Pit Crew BBQ: A Taste of Smoked Perfection

By K. Woodzick, Editor 

Sometimes you just feel like barbecue. Comfort food that will fill you up and leave you licking your fingertips for the last taste of delicious sauces. When I found out that the Pit Crew BBQ food truck visited the Woodruff BP on Thursdays, I decided to ask the Northwoods News team if they wanted to sample some southern style goodness. They eagerly agreed.

There’s a certain magic about food trucks. They offer us freedom and convenience while expanding our palates and creating community. The ladies working in the food truck were warm and friendly, and made me feel like I had been getting lunch from them for years.

I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and mac and cheese, and my colleague, Kelly, ordered the pulled pork nachos. BBQ purists will enjoy the four different choices of sauce: Louisiana Hot and Spicy, Carolina Tangy Gold, Sweet Baby Rays and Sweet and Bold.

I went with Sweet Baby Rays for my pulled pork sandwich. Each bite is a masterful combination of pulled pork, BBQ sauce and light, fluffy bread. The macaroni and cheese is decadent and hearty with a creamy texture, the kind of food my grandpa would say “sticks to your ribs.”

Kelly was pleasantly surprised how they were able to bring the authentic BBQ flavor and texture to the pulled pork. She shared that the nachos were simple yet flavorful, and enjoyed the crispy chips along with cheese, salsa and jalapenos.

You can truly taste the time and effort that goes into smoking the meat. The culinary alchemy of their BBQ rub and the several hours a week the meat spends getting just right comes through in every bite.

With origins in Mercer, Pit Crew BBQ provided all the meat for the first annual Mercer Backyard BBQ Cook Off, which was held on June 12th. It’s no wonder that they have built a loyal following over the last three seasons, especially in light of local restaurants having reduced hours and some people still hesitant to dine inside.

Look for Pit Crew BBQ at special events throughout the Northwoods. They make regular stops in Ashland, Mercer and Woodruff. The best way to keep tabs on them is to follow their Facebook page. Lunch or dinner from the food truck would make for a wonderful picnic or boating adventure. Make sure you bring cash and grab plenty of napkins. I know I’ll be back for seconds!


K. Woodzick is a life-long theatre artist and has over a decade of experience as a non-profit marketing professional and writer. They live in Woodruff with their silver lab, River.