Pirate Jonny’s Story
Jonathan and Terri Toner are the proprietors of Pirate Jonny’s BBQ Rubs and Caribbean Seasonings. We have our business and production facilities in sparking Clearwater, Florida, located on the Gulf Coast. Our backgrounds are in areas completely different from the food business.
I was raised in St Petersburg, Florida since the 1950’s and by day and I am licensed Landscape Architect registered in the State of Florida and also an ISA-Certified Arborist. Terri is originally from New Orleans and grew up cooking and experiencing good New Orleans and Cajun cooking and seasonings. Terri has a background in fitness and the health industry. We are both water nuts and have a 32’ sailboat that we sail around the West Coast of Florida. Yes, we really are sailors! We also enjoy motorized water sports, as Terri has a waverunner, which we go beaching with.
We also enjoy travel & music. We love exploring new places, foods and culture of all the cool things out in the world. I am former rocker and now I play Cello in the local Suncoast Symphony Orchestra. Terri is an avid dancer. So we visit local Cajun, Contra and Swing dances. It’s all lots of fun and keeps us active and busy. Yes even we Pirate’s try to have some “culture”
Pirate Jonnys BBQ Rub history:
I got started making BBQ rubs at home for get-togethers. I was making it 1-2 pounds at a time. One day Terri told me to “write down the recipe” so then I converted it all too weights and ‘Voila’...we had our first recipe! On a whim, In January 2011, we submitted our Caribbean Rub to the National BBQ Association and we won 2nd place! Mr. Kent, one of our sailing crew, drew up an image of me as Pirate Jonny, which we still use today. We love to post new recipes on Facebook and our newsletter. We always have returning customers to the market that have a new way of cooking with our seasonings and its great fun to hear everyone’s recipe ideas. Thanks again for your support!