Founded in 1986 by Mack and Charlie Thomas, MacQue’s Barbecue began with a dream of serving the best barbeque and sauces for their community. Starting out in the industrial buildings in South Sacramento, Mack began his grass roots effort to build the brand through catering. He spent the next few years establishing MacQue’s as the premier catering company in the region, including playing a major part in the development of quality vendors for the Olympics Trials in 2000.
That is how MacQue’s Barbeque was born. The first location started in 1986 serving walk up and drive up traffic for just a few days a week. Because it wasn’t in an area to be seen from the road, through word of mouth through the community, it turned into the area’s best kept secret.
After years of service in the United States Marine Corp and a career in law enforcement, Mack always dreamed of opening his own restaurant. When the opportunity presented itself to expand the business into the adjoining store front, the family took it. In 1991, Mack and Charlie responded to the demand of the community by opening their first restaurant location. With family and friends always eager to come by when Mack was barbecuing, the groundwork was set and the business became a local favorite. This small, “hole in the wall” has provided quality-smoked meats, scratch made side orders and their fabulous varieties of barbeque sauces to the area for almost three decades.
On August 13, 2019 MacQue’s BBQ opened its second location in Elk Grove with a large launch and community support and has experienced steady and continual growth since then. With the expansion into this second location, MacQue’s now has its eye on franchised growth across the nation and even internationally. MacQue’s has successfully established itself as one of the area’s best barbecue restaurants and catering services providing amazing food to the public.