A beloved company and friend to Lubbock is in need of some help and the Lubbock community has stepped up.

Wes Wicker came up with the idea of smoking jalapenos and making them into jelly for cooking when he was in college at Texas Tech. He would make it for his friends and it all took off from there.

In March 2012 he created a Facebook page to kick start his business and named it  The first year he sold 600 jars.

He and his wife, Sarah, started the company back up after taking some time off because Sarah always heard about the jelly but never got to try it. They have been back up and running since August 2019. Since then they changed from a jelly to a glaze and it is sold all across the state.

"This was a product that was literally born in Lubbock. I grew up there, went to Tech and I would love for my product to be a household name in Texas," said Wicker.

In 2022 they received a “Cease and Desist” warning from Missouri-based Wicker’s Food Products, Inc.- a company that makes and distributes barbeque sauces and marinades, and a company the Wickers considered friends. Wes and Sarah and Wicker’s Food Products had made a respectable handshake agreement that despite Wicker’s Food Products holding the trademark for the word “Wicker’s”, the Missouri company was comfortable with the couple’s addition of “TX” to the glaze’s name for ample distinction and to avoid legal action.

After a long legal battle, they officially changed its name to “Big Wick’s” but apparently that still isn't good enough. Big Wick's Mesquite-Smoked Jalapeno Glaze is currently in the middle of a lawsuit and needs help paying for an attorney. When things are all said and done, they will owe upwards of $40,000 in legal fees. (You can read the whole story here.)

"I just hope that we survive the lawsuit so we can achieve to be a household name. I have aspirations of our company being big someday and would love to be a from rags to riches story. There are a lot of things I would do to give back to Lubbock," said Wicker.

So that is why it is so important to come and support this benefit concert at Blue Light Live, 1806 Buddy Holly Ave, Lubbock, TX. There will be live music, drinks, food trucks, and a great time. Nirvana Burger and Mijo's will be on-site for food.

Live music will be played by Jordan Robert Kirk, Gunner Fore, Sal, Jon Young, Casey Cash Heckman, Billy Hartman, Matt Austin, Shane Rogers, Ronne and The Redwoods and Hub City Drifters.

You can donate on their GoFundMe here.

This is all happening Sunday, June 11th, 2023 at Blue Light Live. Doors open up at 1 p.m. and the music starts at 2 p.m. It is a kid-friendly event from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. People must donate $15 at the door to get in.

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