Column: BBQ doesn’t mean ‘Better be quiet’ — J’s asks folks to speak up

TAKING A BREAK from serving customers to helping a family in need are, from left, Jaydon Reiterman, Susan Reiterman and Jen Rintelmann. Tim Lyke photo

SUSAN Reiterman knows something about working through difficult times.

In addition to running J’s BBQ with Jen Rintelmann, Susan has a special-needs son — a situation that she admits comes with “a lot of struggles.”

So when she and Jen saw another family in a time of need, it wasn’t hard for them to recognize the signs.

“You can tell when people who are close to you are overwhelmed and flustered,” Susan said. “I said, ‘You know what, let Jen and I put together a dinner for your family. It’s something we really want to do.

“She said, ‘Oh my gosh. You don’t have to do that,’ and I said, ‘We’d be honored to.’”

When Jen and Susan brought over the meal in January, the appreciation from the family poured over, filling the two women with joy, but also doing more.

It whet their appetite to help others.

That’s why, throughout 2016, members of one family every month will be able to enjoy a wonderful meal they never expected.

AT THE END OF EVERY month through the end of the year, J’s BBQ will have a random customer pull a name out of a hat. For the lucky person, J’s will provide one meal for a family of up to five for free.

The idea, Jen and Susan explained, is to continue spreading the joy, one brisket at a time. ...

“The community has been so good to us, we felt it’s only right to continue the relationship of giving and receiving,” Jen said.

To enter someone’s name for consideration, email the restaurant at

To read the entire column, see the March 3, 2016 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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