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126 Chemawa Rd N
Keizer, Oregon 97303
(503) 602-9074

Chuck Ries’s journey from Traeger employee to successful business owner of Chuck’s BBQ Store, was “kind of a fluke” according to Chuck. Though he never planned on being a business owner, it has worked out pretty well.  Over a decade ago, he stumbled upon an empty building in Keizer.  Having worked for Traeger for four years, this sparked an idea to create a local spot for barbecue enthusiasts. Despite initial doubts and the fact that it was two months prior to their wedding, Chuck and his fiance’, Susie (a Registered Nurse), dove headfirst into entrepreneurship. Showing some serious tenacity, they opened the doors just in time for the holiday rush. Fast forward ten years, and Chuck’s BBQ Store is synonymous with excellence in the world of outdoor cooking.

Traeger Enthusiast Turned Business Owner

It wasn’t an easy road. To begin with, Chuck worked days for Traeger and then evenings and weekends at the store. When Traeger moved from Wilsonville to Utah, he took that opportunity to see if “this little store can pay its way”.  His customers come from the Oregon Coast to Detroit and from Vancouver to Eugene – primarily from word of mouth referrals. 

Chuck’s passion for Traeger grills extends beyond mere salesmanship; it’s a lifestyle he’s cultivated over 17 years. His dedication to providing customers with top-of-the-line products and unparalleled service sets this BBQ store apart. From Traeger’s signature wood pellet grills to innovative and very popular additions like pizza ovens and griddles, Chuck ensures that his store has something for every type of BBQ aficionado. 

At Chuck’s, You’re Family

black berniedoodle in grass with flowerbed in background

HIs rescue bernie-doodle, Marley, is the store dog – especially loving the attention he gets from the kids that sit and play with him. Normally he’s just lazing around waiting for someone to walk in, but when Chuck’s wife Susie comes in, he’s jumping and bouncing to see his Mama!

Chuck’s presence set’s the atmosphere as well – his warm demeanor and genuine care for his customers have transformed Chuck’s BBQ Store into a gathering place for grill enthusiasts from all walks of life. Whether you’re a seasoned Traeger veteran or a novice looking to dive into the world of outdoor cooking, you’ll feel welcome and get some expert grilling advice.

Supporting the Local Community

Chuck’s commitment to giving back to the community is evident in his involvement with local events and organizations. From donating products to sponsoring baseball teams, Chuck finds joy in supporting his neighbors and enriching the lives of those around him. Even amid challenges like limited parking and unforeseen setbacks, Chuck’s resilience and unwavering dedication keep his store thriving.

Facing Challenges with Resilience

As Chuck recovers from knee replacement surgery, the community rallies around him, eager to support their beloved grill guru during his recovery. With Chuck at the helm and his loyal customers by his side, Chuck’s BBQ Store continues to serve as Keizer’s premier destination for all things barbecue. Don’t worry, the store is still open – and Matt is ready and willing to help you until Chuck is back on his feet!

Traeger Grill open to see inside

A Community United by Barbecue

Whether you’re a barbecue enthusiast or simply looking to join a welcoming community, make sure to visit Chuck’s BBQ Store. With his expertise and passion, your outdoor cooking journey is bound to reach new heights. Chuck’s BBQ Store, bringing people together one grill at a time.

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Store Location – 3800 River Rd N, Keizer, OR 97303

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