After you find your passion that’s when success starts poking through. Once Kristen Bailey and Anton Gaffney decided to set out on the road with Sweets & Meats BBQ they never looked back. Even more so than that, they have set their sights on new and upcoming ventures to expand their business.
With the help of family and multiple friends, Sweets & Meats has taken off and found success after success all over the Cincinnati area. Using recipes that are just as good as they are secretive, Sweets & Meats will satisfy your taste buds with their own personal flair and take on Good Old Fashioned Southern BBQ. If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch them in person, make it a point to do so as soon as you can.
Brittany Anderson, Anton’s daughter, told us about their experience for our series, My Experience… Food Truck Exclusive. She shared with us some exciting new plans for this bbq business.
Food Truck Exclusive: Q&A with Brittany Anderson from Sweets & Meats BBQ
How did your dad, Anton, end up with a food truck (and why did he name it Sweets & Meats)?
Brittany Anderson: “My dad has always really liked to cook. He’s really been great on the grills. He started off with a small smoker and he would go to different locations and cook outside where people would stop by. He worked his way up to buy the truck and we’ve been doing that for about two years. And now we’re going to get a new location.”
“The name came from the fact that we do BBQ and we have desserts. We don’t just do pulled pork and pulled chicken. We can offer pastries. I think the peach cobbler is probably the most popular one. We’re partnered with a woman named Renee and she makes the pastries for us while Anton does the cooking. “
What’s on the menu?
BA: “Our BBQ sauce is homemade but it is a secret recipe, so I don’t even know it! But it is the best BBQ I have ever tasted.
“The BBQ four-way is very popular. It comes with macaroni and cheese and then you can top it with pulled pork or pulled chicken and then coleslaw, with barbecue sauce on top.
“We have pulled pork and pulled chicken. We make the basic sandwiches but then we also have the BBQ four-ways. We also do ribs which are really popular, that’s probably the most popular thing, and they sell out really fast. We did a smoked meatloaf and I think that’s going to be back on our menu pretty soon because that was a hit. And then we have all of our pastries like the peach cobbler or the sweet potato pie. Right now the only sides that we’re doing are the macaroni and cheese, the cornbread and green beans but once we move into the new location the menu is going to be extended.”
What’s the store going to be like?
BA: “We have the same foods that we have on the truck, in the store but we have more sides because we are able to have one location and we don’t have to transport everything. It’s really exciting that our customers are going to know that there’s a definite place to find us at all times rather than looking for our truck on the Facebook page or on Instagram. They know that we’re always going to be in Mt. Washington.”
What do you like about working on the food truck?
BA: “My favorite thing about the food truck is that everything is so close together. You always know where to find everything because it has to be super organized because it’s so small. It’s also really nice working with everyone so close together because it’s really comfortable. We feel like a family on the truck. So that’s my favorite thing about it.”
How to Find Sweets & Meats BBQ
The carryout store will open in June at 2249 Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati.
The food truck operates April through November for catering and events (options include full-service buffet or catered with food truck).