Carlos’ Homestyle Bar-B-Que Sauce, benefiting Norton Children’s Hospital, now available at your Kroger store

Sauce fulfills final dream of Norton Children’s Hospital patient Carlos Turner

LOUISVILLE, KY. (May 29, 2013): Carlos Homestyle Bar-B-Que Sauce, a gourmet barbeque sauce developed by beloved Norton Children’s Hospital cystic fibrosis patient Carlos Turner, is now available at 75 area Kroger stores throughout Kentucky and Indiana (list below). The sauces creation and distribution fulfills the last wish and dream of Turner, who died in 2008.

The sweet, full-bodied gourmet sauce features honey, molasses, brown sugar and a smoke flavor with an array of spices far beyond a run-of-the-mill tomato-based barbeque sauce. It is also free of anchovy derivatives, a common ingredient in many other barbeque sauces. Carlos Homestyle Bar-B-Que Sauce was also recently named a Kentucky Proud product. The 20-ounce jars are priced at $4.79 at Kroger, with proceeds to benefit child life, art therapy and volunteer programs and services at Norton Children’s Hospital.

Many food industry partners worked together to make and bottle Carlos secret sauce, including Bloemer Food Sales and Texas Roadhouse. Carlos Homestyle Bar-B-Que Sauce is now available at Kroger and online at

Carlos Turner lived in the small central Kentucky city of Greensburg, and after being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at a young age, spent a majority of his life being treated at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville. Before he died in August 2008 at age 16, Carlos developed a recipe for barbeque sauce a recipe he kept secret from his family and friends. He even saved his allowance to purchase a safe in which to keep the recipe in his family’s small mobile home.

Because of his life-threatening illness, Carlos was granted a wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Through this wish, Carlos went on a shopping spree to purchase cooking equipment, utensils and ingredients to prepare his special recipes, including his home-style barbeque sauce.

As his death neared, child life and expressive therapy staff at Norton Children’s Hospital worked with Carlos to discuss his legacy and ease his passing. He determined that legacy should be the production of his barbeque sauce, which would be sold to benefit Norton Children’s Hospital.

Four years after he died, Carlos dream has now come full circle through the partnership of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Bloemer Food Sales of Louisville (which is manufacturing the sauce) and Texas Roadhouse (which provided initial funding and support to develop and advance the project). Walmart initially sold the sauce in 27 Louisville and Southern Indiana stores, with Kroger coming on board expanding distribution with 75 stores in two states.

The wonderful caregivers and staff at Norton Children’s Hospital became like members of our own family, said Consuela Turner, Carlos mother, of Greensburg, Ky. He would be so excited and proud today knowing that his dream for a new barbeque sauce has become a reality and that the sales are benefiting the children’s hospital. Then he’d ask, what’s the next project we can do to help Norton Children’s Hospital?

Lynnie Meyer, executive director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, said the barbeque sauce represents a special and unique story in the life of Norton Children’s Hospital. We are so incredibly grateful to Consuela and Carlos Turner and our partners who came together to make this happen, Meyer said. Carlos and his family deeply valued and appreciated the compassionate and loving care he received at Norton Children’s Hospital, including their interactions with child life and art therapists, palliative care staff and hospital volunteers. It is this kind of philanthropic support that helps make these services available and will ensure that Norton Children’s Hospital remains a top-tier children’s hospital for the Kentucky region.

It was truly an honor for Bloemer Foods to play a role in the production of Carlos Homestyle Bar-B-Que Sauce, said Larry Bloemer, president of Bloemer Food Sales Co. Inc. Carlos was a special young man who developed an excellent recipe for a really good barbeque sauce, and he is a wonderful example for children everywhere of how dreams really can come true.

Stores carrying the sauce are in the following cities in Kentucky: Bardstown, Brandenburg, Campbellsville, Carrollton, Corbin, Danville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Georgetown, Harrodsburg, La Grange, Lebanon, Lexington, London, Louisville, Middlesboro, Middletown, Monticello, Morehead, Mount Sterling, Mount Washington, Nicholasville, Prospect, Russell Springs, Shelbyville, Shepherdsville, Somerset, Versailles and Winchester. Stores in Indiana are in Clarksville, Jeffersonville, Madison and New Albany.
Beyond purchasing Carlos Homestyle Bar-B-Que Sauce, additional donations can also be made in memory of Carlos by calling (502) 629-KIDS or visiting HelpNortonChildren’
About Norton Children’s Hospital 
Licensed for 263 beds and recognized as one of the top Children’s hospitals in America, Norton Children’s Hospital is located in the downtown Louisville medical center. It is the regions only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital, and the only hospital in Kentucky offering a pediatric trauma center. Norton Children’s Hospital provides a complete range of services for children, including pediatric intensive care and one of the nation’s largest intensive care units for newborns.

Located adjacent to Norton Brownsboro Hospital in northeastern Jefferson County, Norton Children’s Medical Center  Brownsboro is the only pediatric outpatient center of its type in Kentucky, offering 365-day-a-year pediatric emergency services; a full complement of pediatric diagnostic imaging services, cardiology services, a full-service laboratory and a wide range of pediatric outpatient surgery services. When it opens in spring 2014, pediatric services at the new Norton Women’s and Norton Children’s Hospital will offer emergency services, surgery and a neonatal intensive care unit.

As regional facilities that treat the more than 156,000 children who seek care regardless of the family’s ability to pay, Norton Children’s Hospital relies on support from the community. The Children’s Hospital Foundation raises millions of dollars each year to support programs, equipment and facilities, research at Norton Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Hospital Foundation raised $11.4 million in 2012 to support the hospital and the medical center. For more information, visit HelpNortonChildren’ or call (502) 629-8060.

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