I've been hearing reports about a new barbecue joint around the corner or Oracle and Orange Grove roads for weeks, but didn't investigate until yesterday. What I found was tender and fragrant barbecue served out of a food truck with its very own miniature smokehouse in tow.
When I walked up to Bobby Dean's Hickory BBQ—which is parked outside of what appears to be both an automotive shop and a smoking accessories store—owner Robert Mikles appeared in the window. I ordered a brisket sandwich, which he delivered in minutes. I handed him $6. He smiled big and said he hoped I'd be back soon.
I'm not a barbecue connoisseur, so let me ask the meat lovers out there a few questions. Is the meat supposed to be so soft and tender that it gives way with almost no pressure at all? Is the meat fat supposed to spread across the deli roll like soft butter? Is it normal to eat an entire barbecue sandwich and already be pondering another, even though doing so would be the definition of gluttony?
The truck serves smoked brisket, pork, chicken and baby-back ribs, among other things. There are several kinds of homemade sauce to choose from and prices range from $6 to around $20 or so.
Mikles says he's relocating soon to a spot in front of Putney's at 6090 N. Oracle Road. If you like smoked meat, you'll want to head up there. Call 975-6910 for more information.