Derrick McCray, owner of McCray’s Backyard Bar-B-Q attended Florida A&M University where he played football. From there he went to Los Angeles and worked professionally with Dick Clark, Suzanne DePasse, Boyz II Men, The American Music Awards, Berry Gordy and others in the entertainment industry.
Life in California was glamorous but it was not easy. The temptations in the entertainment industry led McCray down a path of drugs and alcohol. “I’m a real person who has had failures,” said Derrick. He added that through Jesus Christ he was able to overcome those issues. “I had to get right with God in order for me to do what I am doing now.” He is a faithful tither who has prayer at 6 a.m. each morning. “This is a God thing,” said Derrick.
In 2019, McCrays Backyard Bar-B-Q opened its new building on 45th Street, franchising the delicious signature sauces, packaging ribs, “and carrying on my daddy’s legacy,” said Derrick.