The highest rated barbecue truck is coming to town – how it learned to cook for 100

Tony Roy serves every Wednesday from his barbecue food truck in the parking lot of Fleet Farm in Plymouth. – Photo submitted

The “if Fleet Farm doesn’t have it, I don’t need it” slogan could use an update.

Especially after people visit Mr. Tony’s BBQ food truck in the parking lot of the Plymouth store every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (he won’t be there on June 1 though).

If the smell doesn’t draw you to the orange kitchen, the menu will include: St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken, and a number of other things, including redneck tacos .

Other reasons to visit are the sauces (Hot Ghost Chili, Sweet, Tart, Special Reserve, and Alabama White) and its summary (Mr. Tony’s was the third BBQ food truck in the nation in 2015).

“I like to say that having two sons who were athletes (at Random Lake) taught me how to cook for a hundred,” Tony Roy said.

Roy and his wife Kristin, who live in Fredonia, spent their Wednesdays serving food in West Bend last year.

They are now in Plymouth because the pair had their eye on that area after a successful run at Vollrath Park in Sheboygan several years ago.

Roy’s parents lived in Sheboygan – he believes his grandfather owned the first auto parts store in town – and still have a large family there.

“A lot of people came from the Plymouth area,” Roy said. “We were hopeful to come back, it was just a matter of finding the right place and the right time. When one door closes, another opens. »

Doors and such are what Roy spent 20 years working on as a renovation contractor.

About 15 years ago, Roy was renovating a kitchen – barbecuing was just a hobby then – when he and his client started talking about food.

The person asked Roy to cook for a 150-person party in Milwaukee, so he loaded up his turkey fryer, small smokers and a few Weber grills.

“It just spiraled from there. It took off,” Roy said. “The economy was deteriorating and people stopped looking after their homes, basically. But people were still eating.

Due to the feedback Roy received, he purchased his first commercial sized smokehouse after this party.

In 2010 Roy started selling food at Big Joe’s in Waubeka. A year later, he ordered his first custom trailer.

“It got crazy once people saw it,” Roy said. “It was something new for the region; I believe I’m the oldest barbecue food truck in the state. They are popular in the south, but here no one has really seen anything like that.

Now Roy says he has a 30ft commercial kitchen that happens to be on wheels.

“We can do absolutely anything on it, and we do anything on it,” he said. “From preparation to serving, this is the only place where we cook. We don’t cook ahead anywhere else. It started in my driveway in the morning, but is fresh from the smoker any day of the week.

Mr. Tony also makes weekly visits to Fredonia on Tuesdays and Grafton on Thursdays.

The customer’s favorite – and Roy’s too – is beef brisket.

He sells around 300 pounds of meat every day and doesn’t regret giving up his renovation job.

“I’ve always been a people person and a nanny,” Roy said.