Pappa Charlies Barbecue Braves Challenges Of A Trailer To Bring You Quality ‘Cue
The Chronicle visited local barbecue trailer Pappa Charlies Barbeque to get a sense of what it’s like to operate out of a trailer. The trailer, which is often parked in Montrose outside of Jackson’s Watering Hole at 1205 Richmond, is the first professional cooking gig for owner/pitmaster Wesley Jurena, who admits “the logistics of a trailer are rough.” He started out in the competitive barbecue circuit before pursuing the business full time after getting laid off in 2012.
On top of all the regular small business challenges Jurena faces are factors such as weather, higher food costs due to the lack of storage options, and finding regular locations to park and serve.
However difficult his challenges, Jurena’s barbecue has been well-received in Houston and is respected among enthusiasts. He’s hoping to find a permanent home for his ‘cue in the near future. (One can only hope it will be in Montrose.)