Growing up in Kansas , holidays were always my favorite time of year. I couldn't wait to have fresh pies and sugar cookies from my Grandma. Both my parents were good cooks though I wouldn't call them get. They each had things they were great at and things well lets just say they needed help. My favorite meal of all time is fried quail and pheasant. The meal was always served with mashed potatoes & gravy and corn.
I asked once why we always had it the side dishes and my dad's answer was that is the was Grandma Wheeler fixed it and you can't change perfect.
After college I spent 12 years in professional baseball. I didn't realize it then but my love for food and cooling was being born. Traveling the US, I was exposed to cuisines I had never tasted before. Returning home in the off season, I began to crave the dishes I had. I started to learn how to make them myself. My wife is Cajun and really introduced me to the use of spices. My goal became to make Gumbo even a true Cajun will love, I can proudly say I did it!
After I retired from baseball I started Homerun Outfitters. We offered guided hunts for deer, turkey, waterfowl and upland birds. Summer and I did all the cooking for our clients. Two foodies in the kitchen , we created dishes the clients loved. It was only natural to offer game processing to our clients. Along with needing snacks , we created a spectacular stick recipes. With our new found confidence in our cooking and no hunting during the summer, we started a catering business. Wheeler's Cajun and Q was born. This is when we came up with our sauce and rubs recipes we sell today. By now we wanted to expand and I wanted to cook full time. I went from restaurant to restaurant learning as much as I could. I wanted to learn different techniques and cuisines . When my dad passed away, the kitchen became my escape. I spent every hour I could working and learning.
In 2019 we moved to Texas so my wife could be closer to her family. I had my dream job. I was running a kitchen in Temple, cooking all my recipes using my spices and sauces. Then Covid hit and we fell victim to the financial difficulties of running a restaurant during a pandemic. It was a hard fight during that time and I decided one again it was time to put my faith in God and go out on my own again. What do all Texans love? BBQ , salsa and hot sauce. On Target Outdoors was born. On Target Outdoors began as a clothing company with my brother in law. It was a hunting themed clothing hence the name. Today the outdoors is for my love of cooking outdoors. Probably the best part of living in Texas is being able to it all year round. The On Target still means hitting that bullseye but now with taste. It has also come to represent being On Target with where my life with Jesus and my family is going. Thank you for the support and orders!