Food Truck Finds: Hot Trucks & Roundups July 4 – 10

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy! In Tucson, there’s still plenty to do and eat, even after the snowbirds have long hit the road. Come get your frosty treat, your hot and bubbly cheesy pie, and your smokin’ meat from this week’s Tucson Food Truck Finds.

Mustache Mike’s of Tucson

Rainbow of Italian Ice Flavors (Photo credit: Mustache Mike's)

Rainbow of Italian Ice Flavors (Photo credit: Mustache Mike’s)

Life is just a little bit sweeter when you enjoy a frozen dessert on a blistering day. And refreshing doesn’t even begin to describe Italian ice: it’s like a sorbet but there’s no dairy or egg in the recipe.

  • Best Seller: Da Bomb. This icy delight is a luscious mix of cherry, lemon and blue raspberry swirl. Mmm-mm.
  • Recommended: Mango Italian Ice Sundae. Mustache Mike’s layers vanilla ice cream between your choice of Italian Ice for these special sundaes, but the tropical flavor of mango really makes it “brain freeze”-worthy.
  • Where to Find: Hit them up at the Sahuarita Food Truck Roundup on the first Tuesday of every month. In between, the cart parks at school, church and community events in Tucson, Sahuarita, Vail and Marana.

For more information, visit Mustache Mike’s of Tucson on Facebook.

Road Running Wood Fired Pizza

Mushroom, Spinach and Gorgonzola pizza (Photo credit: Kim M. Bayne)

Mushroom, Spinach and Gorgonzola pizza (Photo credit: Kim M. Bayne)

This mobile pizza kitchen uses an imported, wood fired brick oven to create its array of crowd-pleasing pies. If you’ve never experienced a hot and tasty pizza baked in front of blazing logs of wood, you are missing out.

  • Best Seller: Cheese. What hungry young’un doesn’t like the hot, melty goodness of a cheese pizza? Come on!
  • Recommended: Mushroom, Spinach, and Gorgonzola cheese. Not every pizza is red sauce and mozzarella, and this tasty “white pizza” proves that quite nicely.
  • Where to Find: The huge white trailer will be out Monday, July 4 at the July 4th Celebration at James D. Kriegh Park in Oro Valley. Find it on scheduled days at the Residence Inn Airport at 2660 E Medina Rd, Tucson and at the Continental Ranch Community Association roundups at 9150 N Coachline Blvd in Marana.

For more information, visit Road Running Wood Fired Pizza on Facebook.

Jays Barbecue

Pulled Pork Plate (Photo credit: Kim M. Bayne)

Pulled Pork Plate with Beans and Potato Salad (Photo credit: Kim M. Bayne)

Just so you know, there are different types of Texas-style BBQ, depending on what part of the state you favor. Jays is Central Texas style–the meat is dry rubbed and smoked for 14 to 16 hours using pecan wood. Sauces are usually not found, but Jays has it on hand anyway, if that’s your preference.

  • Best Seller: Smoked Brisket. Order a half pound of meat. Aw, heck. Take home a whole brisket. Many of Jays customers do just that. It’s well worth it.
  • Recommended: Pulled Pork. You might say, “put a ring on it.” Great BBQ, that is. Jays proudly shows off the true mark of a good, slow-smoked meat: a pink ring under the crust. Get the pulled pork with sides and/or sandwich-style.
  • Where to Find: The red trailer is found at 1710 N Stone Ave, just north of East Elm St in Tucson. Hours are now extended, due to high demand. Go Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Most folks order by the pound, so get there early.

For more information, visit Jays Barbecue on Facebook.

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Food Truck Gatherings July 4 – 10

  • 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday, July 4
    • 4th of July Celebration at Mercado San Agustin 100 S Avenida del Convento, Tucson. Scheduled: Guero Loco’s Bubba-Que, BurgerRito, Hawaiian Shave Ice, [POPPED] Artisan Popcorn, Cool Cajun Cafe, Big Bad Wolf, Purple Tree, You Sly Dog, Wilson’s Kettle Corn, Just Churros, and DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday, July 4
    • July 4th Celebration & Pool Party at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center in James D. Kreigh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia. Scheduled: Angela’s Mexican Food, Bella’s Gelato Shop, Fruit Shack Smoothie & Yogurt, JMB’s BBQ, Mutt’s Brats, Ricuras de Venezuela, Road Running Wood Fired Pizza, Southwest BBQ, and Tucson Kona Ice.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday, July 4
    • Star Spangled Spectacular  at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson. Scheduled: Bona Fide Barbecue, Bugaloo’s Soft Serve Ice Cream, Crush Gourmet Raspados, Fire Engine Dogs, Guiso’s, Jackie’s Food Court, Meatball Madness, Prest, Sonoran Snoballs, Tucson Kona Ice.
  • 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday, July 4
    • 4th of July Fireworks at Rio Viejo Lot, 198 S Granada Ave (on Granada and Congress), Tucson. Scheduled: Don Pedro’s Peruvian Bistro.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday, July 4
    • Red, White and Boom at Sahuarita Town Hall, 315 W Sahuarita Center Way, Sahuarita. Scheduled: Gigi’s Mexican Fusion Food Truck, Mustache Mike’s of Tucson, Pin-Up Pastries Tucson.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 5
    • Sahuarita Food Truck Roundup at Rancho Sahuarita, 15455 S Camino Lago Azul, Sahuarita. Scheduled: Don Pedro’s Peruivan Bistro, Big Bad Wolf, DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean, Don Pedro’s Peruvian Bistro, Bugaloo’s Ice Cream, Crush Gourmet Raspados, Pin-Up Pastries Tucson.
  • 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 6
    • Evening Social at the Residence Inn Tucson Airport at 2660 E Medina Rd, Tucson. Scheduled: Gigi’s Mexican Fusion Food Truck.
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday, July 8
    • Tractor Auction at 8359 W Tangerine Rd, Marana. Scheduled: Taco’Queta Tacos.

Kim M. Bayne is a freelance writer/editor, social media producer, and former food truck correspondent for Food Network's Eat St. (TV Show) blog. Find Kim via her project Street Food Files on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.