The appropriately named Mission BBQ will focus on serving American barbecue (I'll explain that in a minute) and also giving back to the military and local police and fire departments through special donations and meals.
Co-owner Bill Kraus—a former senior VP of marketing at Under Amour—says he wants to honor those who serve us so well and also because "I'm the proud parent of a currently deployed U.S. Marine."
The symbolism goes deeper when you find out that Mission's first brick-and-mortar restaurant will open on Sept. 11. The new place will be located in Harundale Plaza in Glen Burnie, but Bill and his partner Steve Newton—a former Outback Steakhouse honcho—hope it will be the first of many.
For now, the barbecue business is operating out of a truck with an impressive, built-in smoker, pictured, doing catering. The truck was part of the Severna Park Fourth of July parade yesterday.
Bill and Steve traveled around the country in their previous jobs, and along the way, they got to taste a lot of barbecue. "We've had good barbecue and bad barbecue," Bill says. "We wanted to bring the best we had back to Baltimore."
To create an all-American barbecue menu, the partners are offering customers a choice of sauces so they can customize their meals. Condiments will include Georgia mustard, North Carolina vinegar, and regional sauces representing barbecue styles from Texas, Memphis, St. Louis, Kansas City, and more.
They are developing a signature sauce, too, with Old Bay. Who says Maryland can't jump on the barbecue bandwagon?
But before any sauces are administered, meats—ranging from ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, and chicken—will be rubbed with spices and cooked to a delicious state. Sides like baked beans, slaw, and creamed corn will be available, too.
There will also be sodas, other beverages, and canned American beer like Natty Boh and Pabst.
"We want to remind guests of an old-time barbecue in the backyard with family and friends." Bill says.
For information, visit Mission BBQ's website.