The business itself began in a meager building in their backyard and a recipe given to him by Sylvester's father. Production in those days consisted of one hog a week Legend has it that Sylvester won a competitor's barbecue sauce in a poker game and he combined it with his sauce which led to the present day Hursey's.
That sauce used on their chopped barbecue is a combination between Eastern North Carolina vinegar-base sauce and Lexington-style (sugar, tomato-added) dip.
Only the family knows the exact ingredients of their very secret sauce.
The barbecue is shipped to all 50 states and even foreign countries.
Some very satisfied customers are former presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr..