Knackies has its roots in the tiny community of Inman, Kansas. Kay Knackstedt started a small commercial bakery in her home in 1990. Then, due to customer requests, she started catering on a part-time basis. Steve, Kay’s husband, was pouring sauce and basting ribs in the evenings to help the little business. Only five years later, Steve decided to enter the business on a full time basis.

Thus started, Knackies BBQ-Deli & Bakery in the hometown of Inman. It was a small eatery with dine-in and carry-out service.

Meanwhile, Steve secretly went to work in the kitchen developing a “house” BBQ sauce. In order to meet customer demand, the sauce was bottled in easily accessible “bear” bottles with flip top lids. Thus the name Bear-B-Cue!

Between the family responsibilities (yes, we have three boys: Jade, Dawson and Baxter) and the sauce business, it was decided to close the small eatery in November of 1999. We could stretch ourself only so far.

We continued to cater full-time for parties of 25 to 1000 and average 4 to 6 caterings per day. Almost 16 years later we are still bottling our own “Bear-B-Cue” sauce in four flavors and currently have distributors across the country.

In June 2001, we purchased a larger building 111 S. Maple, McPherson, making this our full time restaurant.

We want to thank you for your business. We truly appreciate each of our customers. Our goal is to provide you with an excellent meal and exceptional service. We are here to serve you, our Customers!