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Adding on to Sonny’s Kindness Crew Just in Time for Giving Tuesday
From The Smoker

Giving Tuesday is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It was created with the mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life, with the simple idea of starting a day that inspires people to do good.   Sonny’s is celebrating Giving Tuesday in a special way this year. We are adding to our Kindness Crew and continuing the new […]

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Celebrating World Kindness Day at Sonny’s BBQ
From The Smoker

World Kindness Day, celebrated on November 13, was created to promote being kind to each other, yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this holiday is to encourage good deeds in the community. A simple act of kindness has the power to make a difference in someone’s life. Even the smallest one can create a ripple effect of inspiration for others […]

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Free Pork Big Deal For Our Military Heroes
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Veterans and active military members are some of America’s bravest heroes. They put their life on the line every day to keep us safe and we could not be more appreciative of them.  They make the selfless choice every day to put our country first. Working countless hours, spending months away from their loved ones, and undergoing extreme training, they are always there to protect and keep everyone safe. We are honoring […]

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Nominate a First Responder for Free BBQ
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There’s no doubt about it. First Responders have been the true heroes of our communities for as long aswe can remember, but especially over the past two years. With the COVID pandemic in full force, these selfless folks have been first on the scene when we need ‘em most, working long shifts and extra hours […]

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News

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Recognizing Ernesto R. with a Random Act of BBQ
News

Ernesto’s positive attitude and constant selfless acts radiate exactly what ‘Q the Kindness stands for.  His generosity speaks volumes to his character. Whenever the store is in a bind, Ernesto is the first to jump in and help. He has volunteered numerous times to lend the management team a helping hand by helping other sections close after closing his own. Not only does he go above in beyond […]

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Recognizing Valerie T. with a Random Act of BBQ
News

Valerie wears a Sonny’s BBQ uniform and is a true team player. When her coworkers are in need of extra help, she doesn’t hesitate to step in.  A new dishwasher was struggling to keep up on a busy night and she went back to the dishwashing station to help him with a few loads until he was able to catch up. Valerie […]

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Celebrating the Life of Lucille Tillman
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Sonny’s BBQ announces that Lucille Tillman, the wife of founder, Floyd “Sonny” Tillman, peacefully passed away on Friday, October 08, 2021, at the age of 91. Lucille passed away at their family home in High Springs, FL with her family by her side.   Sonny and Lucille founded Sonny’s BBQ in 1968 in Gainesville, FL in hopes of creating a local BBQ joint for their community to enjoy. She played a pivotal […]

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A Message from Chief Kindness Officer on Best Buddies of Central Florida
News

Best Buddies International is an organization that is near and dear to me. Over the years, I’ve had many encounters with exceptional individuals and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and I’ve seen firsthand what they go through daily. That is what inspired me to learn more and join this cause. What I love […]

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Events

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5 Ways To Celebrate Sonny Tillman’s 92nd Birthday
Events

It all started with a man who loved BBQ. Sonny Tillman, founder of Sonny’s BBQ is turnin’ 92 on August 14, and we’re sure excited to celebrate. Here are a few ways for you to join in on the fun. Get yourself a Sliced Pork Big Deal with a side of BBQ Beans Sonny’s all-time […]

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Random Acts of BBQ: June Roundup
Events

A little act of kindness can go a long way. This month we had the opportunity to reward some truly deserving heroes with a BBQ on us. We sure love recognizing those who do everything they can to spread kindness throughout their community. We had the pleasure to work with Lauren Herre and her sisters […]

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Cater a BBQ for your Dad or Grad
Events

Let Sonny’s BBQ cater pork, ribs, brisket, chicken & more to your next celebration. There sure is a lot to celebrate this summer. Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we reckon your graduate might like to throw a party too. As the weather heats up, we’re firing up our smokers to give your […]

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10 Tools You’ll Need for Grilling Season
Events

Think you have what it takes to become a Pitmaster like Shannon Snell? We believe in you and want to set you up for success. With the right  BBQ tools and equipment, you’ll be smokin’ up some BBQ that will be sure to make your guest’s mouths water this grilling season. We asked Shannon what his must-have gadgets and we think these will do just the trick.   […]

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