“Holy Smokin’ Butts BBQ” Transitioning to Brick & Mortar Location

Holy Smokin’ Butts BBQ food truck is making the transition into a 2,000-square-foot brick-and-mortar space at 1104 S. Wilmot Rd. The tentative opening is in two weeks, when space renovations and permit approvals are expected to wrap up.

Contrary to the “butts” in the name, their specialty is brisket rubbed with salt, pepper, and a proprietary spice blend before slowly smoking over pecan wood for 18 to 20 hours.

“Our barbecue is Texas-style through and through,” said Curt Lewis, who owns Holy Smokin’ Butts BBQ with his wife Marisa Lewis. The simple rub allows the meat to shine, while the abundant pecan wood in Tucson provides a sweet smoke flavor that isn’t overpowering when used for extended cooking periods.

With 30 years of barbecue enthusiast experience under his belt, Curt is able to tell when a brisket is done by poking it. Curt worked as a program manager in Waco, Texas before moving with Marisa to Tucson, where she was originally from.

The food truck established a following while parked at the northeast corner of Kolb Road and 22nd Street. While the brick-and-mortar restaurant space isn’t ready quite yet, the couple is now out front of the building selling barbecue from their food truck. The street sign still shows “Quick Subs & More” with a sombrero-wielding saguaro, but expect that to change once they receive approval to update it.

Brisket at Holy Smokin' Butts (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Brisket at Holy Smokin’ Butts (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Other menu offerings include tri-tip, St. Louis-style pork ribs, sausage, pulled pork, and eventually chicken. Plates comes with a brioche bun, two sides, and a choice of the house-made sauces: sweet, spicy, or Carolina mustard.

Side options include smoked baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw.

Operating hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Holy Smokin’ Butts BBQ is located at 1104 S. Wilmot Rd. and can be reached at (520) 329-3088. For more information, visit holysmokinbutts.com.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.

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