Success Stories

Hormel Foods/Sadler’s Smokehouse


Hormel foods acquired Sadler's Smokehouse

$270 mil



On March 2020 Hormel foods announced that it was acquiring Henderson based Sadler’s Smokehouse for $270 million. At that time Sadler’s was a family-owned business in Henderson, Texas and Henderson’s third largest employer and largest industrial employer.

Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Food stated, “Sadler’s Smokehouse is a great company with an impressive history, talented team and an outstanding portfolio of on-trend products that resonate with consumers, customers, and operators.  This is a very strategic acquisition for our food service business, and it gives us another successful brand to expand into the retail and deli channels.”

From humble beginnings, Red Sadler wanted to offer great food to everyone in Henderson, Texas. Folds would drive for miles to get Red’s BBQ. In 1968, the Sadler family decided to focus on their fast emerging wholesale foodservice business, opening their large smoking facility.

Red’s son Harold created the Sadlers Smokehouse brand and worked to expand Red’s methods. He developed our signature rotisserie pit based on the knowledge he learned from his father increasing the amount of food we’re able to smoke at any given time.

Our passionate pitmasters have always cooked meat for twelve hours or more at an expertly maintained temperature, so our meat is always as tender and flavorful as possible. This has allowed the Sadler’s Smokehouse family to give the gift of Texas BBQ to the entire nation for generations!

Pitmaster Ramon Gonzalez is a huge part of the Sadler’s Smokehouse family culture. Ramon has worked with us for over 35 years. He originally worked for founder Harold Sadler and continues to bring the same traditional style to all the BBB we make every day.

Ramon trains and runs our Pit Crew. This team loads every piece of meat, maintains the flames, and removes every brisket when it’s finished. This group is so good at making perfect smoked meats that they can tell if a brisket is perfect or not just by touch. That felling of a perfect brisket is something we pride ourselves on at Sadler’s Smokehouse.