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BBQ coming to a community near you Blazin’ a trail of good eats across northeast Oklahoma


Story and photos by Clint Branham, Communica ons Specialist


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rian Norton is a long way from western Kansas, but the infl uences of the li le drive-in restaurant his family owned and operated there for many years are alive and well today in northeast Oklahoma. If you’ve seen a shiny, red food truck here in our neck of the woods peddling Blazin’ B’s BBQ, well, that’s Brian.


Brian and Melisa, his wife of 17 years, are members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Coopera ve. They, along with their colorful Blazin’ B’s BBQ truck, can be found in Vinita most Wednesdays in the vicinity of the sale barn. They usually set up east of the sale barn, just across 7th Street. If it is rainy or muddy, they move over to the Atwood’s parking lot across Illinois Street.


On Thursdays, folks up in Miami can fi nd the Nortons’ barbecue on wheels on Main Street next to the AT&T store. Beginning May 4, Grove residents will have a chance to enjoy Blazin’ B’s mobile barbecue opera on during food truck Fridays.


Of course, there are always other special events taking place around the area that may bring the truck to a community near you. They are a regular at the Flying Cow Arena at A on.


“We try to operate twelve months out of the year. Our only setback is the cold weather,” Brian remarked. “If it is below


forty degrees, you probably won’t see us out that day.”


Brian said not only is cold weather tough on his equipment, he’s found people aren’t as inclined to venture out when temperatures dip. But when the weather is nice, watch out. Good barbecue is popular fare here in Oklahoma and Blazin’ B’s is good barbecue.


“One of our biggest challenges in this business is knowing how much food to prepare each day,” Brian said. “We strive to do our very best to have enough for all our customers.”


Added Brian: “I like to stay closer to home so I can get back home in  me to put stuff on to slow cook it the way it should be. I don’t like to rush anything. That’s why we don’t travel farther than what we do.”


The Blazin’ B’s menu features several excellent op ons for lunch or dinner, as well as tasty sides to complement. Brian says he prefers a menu that isn’t extravagant. That, he said, allows him to focus on doing things the right way.


“We keep our menu fairly simple so we can specialize in the products we do serve,” he said.


You can’t go wrong with Blazin’ B’s BBQ, whether you choose ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, Polish sausage, or smoked bologna. You can order a sandwich, a dinner,


Brian Norton tends to meat in the smoker. 4 - NE Connection


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