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Hidden Gems: Meet Kyle Anderson of B-Daddy’s BBQ

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle Anderson. Them and their team share their story with us below:

For B.R. Anderson, barbecue was the medium that brought laughter to his table. Every Wednesday evening, B.R. would leave his corporate job and take his place at the pit. Creating all sorts of smoked and grilled meats and world-famous sides (or at least down-the-block famous).

When he grilled it, they would come and it was those moments that made B.R. the happiest. Finally, in 2012, B.R. wised up, quit his corporate job, and did what any rational person would do — buy and refurbish a food truck with his son Kyle. What was once a passion became a calling. The mobile smoker enabled B.R. and Kyle to bring meats into the community and B-Daddy’s took off.

Follow the smoke from the B-Daddy’s trailer and you’d spot them at Spurs tailgates, the Rodeo, and more. What was a small, Wednesday family gathering became a six-day-a-week gathering with B.R.’s extended family — the people of San Antonio. Fast forward to 2016 and it was time to put down roots.

With the support of their close friends and family, B-Daddy’s opened its doors in Helotes, welcoming the community to pull up chairs and become family for an hour or three. Swing by today and you’ll still find B.R. behind the grill with his right-hand man, Kyle, manning the front of the house.

Though his daughter Haley receives credit for the name B-Daddy, Kyle is a silent and steady force in the family operation. The location might have changed from days in B.R.s backyard but the recipes are still authentically family-style barbecue.

The smoke washes out of your clothing but the laughter is forever.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It’s definitely been a bumpy road! When the food truck first opened, we were lucky if we sold one whole. brisket a day. At first, the biggest struggle was getting the word out that we were open, and finding key locations for the food truck to be successful.

We were fortunate enough to catch the attention of the person in charge of booking food trucks at the AT&T Center and started setting up at Spurs games, Concerts, and special events at the AT&T Center – which helped tremendously. When running a food truck or trailer, there are inherently going to be obstacles to overcome.

One of the biggest being engine/generator and electrical problems. Whether it’s replacing an electrical plug on the fly, or replacing a spark plug generator – we learned a food truck operator has to always be prepared for anything!

Flash forward to opening a brick-and-mortar location, and with it, a whole new list of problems and challenges to overcome. There is never a dull moment in a building that is over 100 years old. Whether it is plumbing, leaking roofs, or old air conditioning units – our building keeps us on our toes!

We’ve been impressed with B-Daddy’s BBQ, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a family-owned and operated small business based in Helotes, TX. We started as a food truck and eventually rooted ourselves in our hometown of Helotes, TX when we opened our brick-and-mortar location.

We make all of our food fresh from scratch every day, and cook our bbq the traditional Texas way – patience and smoke! One of our most popular items is our brisket grilled cheese sandwich – we sell more of them than a traditional brisket sandwich!

We are proud to put out top-notch, high-quality, Texas BBQ Tuesday-Sunday. We were recently recognized as the #4 bbq spot to eat at in San Antonio, out of 186 other restaurants, which is a HUGE accomplishment for us. Everything we do is done with passion, and we love to share that passion with our patrons.

Pricing:

  • Sandwiches $9-$14
  • Sides – $4-15
  • Meats – Market Pricing
  • Family Meals – $60-$120

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Image Credits
Michelle Johnson

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