There’s no denying that some BBQ-deprived locals have summed up Old Pueblo barbecue offerings in one word: dull.
Not so fast.
From sugar to sauces, and chiles to powders, many southern Arizona food trucks offer several tasty and mouthwatering barbecue styles. The following mobile purveyors of smoke and spice will turn anyone into a ravenous consumer of meat on the barbie.
Guero Loco’s Bubba-Que
Chicken BBQ Sandwich
Bubba-Que’s smokin’ menu has attracted a loyal following for its smokehouse barbecue and Tex-Mex style. It boasts a tender chicken barbecue sandwich on a grilled french roll, and of course, Bubba’s own barbecue sauce. A creamy side of macaroni and cheese can be added for a full meal. The Bubba-Que rig, complete with its smoker trailer, is normally spotted at the downtown library or in front of a local bank for lunch.
For more information, visit Guero Loco’s Bubb-Que on Facebook.
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Chopped Brisket Sandwich
BBQ Rush ‘s Texas-style chopped brisket sandwich is so incredibly succulent, one might be tempted to devour the beef and bun in one ginormous bite. Created with 40 ingredients, Black Tie Foods barbecue sauce — bottled and sold by BBQ Rush’s owner — has the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. The white trailer is often found at 2nd Saturdays Downtown and select food truck gatherings.
For more information, visit BBQ Rush on Facebook.
Rumor has it, Mr. Cookman’s food truck quickly sells out of its melt-in-your-mouth, New Orleans-style ribs. This menu item’s special blend of seasonings includes cayenne pepper and Louisiana sugar, which infuse the meat with a unique savory, spicy taste. Add a side of red beans and rice for the full Louisiana effect. Mr. Cookman’s may be parked for lunch, dinner or even late night feedings at a local brew-pub.
For more information, visit Mr. Cookmans on Facebook.
American Flying Buffalo
Chicken Wing Basket
Undoubtedly one of AFB’s most popular menu items, the wing basket can be ordered with any of these unique and tangy sauces: mild, medium, hot, suicide, garlic Parmesan, BBQ, grilled teriyaki, BBQ teriyaki, Daytona and spicy lemongrass. AFB’s Facebook page humorously tags it as a “sports bar,” but it’s really a huge orange kitchen on wheels parked on the east side, sometimes at Danny’s Baboquivari Lounge and occasionally at food truck gatherings.
For more information, visit American Flying Buffalo on Facebook.
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The Happy Tummy
Pulled Pork Sandwich
The Happy Tummy’s Pulled Pork Sandwich starts out with a wet and dry barbecue rub before it’s smoked with an amazing combo of mesquite, apple, and pecan wood. The house-made sauce and a generous helping of cole slaw tops off this sandwich’s rich flavor. Side choices also include seasoned fries, or beet and sweet potato chips. Follow the Happy Tummy online for postings on its latest gig.
For more information, visit Happy Tummy on Facebook.
If we missed your favorite food truck barbecue, let us know in the comments. We might have to follow up with another article or two to showcase all the outstanding food truck barbecue offerings in Tucson.