In the blink of an eye, the restaurant, which honors the military and local police officers and firemen, has grown from a single location in Glen Burnie in 2011 to plans to open 40 stores by 2018.
By the end of this year, Mission BBQ will open three new restaurants: California in St. Mary's County in July, Canton in October, and York, PA, after that.
It opened its Perry Hall store (pictured during its grand opening) in November 2012.
Mission BBQ offers a menu of delicious All-American barbecue, featuring brisket, pulled pork, sliced turkey, ribs, and more, and signature sauces such as Memphis Belle, St. Louis Red, Texas Twang, and even Maryland Bay-B-Que. Sides like mac-n-cheese and green beans and bacon are made from scratch.
Owners Steve Newton and Bill Kraus traveled around the country, sampling a variety of barbecue, to develop their menu. But the likable guys aren't done. They continue to visit venues known for great barbecue to incorporate into their lineup.
Another reason to visit the restaurant is its patriotic commitment. At noon each day, employees and diners pause, with hands over hearts, to listen to taped renditions of the National Anthem. It's a moving experience to behold.
At the magazine, we're excited that Mission BBQ will be one of the featured food vendors at our Best of Baltimore party on August 1. For tickets, visit our website.
We can say we knew them when. These guys are destined for national fame.