef Mark Rodriguez. We’ve been working with them for almost a year at this point.

We want to thank all our partners who have chosen us to be on their menus and also on their shelves. We are very excited to see where our wholesale business goes in ’18.

If you want to bring in quality products that offer a nice margin and also a distributed line of  mustards, please email us via the “contact us” tab and let’s get some product in your stores!

New Products:

Yes, I’ve already started. I can’t say what it is, but the few people that have tried it locally say that it’s super tasty and has amazing flavors. Flavors that we haven’t used in the past. Also, it isn’t red…no paprika, no smoked paprika…nada…

Pepper powder is coming to the website soon. No ETA at this point, but it will be a web only product we are thinking.

Dried peppers will be available as well. We’ll be selling the same peppers that we grow, dehydrate and grind up to add to our blends. Again, a web only product. No ETA as well.

Sauce…no comment at this time.

Be on the look out via our Facebook, G+, Twitter and Instagram pages for updates on what we are doing as well as monthly offers and specials.

As we wrap up 2017 and head into 2018, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the loyal support of our customers (retail and wholesale). Thank you very much and may 2018 bring you peace and prosperity as well!

Chris and Beth

Where can you find us?

Pennington Quality Market 
Pennington, NJ

Taphouse 15 
Jefferson, NJ

oKaysions Katering
Alpha, NJ

Mount Carmel Senior Living
O’Fallon, MO

Arctic Foods
Washington, NJ

Barry’s Appliance and TV
Bridgewater, NJ

Rath’s Deli
Stewartsville, NJ

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Mason Jar Madness!!


Has Summer arrived?

With the weather finally starting to break (who thought it would be in the upper 50’s on May 29th in NJ), it looks like we can start to settle into that thing called SUMMER!

Instagram Mason

Celebrate Dad’s with something other than a tie…

Putting Memorial Day in the rear view mirror, we can now look forward to Father’s Day and the 4th of July.  I thought it would be a great time to do a MAJOR SALE on Mason Jars and also our 3 pack of New Retail Shakers!Retail 3 Pack

ALL Mason Jars (Clear)
Our Mason Jars hold approx 12 ounces (approx from seasoning to seasoning) and are available in the following:


Click on any of the blends above and the link will take you to our Square Marketplace where the jars are on sale, or just purchase from the “Add to Cart” buttons below. 

We’ve made it easy for you to pick up your Mason Jars (Clear and in the Blue and Green color) in this post!!

Check out right from here!!

Heritage Series Green Mason

Heritage Series Blue Mason






Color :
Blend :

Pint Mason

16 ounce Mason






Blend :

For a whole list of descriptions of how our seasonings taste, check out the main page at, and if you are unsure of what to get, you can always get our product called “The Sampler” on our Square site here in any configuration!


Black Shaker-1As a bonus, any Mason jar or food pouch that is purchased this weekend will receive a empty (no labeled) shaker to put some seasoning in….FREE!!! Order 2 jars, get 2 shakers and so on and so on…..

Happy early Father’s Day to all the Dads out there and give them something different this year…seasoning is a nice change from that tie that gets worn once and then thrown in the back of the closet.

What dad doesn’t like cooking on the grill?

Get him some today! You’ll thank us later… (SALE ends 6/9/14 at 10 pm EST)


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BBQ delight – the perfect gift!

Thinking back…

When a great sale comes up we tend to talk a lot about the past and where we were, and where we are now. In April of this year, we launched this delicious product which has transformed how many grill/smoke/BBQ. With Black Friday and the holiday’s fast approaching, we wanted to have some aggressive pricing for this sale as it we did in April when we launched ATC.

Some of the things that you have to look at when we were developing this product were the following:

(Remember these when you are shopping in the spice aisle…)

  • Do they use fresh ingredients? I doubted that….so we decided there was no other way. All fresh!
  • Do you know what those chunky things are in those mixes on the shelf that you are getting for short money? I had no clue…so I developed ATC!
  • Do you know when the bottle on the shelf was made? It is fresh? We didn’t think so….so we make your seasoning FRESH when you order it and get it out the very next day!
  • Do you enjoy your food KNOWING what you put on it/in it/around it is 100% fresh, when it was made and that it’s made with the passion of doing it all by hand.

ATC is 100% handcrafted and we would have it no other way. Our process is what gives you a seasoning that you can look at and enjoy the taste either from the jar or on your fare!

Get this deal this week and pick up one for the person that is tough to buy for this Holiday Season! Pick up $45 worth and receive free shipping!!

For a full description of what each blend’s description is, follow this link to our Facebook Page.

16 ounce Mason Above 16 ounce Mason

Signature Classic:

Product size: 12.5 ounces



2 Alarm:

Product size: 12 ounces



The 617:

Product size: 12 ounces

Not in production in this size any longer.


Carolina Heat Wave:

Product size: 11 ounces


IMG_9930Classic Pile

Carolina Pile 2 Alarm Pile

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