Gary and Brenda Connell
History of JAWS BBQ!
JAWS BBQ! INC is owned and operated by Gary, Brenda, Ben Connell, and Jessica Connell-Grose of Buckhannon, WV. We are a full-service operation specializing off-site catering, carry-out, concessions, and fundraising.
JAWS BBQ! INC was originally named Jaws Barbecue! And formed in the spring of 1998 to raise money for the Buckhannon First United Methodist Church youth mission trip to McDowell Country, WV. The first customer was The Rotary Club of Buckhannon.
In 2005 the official name was changed to JAWS BBQ! INC and remains a recognized leader in the state of West Virginia and nationally for BBQ, catering, concessions, and fundraising.
Thank You! From Gary, Owner of JAWS BBQ!
I would like to thank all my friends and family for the support that they have given me over the years as I have striven to fine-tune my many recipes.
My wife Brenda and children, Jessica Connell-Grose, Ben Connell, and son-in-law Rob Gross have been big supporters and have always had faith in my wild dreams to help me see them through – I love you all for being you!
I would be remiss if I did not thank Dave Barney for being there when I needed him. There were times when all the odds were against us, and we pulled it off! He is a true friend and mentor. And, of course, without my late mother-in-law Jean Boothe’s recipes, we would not be where we are today.
The staff I have at JAWS BBQ! INC is outstanding and very professional. As my Dad would always say, you are no better than the folks you have around you and work with every day. I am blessed with a great crew!
And, of course, a big thanks to Big Bob Connell!