- About Us
Michael holding Ruby & Baleigh holding Leo
Michael McKinley - Owner: Michael is proud to be the third generation to operate a retail business out of NTX BBQ Supply's current location. Michael's father and grandfather showed him what it takes to run a small retail business focused on service!
Michael received a Marketing degree from University of Texas in Austin & spent 20 years in the corporate world including 10 years in commercial banking.
In 2016, Michael started NTX BBQ Supply & began extensive research to identify and build strategic relationships with the top Outdoor Kitchen brands that will stand behind their products. Michael has created a stress-free showroom environment where customers can view and choose the ideal products for their outdoor space.
Baleigh Hudman - Marketing Director: Baleigh grew up in the beautiful area of Lake Texoma and has been an integral part of the NTX BBQ Supply team for over 7 years. She started as the general manager, and her hard work, dedication, and passion for the business has led her to take on the role of marketing director.
Baleigh's love for the BBQ industry runs deep. Her experience and knowledge of the industry have helped NTX BBQ Supply become a leading provider of high-quality BBQ supplies and equipment. As marketing director, Baleigh is responsible for creating and executing the company's marketing strategies, ensuring that NTX BBQ Supply remains at the forefront of the industry.
In 2022, Baleigh accomplished her lifelong dream of moving to Florida. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time at the beach, soaking up the beautiful sun. She's also a proud fur mom to her beloved pets, and she loves nothing more than hanging out with them at home.
Leo & Ruby- Quality Control: These two rescue doggies are the secret to our success! They are always on hand to sniff test customers and give direct feedback on all smoked meats. NTX BBQ Supply is a big supporter of the Denison Animal Welfare Group. We encourage all our friends, family & customers to rescue their pets.
Story Behind NTX BBQ Supply
Michael always had a passion for cooking. When he was 9 years old, he would cook the whole family breakfast with omelets being his specialty. During the 20 years he lived in Central Texas, he attended BBQ competitions at the Austin, San Antonio & Houston rodeos. Most of these competition trips were to see his buddy, Carlo Casanova, compete and win. Michael also made frequent visits to Lockhart, Luling, Saltlick & the Original Rudy’s to name a few.
In the summer 2016, Michael played golf with a guy that spent the whole day talking about all the reasons why he loves his new Pellet Grill. After hearing his fanatic like passion, Michael started considering this as a viable business opportunity. He first went around to local grill stores like Home Depot and Academy to assess the customer experience. He found little service was given & staff members had minimal product knowledge. He realized that people do need help deciding the best grill or smoker for their individual needs. Michael did product research & decided that Green Mountain Grills are the best valued pellet grill on the market. he also felt their local dealer business model was perfect for downtown Denison, TX!
Carlo Cassanova - Pro Pitmaster & featured on Food Network's Chopped: GrillMasters
Michael called up his competition buddy, Carlo, getting many product recommendations including Kosmos, Meat Church, Talk Texan, GrillGrates, Pitts & Spitts, PK Grills, Fogo Charcoal, Maverick thermometers & BBQr’s Delight Pellets. It made sense to use the same rubs, sauces, injections, cooking tools, products & techniques used by top competitors. With all this…..NTX BBQ Supply was born!
What Michael loves best about his business is thinking about all the great food customers are making on a weekend, holiday or on any given day.
We invite you to “Get The Good Stuff” at NTX BBQ Supply!