FireHouse Bbq

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Suppose you heard about a great new restaurant, lots of positive buzz about the cuisine and the service. So you decide to check it out for yourself. You find the restaurant’s website or Facebook page, check the location and hours and arrange a time to go for lunch. You even check back before you head out to verify the time and place.

But when you arrive not only is the restaurant not open it’s not even there!

That’s what happened to me today when I drove to the other side of town to check out a food truck. I checked the information, rechecked it and drove to the designated intersection. (The actual location was a block away, but never mind about that right now.) But the lot was empty. So I pull over, get out my iPhone and call up the site again. There’s an apologetic note saying that the truck wouldn’t be ready at the designated time, but that it should be there an hour or an hour and a half later.

Well, I suppose that’s part of the sketchy scheduling that is inherent in the food truck world, but it doesn’t seem to be a smart way to run a business.

I had wanted to visit this truck as a means of telling you that the next Orlando Oviedo Food Truck Bazaar will be this Sunday, June 12, at the Oviedo Mall from 6 to 10 p.m. Instead, it gives me a chance to tell you about some food I sampled at the last bazaar from a truck that will also be there Sunday.

It’s FireHouse Bbq, a truck out of Deland, and it would hard to miss it. The truck looks like a standard issue red and black fire rescue squad (except the real thing doesn’t usually have smoke coming out of it). Owner Craig Kimmel comes by the look naturally -- he’s a real-life fire fighter, and so are most of the people working with him. Fire fighters have always been known as foodies, and it certainly shows here.

I sampled a hefty selections of FireHouse Bbq’s barbecue, including some of the best ribs I’ve tasted in a while. The meat had a wonderful juicy mouthfeel without being fatty, and it gave up its hold on the bone without much pulling.

The brisket was also exceptional, a slow-cooked prime cut of beef. But you don’t have to take my word on how good it is -- it won the 2007 Jack Daniels World Championship. Good pulled pork? You bet. And the sides I sampled were all good, too, especially the bourbon baked beans and the potato salad, which was made with bacon and cheddar cheese. (As far as I’m concerned, if you make your potato salad with bacon and cheddar cheese, you don’t even need potatoes in it.)

As you make your choices for which food trucks you’ll sample Sunday, be sure to consider FireHouse Bbq. I think you’ll agree with me that it’s worth standing in line for.

Other trucks that will be there Sunday include: C & S Brisket Bus (debut), Mama's Fixins (debut), The Winter Park Fish Co, Big Wheel Provisions, The Crooked Spoon, The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, The Traveling Gourmet, Country Chuck Wagon, The Mobile Deli, Pupusas Truck, Sunset Italian Ice, Tastebuds and Treehouse Truck.

But don’t quote me on that last truck.