When you have a family with 7-year-olds, an 11-year-old, and two adults, there’s not a ton of television that the entire family can happily watch together that’s also not terrible. My family has struck upon basically three shows that we all love to watch together: Amazing Race, Nailed It, and Queer Eye. Having watched all of the Amazing Race seasons after season 17 (because children do not watch shows filmed before HD cameras were used) and all of Nailed It, we’re now catching up on Queer Eye and just this week watched what was, in this family’s opinion, the best Queer Eye episode to date: The Jones BBQ Sisters.
People are always talking about how Queer Eye makes them cry, but that had never been true for me until the Jones BBQ episode. In part, it’s because when the Fab 5 showed up, my first thought was, “What the hell are they even doing here? The Jones Sisters — Deborah “Little” Jones and Mary “Shorty” Jones Mosley — do not need your help. They’ve got a huge line out of their BBQ restaurant, they work their asses off, and they do not lack in confidence.” The Queer Eye guys could learn a few things from them.
But I was completely blown away by the ultimate transformation. It wasn’t just that they fixed Mary’s teeth, or that they fixed their wardrobe. They completely remodeled their small BBQ Pit and they made it possible for the Jones Sisters to bottle and sell their BBQ sauce. They completely transformed their lives, and you just had the sense that no one else on Earth deserved it more than they did.
Anyway, I always assume that there’s a lot of television magic that goes into Queer Eye episodes and that 60 to 70 percent of the people featured on their shows usually revert back to their old ways within six months, but I had to know what kind of difference they made for the Jones Sisters, and whether it stuck.
It did. After the episode aired, they sold 11,000 bottles of BBQ at $6.99 a piece in the first weekend. After two weeks, they’d sold 71,000 bottles. Three months later, it’s still going. If you try to buy their BBQ sauce now, it’s back-ordered 7-10 days. They have new customers coming from all over the world — including popular country singers — so many, in fact, that they’re putting in a new BBQ Pit to handle the overflow.
The BBQ Sauce has even made it into grocery stores.
It also seems, in the months since it aired, that the Jones BBQ episode were standouts for both Bobby and Karamo, who are still talking about the episode.
And yes: The thing I wanted to know most after the episode is if the sisters have help now, and yes they do. In fact, they had help at the time, but the other workers weren’t featured on the episode. They are reluctant, however, to hire more, out of concern that all this new business might go away after the Queer Eye glow fades. I don’t think they have to worry about that.
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