From story by Jennifer Best, Santa Maria Times, May 8, 2016.
“Don’t let it be said a young guy can’t make it anymore. Santa Maria’s own JD Sinor is thriving while spreading Santa Maria-style barbecue love around the globe.”
His custom-made, adjustable grill barbecue pits can be found as far away as the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Owner, designer and chief fabricator of JD Fabrications, JD began his welding career with a class at Allan Hancock College after graduating from Righetti High School in 2007.
When he began attending California State University-Northridge where he studied Kinesiology with an eye toward a career in physical therapy, he commuted back to his parents’ home on weekends to build more barbecues to help cover tuition, fees, books and living expenses.
When he graduated in 2012, he contemplated physical therapy. It was going to take more school and a lot of money in loans, said Lauren Frias, a lifelong friend, business partner and now Sinor’s fiancé.
Frias, who also graduated from Righetti before she studied sales and marketing at Cal Poly SLO, suggested Sinor follow his heart and give the fabrication business all he had. She offered to provide the sales and marketing while he focused on fabrication.
In 2013, JD moved to to his own commercial shop at Blosser and Betteravia roads. In 2014, Frias was able to join the company full-time.
Today, JD Fabrications is home to a complete fabrication shop with shearing, bending, rolling and CNC plasma cutting capabilities. They specialize in fabricating traditional, wood-burning, Santa Maria-style, stand-up, rectangular, portable pits with adjustable grates lifted by pulleys as well as full-size, table grills.
They offer magazine-cover worthy, backyard, built-in grills and multi-rack, reverse-flow smokers large enough for a quarter steer. The shop has completed frame-up builds of portable, wood-burning pizza ovens, commercial restaurant grills, as well as Uruguayan grills, Argentine grills, portable trailer grills, smokers and drop in grills for outdoor kitchens.”