Jim Ruddell was fascinated by the process of smoked foods and its origins for many years. With the help of his wife, Kathy, he spent a lot of time researching and tracking down the purest of ingredients for the seasoning in his recipes. They also visited as many smokehouse restaurants as they could find. After taste-testing dozens of smoked food items and dishes, and comparing them to his own recipes to determine how they measured up, they never found anything better!
Jim decided this California coast location was the perfect spot for establishing his business, primarily because he had such ready access to an abundance of fresh fish, caught right here in local waters. As word spread about his talent, he became known locally as “Smoker” Jim.
As his reputation grew, along with the demand for his fine smoked foods, it became apparent they needed to open their own smokehouse. It’s success continues to satisfy all those who visit.