How We Started

Red Shepherd created his 4 famous seasonings in Bakersfield, CA in the 1960’s. Today, the recipes remain the same.
Red was a renowned farmer, BBQ king of Kern County, seasoning entrepreneur, and friend to all. He barbecued for many organizations: The Boy Scouts of America, The Fish and Game, the local Moose Lodge, Shriners club, different schools, churches and other charities, he developed and is best known for the different flavors of his seasonings: Shepherd’s Seasoning.

In the beginning, he started the company by mixing different spices together using a cement mixer and then selling to local family, friends, farmers, and ‘Mom and Pop’ stores where he lived in the Greenfield/Old River area of Bakersfield. Since 1960, the business has grown from its humble beginnings to being sold from supermarkets as large as the Vons grocery stores.