Doug Walker, the owner of the Backwoods BBQ food truck is now teasing the residents and visitors of downtown Mathews with the faint smell of smoke fired pork butts 5 days a week from his new restaurant location at 26 Main Street!
Doug started selling his pit-fired barbecue during the pandemic after closing his lawnmower repair business. Starting out in a mobile food truck, he parked at various locations around Main Street growing a loyal customer base over the years.
This summer he officially opened the doors to his brand new restaurant located right beside Moughons ACE Hardware. The building has undergone quite the transformation throughout starting with the striking green exterior color. Walk through the door to find an intimate, clean space with spacious seating and a deli cooler for grab-n-go items. The soft teal colored walls compliment the hand-painted murals of popular Mathews landmarks on the windows. These were painted by local artist, Theresa Morgan.
A menu that makes your mouth water
Here you can find his famous platters and combos, sandwiches and quality sides for dine-in or take out. He smokes his pork for 10-14 hours using cherry, oak or pecan hardwoods. The menu includes meat-lovers favorites like signature ribs, North-Carolina-style barbecue, brisket and southern comfort style sides such as potato salad, corn bread, slaw, macaroni salad or chips. If you’re lucky you might drop by and get lucky to find pork belly as a special!
Another unique aspect to this restaurant is his partnership with a small scale producer. Brad’s BBQ Sauce, owned by Brad Payne, now makes his vinegar-based product right inside Backwood’s commercial kitchen for customers to enjoy as they dine, or buy to take home. You might recognize him as a weekly vendor at the Mathews Farmers Market.
The food truck is still available for the community to book for private events such as weddings, reunions, birthday parties, and school, festival, and sporting events.
Currently Backwoods BBQ is open on weekdays, and looking towards being open on Saturdays in the future. Go check them out!