Get Egg-Cited at The BBQ Store and More

Customers at The BBQ Store and More, 17007 Doty Road in New Haven, Ind., will find plenty of grills and accessories. One grilling item in particular tends to spark their attention.

The Big Green Egg is a versatile outdoor cooker that’s described as a complete outdoor cooking system. It is such a beloved item that The BBQ Store and More has built an annual event around it.

BGE Fest, on June 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is an event where egg-sperts fire up dozens of Big Green Eggs to grill a variety of dishes, and visitors can take advantage of delicious samples and savings.

“It’s somewhat of an open house, so we’ll offer 10% storewide discounts,” says Darren Schmuker, the store’s manager. “Cookers cook up all kinds of samples, from breakfast foods in the morning to every type of meat available.”

A tradition at The BBQ Store and More since 2008, BGE Fest has become a popular event. But Darren doesn’t just sell Big Green Eggs. He’s also a passionate owner.

“I love to grill and I couldn’t live without my Big Green Egg,” he says.

First time customers to The BBQ Store and More may be surprised just how much is included in the “and more.”

“Our slogan is ‘Your backyard headquarters,” says Darren. “We do anything pertaining to your backyard.”

And he does mean anything. Firepits, swing sets and patio furniture are all a part of The BBQ Store and More’s inventory. The Schmuker family’s background in construction also makes the store a go-to for customers seeking indoor and outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and structures like gazebos, pergolas and pavilions.

“We’ve been in construction for 30 years and we’ve sold barbecuing equipment for 25 years,” says Sam Schmuker, Darren’s father and the co-owner of The BBQ Store and More. “With having experience in different trades, it’s very helpful when it comes to relating to the customer.”

Customers looking to spruce up their backyard oasis can take advantage of the design center at The BBQ Store and More, where experts help them visualize their backyard dreams in 3D and bring them to life. With decades of building experience under their belt, the Schmukers can make a customer’s backyard project come together fairly quickly.

“From time of order until installation, it takes about five to six weeks,” says Darren.

With that said, a little information from the customer can go a long way.

“Let us know how much space you have,” Darren advises. “That way, we know what we can offer and how we can serve you better.”

When it comes to grills and other backyard appliances, The BBQ Store and More is seeing a big uptick of outdoor griddles and pizza ovens, making outdoor cooking a more diversified experience.

“Not only are you putting a grill into your outdoor kitchen, but you’re also seeing a lot more items to expand your ability to host,” Darren says.

To learn more or to preorder your own Big Green Egg, visit the store, go to or call (260) 632-0620.