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Nearly a century ago . . .

1934 Texas BBQ




The history of 1934 BBQ Sauce is as rich and tantalizing as the sauce itself.

The story in Waco, Texas in 1934, when Syrian and Lebanese immigrants formed a local organization (The Waco Syrian Lebanese club) to enjoy friendship and raise money for local charities.

Club members hosted their first BBQ fundraising dinner to raise money for building a club house and local charities. 

The inaugural barbecue was so successful, it became the association’s much-anticipated annual fundraising event, feeding hundreds of thousands of Central Texans over the next six decades.

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Annual BBQ Dinner . . .

In the beginning there was no acknowledged method to cooking brisket. Club members experimented cooking the meat “low and slow,” and are considered some of the Texas pioneers in creating the technique most use today.

Event organizers wanted to offer barbecue sauce to complement the meal, but bottled sauce was not available at the neighborhood grocery stores in 1934.

A sauce was made and became a mainstay of the meal from the first barbecue in 1934 until the last barbecue the association hosted in 1991.

In 2017, Fredrick Khoury and his wife Sandee started the company 1934 to produce the club’s “Original” sauce as well as to pay homage to the year the sauce debuted at the first Waco Syrian Lebanese Club’s barbecue.

Today 1934 manufactures the club’s “Original” sauce the same today as it was made in 1934 along with three additional flavors as well as their Internationally award winning Bloody Mary mix and Season mix.

Some say “new” is better… at 1934 we believe that what may have come first is still the best. 

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