Hasty-Bake’s Tulsa Grill Store is fired up to help every kind of barbecuer.
Jennifer Caudle at the Tulsa Grill Store
It has always been easy for Tulsans to pick up a Hasty-Bake charcoal grill — the company sells them mere feet from where they’re made.
But 17 years ago, Rich Alexander, president of Hasty-Bake, noticed the company had a problem whenever an outdoor cook wanted a grill that used anything but charcoal.
“When people called us for gas grills, we would send them to other places,” he says. “Finally, we decided to keep all grilling customers with us.”
Alexander transformed the retail store at 1313 S. Lewis Ave. into the Tulsa Grill Store, a one-stop shop for just about anything a barbecuer needs, from setting up a cooking station for the first time to finding a new way to make a familiar cut of meat pop with flavor.
The Tulsa Grill Store stocks an array of popular grill types from other brands, including an entire room of Weber grills. But a growing number of people are turning to a permanent cooking setup, says Jennifer Caudle, marketing director for Hasty-Bake. “Outdoor kitchens are now very popular,” she says. “We can design a cooking setup based on the dimensions you have available in your yard.”
Hasty-Bake makes its own spices and sauce, but the Tulsa Grill Store has an entire wall devoted to all kinds of rubs, marinades, spices and other flavorings, with an eye to showcasing local creations you might not find at the grocery store. “We’re very big on shopping local,” Caudle says. “We want to help keep money in Tulsa.”
Though spring and summer are prime grilling seasons, Caudle says it’s not unusual to field customers year-round, from professional barbecuers stocking up for a competition to dedicated cooks who aren’t about to let a little bad weather stop them from fixing a delicious steak.
Tulsa Grill Store
1313 S. Lewis Ave. | hastybake.com
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday