When Xiomara Hall’s husband, U.S. Marine Lt. Col. William Hall died in 2008 while serving in Iraq, running her own restaurant was not even a thought that had crossed her mind.
But in April 2012, Hall, a certified public accountant left to bring up their four children on her own, took over the struggling Lazy Brothers smokehouse on Margarita Road in Murrieta. She renamed it Tropical BBQ and began doing what she knew best due to her Puerto Rican roots: cooking with Caribbean flair.
“Smoking of meats is actually very Caribbean, so we incorporated those Caribbean aspects,” said Hall, a Temecula Wine Country resident.
Now the restaurateur is set to appear on Lifetime’s “Supermarket Superstar,” a show that “gives every day Americans the chance to prove they have the next great product consumers will love,” according to Mylifetime.com.
In the episode scheduled to air at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Hall will present her jerk barbecue sauce to three well-known mentors. She and two other contestants will vie to be the winner of the episode and a $10,000 prize, as well as for the chance to be on the show’s finale.
“Win or lose, it is great exposure,” said Hall, when Patch stopped by her restaurant Tuesday.
She described her sauce, which complements many of her menu items, as “a traditional smokehouse barbecue sauce with your brown sugars, your ketchups.”