Arnold and Leigha Mendez opened their meals truck, Arn’s BBQ, with the aim of offering the Flathead Valley with genuine Central Texas barbecue. The couple has at all times liked making good meals because it gathers folks collectively.
“In any case,” Arnold laughed. “Everybodys gotta eat!”
Arnold and Leigha bought their begin by bringing meals to small events. Finally, Arnold’s barbecue grew to become well-known amongst their pals, household, and coworkers.
“We’d present as much as an occasion, and folks would say ‘Hey! Arn’s barbecue is right here’ and that’s how we bought our title,” Arnold stated.
Then, pals requested them to cater small occasions and from there, their enterprise continued to develop with them opening their meals truck in July 2021.
Arnold barbecues beef ribs, smoked turkey and rooster, and the fan favourite is their brisket. Leigha creates the home made barbecue sauce and southern-inspired sides similar to macaroni and cheese and peach cobbler, each of that are comprised of scratch and gluten-free.
Leigha feels it will be significant that their meals is inclusive.
“There’s no motive to make somebody really feel like they’re an inconvenience as a result of they’ve an allergy,” she stated.
After spending the final 10 years perfecting their craft, the couple says they refuse to compromise on high quality or style.
The important thing components to Central Texas barbecue is heavy salt, and heavy pepper to season the meat, after which smoking the meat over publish oak, which grows in abundance in Texas. With a view to keep the authenticity of their meals, Arnold drives all the way down to Texas thrice a 12 months so as to choose up a trailer load of publish oak.
“The publish oak interacts nicely with the salt and pepper and we use this on all of our meat,” he stated.
Whereas the pair get pleasure from cooking from the guts, they determined it was necessary to create recipes for his or her meals to make sure the standard and consistency of every meal.
“We wish it to be constant and what folks need to come again to,” he stated.
Rising up, each Leigha and Arnold’s households used meals as a solution to join with the neighborhood and present hospitality to their pals.
“They are saying there are 5 love languages… nicely, the sixth is meals,” Leigha laughed.
Regardless of the dearth of a brick-and-mortar restaurant, you will need to them that patrons are nonetheless served home-cooked, heat meals.
“I need to present hospitality even in a industrial setting,” Leigha stated.
The Mendezes’ 4 kids are additionally concerned within the group of Arn’s BBQ. Annie, Maddie, Maverick and Cody assist their dad and mom by placing collectively sandwiches, taking orders, giving out samples, and serving to with the circulation of the queue. The youngsters stated that they love studying about entrepreneurship and enterprise administration.
Arnold and Leigha need to be the go-to for Texas barbecue within the Flathead Valley.
“When somebody thinks of Texas barbecue, I would like them to think about us,” Arnold stated.
Arn’s BBQ caters for weddings, festivals and different occasions, they usually have streamlined their course of to serve about 100 folks in 30 to 40 minutes. Arn’s BBQ plans to be at Beneath the Large Sky Competition in July and Kalispell Brewing Firm most Sundays between Could and August. Try their web site for dates, occasions and areas at arnsbbq.com or go to their Instagram web page @ArnsBBQ