By Jonas Weir
Like many rural Missouri men, Jim Jeffries is a deer hunter and a barbecue enthusiast.
Over the years, he’s experimented with seasonings and rubs, but in 2004, he struck gold—black kettle gold.
Originally designed for wild game, especially venison, his seasoning blend turned out to be good on nearly everything, and his friends and family said Jim should market it. Thus, Black Kettle Seasonings was born.
Now, eleven years later, Jim is still at it and has added two new varieties of his seasoning: Lacinda’s Smoky Blend and Jimmy’s Sweet Blend. But Jim still says the original is his favorite.
“This sounds a little weird, but I carry around a little backpacker salt-and-pepper shaker with me because I like it better than salt and pepper,” he says. “I just take it with me everywhere and use it on about everything I eat, everything except for ice cream or jello.”
Recently, Jim had hip and knee replacements, so the company has slowed down its marketing efforts. However, you can still find Black Kettle Seasonings at the Silver Dollar City general store in Branson and online at blackkettleseasonings.com.