HELOTES, Texas -- B.R. Anderson and his family figured Texas styled barbecue was a safe bet. Selling it on a food truck back in 2012? Yeah, perhaps it's a little risky. Taking on a friend to move into an actual restaurant space? So far, so good.
B-Daddy Barbeque is part food truck and part restaurant. The truck gave birth to the location at 14436 Bandera Rd. when church friends from the men's ministry decided to go into business in Sept. 2015.
"A lot of my friends looked at me and said you know you've done everything wrong," said Timothy Shaw.
Shaw, a former Northside Independent School District vice-principal, said his friends said he and his wife crossed into three high risk areas of investment. They put money in a small business that's a restaurant with a friend.
"We think we have something special here," he said.
The food truck still rolls daily for B-Daddy's. As for the brick and mortar operation, its doors have only been open since January.
"We just try to put all our heart into what we produce," said a manager named J.J. "We try to give the best quality we can and people seem to like it."
B-Daddy's location has had more lives than a cat. The space has been everything from army barracks to a general store. Other restaurants have come and failed at the very same address. Many believe the spot is only conducive for barbecue. Any other business is cursed.
The origin of the businesses' name comes from Anderson's children who called him B-Daddy.
"When it came time to naming the food truck and restaurant the kids said it's obvious," said Shaw. "That is how the name was born."
Texas-style smoked meats is this barbecue joint's specialty. There's a fire in the grill nearly 24/7 in the Helotes business where they use live oak wood to cook their product slowly.
"Good barbecue takes a long time," said J.J.
Premium all natural Angus brisket, turkey and baby back ribs are the hot sellers. Neighborhood Eats had to get to a sample.
B-Daddy's sliced us a platter of the meats to chew on. The baby-back ribs were tender and savory. The brisket was just as delicious. The same can be said for the brisket sandwich on a jalapeno and cheese bun. Que Rico!
Their smoked turkey comes highly touted from Texas Monthly magazine. Folks, this is a good gobbler!
On the side of the smoked meat is their popular mac and cheese. It is creamy, not too cheesy and mouthwatering. Que Rico!
The cream-styled jalapeno corn is a hit. The chipotle coleslaw is flavorful too.
The next time someone asks Neighborhood Eats who's the daddy of BBQ? Our answer: B-Daddy's!
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