Serving up wood-smoked BBQ
If you like wood-fired, slow-smoked barbecue, you are in luck.
David Brown and Jerry Roland opened Renegades BBQ on May 30 and have been serving up barbecue deliciousness throughout the summer. They smoke their meats on site, including tri-tip, ribs and pulled pork. They also feature their unique Indian fried bread with their various barbecue dishes.
Brown was previously a head chef at Shoji's in Bend.
He explained his reasons for starting up his food cart in the food court by Hometown Animal Hospital on Northeast Third Street. "This is the first time I have ever done a barbecue," he commented. "I used to be a head chef for a restaurant in Bend back in the 90s. My business partner barbecues five to six days per week. I have always wanted to open up another food truck or food cart. So, we just kind of combined both of our strengths together."
They begin their day at 3 a.m., and all their meat is wood fired. They specialize in a barbecue infusion in their sandwiches, slow-smoked ribs and pulled pork, tri-tip, and they also offer Indian tacos and fried bread. Their Renegade Burger includes one pound of meat with a half-pound of beef patty with a half-pound of pulled pork and bacon on Indian fried bread.
Also popular is their Good, Bad and Ugly tri-tip sandwich, Crook County Cheesesteak and pulled pork sandwiches.
"We have a pastrami-topped burger, with our own slow-smoked pastrami on it," Brown added. "Everything we do is fresh. We go to the butcher each morning to get our meat. Even our burger is fresh-ground every morning."
He added that their meat is also local.
The business is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or until they are sold out. Brown emphasized that it can be dependent on weather, and a nice day often results in selling out of their famous barbecue.
Brown is in also in charge of booking the music on Saturdays for their local concerts by Ochoco Creek. They have open mics every Sunday, with live music on Saturdays. He played in a band in the past, and Brown was born and raised in Central Oregon.
Brown noted that they intend to be operating year-round, although this will be their first winter.
"This winter will be a test run," he concluded.
Owners: David Brown and Jerry Roland
Address: 1255 NE Third St., Prineville, OR 97754
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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