Cimarron Doc's Bar-B-Q & Chili Company was founded in Grove, Oklahoma, in 1986, by Larry and Mary Koch. The Kochs had been competing in chili contests since 1982, winning many first place awards, including the International Chili Society’s (ICS) Regional Blue Grass and Chili Festival in Tulsa, in September 1986. By winning this regional contest they qualified for the ICS World Chili Cook-off in Rosamond, CA, where they placed 5th.
In 1987, Larry began cooking at barbecue at contests. He experimented with many barbecue sauces, finally creating the sauce recipe that became Cimarron Doc’s Bar-B-Q Sauce; a tangy sauce that complements all smoked and grilled meats, fowl and seafood. Larry went on to develop a variety of dry barbecue seasonings, which are now among the most popular rubs across the USA with the championship barbecue teams.
Competition barbecue teams using Cimarron Doc's products have won some of the most prestigious barbecue contests in the country, including the American Royal Invitational and the American Royal Open.
Over the years, the Kochs won more than seventy-five awards for their barbecue and chili, including the Grand Championship at the Blue Devil Cook-off in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Grand Championship at the Raytown, Missouri,Cook-off. In 1994, Cimarron Doc’s Barbecue Sauce placed 3rd in the American Royal International Barbecue Sauce Contest.