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The Growers

Growing the best tomatoes requires careful tending—and timing

The fact that Cattlemen’s® BBQ Sauces are made using only thick, rich tomato paste (not watery tomato puree) means it’s critical to start with the finest tomatoes available. That’s why we insist on partnering with the best tomato farmers under the sunny California sky.

The Growers of Cattlemen’s® tomatoes are dedicated to cultivating the ideal conditions for their crop—from soil preparation, to seeding, to watering. They also embrace sustainable practices whenever possible, such as using a seedling growth method that conserves water.

Just as important to the entire growing process is when the tomatoes are picked, since ripe tomatoes are critical for creating full flavor. And having the keen insights to harvest the tomatoes at their peak of freshness is what sets Cattlemen’s® farmers apart. 

The Growers understand that they need to cultivate red, ripe tomatoes or the quality just won’t be there in the finished product. Many have been growing quality tomatoes in their families for years—with the wisdom gained in the fields being passed down to each successive generation.

But whether they’re third-generation farmers or first, all Cattlemen’s® tomato growers share one common trait: they’re steadfastly committed to helping us create the richest, most authentic BBQ sauce flavors available.


The Makers

Aiming for perfection every day

Tomatoes grown with care and harvested at their peak of ripeness are the foundation of every bottle of Cattlemen’s® BBQ Sauce. And as they journey from sunny California fields to our state-of-the-art processing facility in Springfield, Missouri, the torch is passed to the Makers to impart their care and expertise in the process.

Longtime plant employees such as Jason appreciate everything that has gone into the growing of Cattlemen’s® tomatoes. After all, perfect tomato paste makes for perfect barbeque sauce, which is exactly what Jason strives for as he mixes the main base ingredient for Cattlemen’s® BBQ Sauces. 

“My goal is to make our product right the first time, every time,” says Jason. “That’s what gives me a feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day.” Considering all the acclaim our Sauces have earned, we’d like to thank Jason for a job well done.


The Masters

Inspired by authentic, world-class BBQ flavor

If anyone can spot an imitation, it’s a barbeque lover. Even perfectly smoked meats will fall short if the BBQ sauce used is anything less than outstanding. That’s why serious BBQ craftsmen have chosen the authentic flavor of Cattlemen’s® for 50+ years. 

Crafted from tomato paste for thick, rich consistency, Cattlemen’s® inspires culinary masters to create legendary BBQ flavor. Chefs not only appreciate Cattlemen’s® many distinctive flavor profiles, but also the ability to easily customize each sauce with their own signature ingredients.

Cattlemen’s® flavor is unbeatable with ribs, brisket and other traditional mainstays. And today it’s opening a whole new world of BBQ possibilities as well. Salads, seafood and breakfast dishes are all within the flavorful realm of possibility when inspired masters Seize the ’Que.