House of BBQ Experts is a dynamic young team with a common passion: the grill
House of BBQ Experts is a Montreal, Quebec-based company that offers BBQ products, knowledge, support and more. Max and JP Lavoie, two young visionaries from the Quebec City area, cofounded the company.
The Lavoie brothers completely dedicated their lives to perfecting grilling techniques, and have been working with different types of BBQs since being teenagers. Their father passed on his love, knowledge and secrets for grilling to the boys, who went on to lead a successful business.
True gourmets and foodies, Max and JP then decided to rely on quality barbecues, amazing techniques, accessories and tools to promote their barbecue culture and lifestyle. In 2012, they created their own company: BBQ Quebec.
They opened their first store in Ste-Foy (Quebec City area) in 2014. Since then they began offering personalized service to barbecue enthusiasts, from beginners to professionals. There’s now six official BBQ Quebec stores, all located in the province of Quebec. The originality of this concept proved popular with BBQ enthusiasts. As a result, the stores and the brand rapidly gained notoriety. Their motto? Changing the world, one barbecue at a time.
House of BBQ Experts expansion
Full of ideas and always on the move, Max and JP recently decided to extend their offer to the rest of North America.
“Our flavors, all the way from Quebec, Canada, are now available across North America through the House of BBQ Experts line. Now everyone can enjoy high-end quality products at very reasonable prices.”
– JP Lavoie, Vice President
Max Lavoie and Pierre-Luc Darveau landed in this issue of Hearth and Home Magazine, showcasing their 2019 VESTA Award win, at the HPBExpo in Dallas, Tx, for Best BBQ Accessory, the All-in-1.
Max wins first place in the ”burger” category in the March 2020 edition of World Food Championship in New Orleans, LA, and the first place overall recognition for Quebec in the ”Taste of Canada” contest, with his ‘Surf N’ Turf’ burger!
His win qualifies him for the prestigious World Food Championships finale.
This latest achievement, much on the creativity front, came from years of experience grilling in front of the camera, at events, for customers and family. With numerous participations on the international scene and awards received at various BBQ competitions around the world, Max Lavoie is never short of ideas to marry fire and flavors!
As such, he was recently recognized as one of North America’s Top 10 BBQ Experts. The article features our House of BBQ Experts’ BBQ Guru, Max Lavoie, amongst the Franklin, Mixon, Goldwyn and Raichlen of the world…
In April, Statista, a research company, compiled the Financial Times Americas’ ranking. The FT highlights 500 businesses who distinguished themselves with their compound growth rate in revenue the past four years. House of BBQ Experts and BBQ Québec are proud to be listed on this prestigious ranking. This nomination is a testament to hard work and everyone’s dedication.
For two consecutive years, BBQ Québec & House of BBQ Experts are recognized on the annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. The 2020 Growth List ranks the company #141 and 7th in the country, in the retail space. With a jump of 74 points over last year, the company is proud to share a 660% increase based on five-year revenue growth.
“The efforts and engagement of every staff member is the real win. We would have never achieved this success without the trust clients put in our team. In an industry thought of as being seasonal, it’s incredible to see that we can share our passion for BBQ all 4 seasons of the year.”
– Max Lavoie, President
About House of BBQ Experts
House of BBQ Experts was unveiled in 2017 and is already well-known in North America. Three cofounders manage House of BBQ Experts and BBQ Québec. The Lavoie brothers, Max, JP and also Ariane Lefebvre, a woman CEO leading the company in a traditionally male-dominated industry. The company’s leadership has cultivated an open and creative atmosphere as they move forward towards growth and success. For years, the Lavoie Brothers dedicated their lives to BBQ culture, attending international BBQ competitions. They’ve perfected their grilling techniques and professional use of different types of BBQs along with developing their proprietary line of rubs, sauces, accessories and fuel types. They also offer 4 ‘ready-to-grill’ grocery products which are available in hundreds of grocery stores in Quebec, Canada.
Today, with their products being available in over 1000 points of sales in Canada, the USA and e-commerce, the BBQ Québec and House of BBQ Experts teams continue living their passion and sharing their mission : “Together, changing the world, one bbq at a time.”
About the 2020 Growth List
For over 30 years, the Growth List has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year growth, the Growth List profiles the country’s most successful growing businesses. The Growth List is produced by Canadian Business.
About Canadian Business
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BBQ EXPERTS TEAM Talents, professionalism and dedication
Pierre-Luc is a brand ambassador for House of BBQ experts… but he wasn’t always the food-loving type of guy. “When I was young, I was so picky about food. I only ate peanut butter toast! It changed around the age of 14 when my dad started smoking meat on the BBQ. I became very interested in different types of foods.” A very sad event changed Pierre-Luc’s life forever: The death of his mother. “I was 21 when my mother passed away. Around that time my dad bought me a large barbecue. It forced me to start eating different kinds of meat and fish. By making my own food on the BBQ, I actually started to eat better.”
Pierre-Luc’s passion for the barbecue was growing, and it wouldn't stop. So much that he began to buy multiple barbecues to get to know them better, and then sell them again. “I bought and sold about 25 BBQs!”