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Daily Inspiration: Meet Amanda Jackson and Matthew Avila

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Jackson and Matthew Avila.

Hi Amanda and Matthew, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Scout’s Honor BBQ was dreamt up while we were working together with several different brands and restaurants. We bonded over our years of experience in working and managing restaurants + our love for the creativity and art that comes with building a delicious menu. We’ve both been passionate about the goal of owning and operating our own space, and right off the bat starting creating Scout’s Honor BBQ.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not entirely. Between finding a space, a global pandemic, and the standard stress of starting up a restaurant, we definitely struggled. But we were pretty proud of ourselves for getting started in the middle of the pandemic–being delivery and take out only actually helped us throughout all the mandates and protocols.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Our smoked meats are the basis of our entire menu and we are so proud of the flavor, depth, tenderness and creativity that goes into each of our items. Our unique flavor profiles, mixed with some sweet heat, are paired in such a way that we feel has us stand apart from other BBQ places. We also took inspiration from childhood dishes that we loved growing up. Like our Chili is based off of a recipe Amanda’s grandfather used to make, with her little spin of adding roasted poblano chilies and guajillo chilies. Guest favorites are also our Potato Salad and Country Cabbage with Bacon. Each side we created, was made not only to pair well with our smoked meats, but can also be enjoyed on its own. We are constantly working to bring our customers the best flavors right out of the smoker and have created a menu that complements our meats without overshadowing them. We also feel it’s important to connect with our community. We partnered with the local Boy Scouts of America and held a couple of fundraisers to help support their troops. We also work with our local first responders by offering them discounts and have an ongoing donation option on our website, (Buy a First Responder a Brisket Breakfast Burrito), where our guests can donate a breakfast burrito to local firefighters, police, paramedics etc., at a discounted price.  At the end of the month, we do a personal delivery of the donated burritos at selected first responder locations.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Our amazing friends and family who have always supported us throughout our entire careers especially when we opened and started Scouts Honor BBQ. We wouldn’t be where we are without them!

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