Neighbor Tim’s BBQ

Neighbor Tim’s BBQ is a food truck that is settles in Goleta; they are consistently at Happy Harry’s Produce Market (7020 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117), but can also be found occasionally at UCSB events, like the farmers market. This truck sells Texas style barbecue meat as part a meal. The meal includes your selection of meats, which is usually a choice between brisket and pulled pork, a choice of a side, between mac and cheese, baked beans, and coleslaw. You also get some Hawaiian bread rolls with the meal, and they occasionally sell baby back ribs as well.

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Neighbor Tim’s BBQ truck with Neighbor Tim & wife

After discovering them via Instagram, my mom and I stopped by for a quick lunch, since we were in the area anyway. Their food was so good! I have never had BBQ like that before, and the meal it came as was a perfect amount of food! We have gone back multiple times and I am so glad that we managed to discover this amazing place! I have, so far, tried their pulled pork, and their ribs, along with all of their sides, and my current favorite meal is the ribs with baked beans, even though it’s all delicious.

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Ribs + brisket to go with sides.

Their venue is great, too; Happy Harry’s has a small backyard with two picnic tables surrounded by grass and greenery, which creates an adorable area to sit and enjoy your meal. Also, since Neighbor Tim’s doesn’t sell any drinks, it’s great to have a place right next door to be able to grab something to have with lunch.

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Two meals, with a glimpse of the eating area

Even though it took me a while to write a post about Neighbor Tim’s, this food truck is probably my favorite that I have been to so far. The owners are so nice and polite, and they’re what gave me the inspiration to make this blog in the first place. Neighbor Tim was talking about how he has to be situated in Goleta now because of the new regulations. I had no idea about these regulations, and after looking into them, I decided I should do something while I could.

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A meal with pulled pork and baked beans

All in all, Neighbor Tim’s BBQ is an amazing and delicious food truck that I believe everyone should go to and enjoy. Be sure to rate them below, or comment your favorite type of BBQ food. I’ll see you guys next week and remember,

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Jerky Junction

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Jerky Junction From Front

Over the spring break, I was in Truckee, a little town on the border of California and Nevada; while I was there I tried to find a food truck, since I want my blog to eventually go beyond Santa Barbara, and this was a good start. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one that fit the exact term “food truck”, but I did manage to find a store converted from a train, and since it used to be a mobile vehicle, I decided it was close enough. This store was Jerky Junction, a store that, clearly,  sells beef jerky.

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Jerky Junction from Side/Front

They don’t only sell beef jerky, though. They also sell jerky from plenty of other animals and not even the common ones, like salmon or turkey, they have jerky from sharks to wild boars. They also have plenty of candy, almost a whole wall of it, along with local, raw honey, along with mixed nuts, and “got jerky?” tee-shirts.

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From left to right; Ahi Jerky, Snapping Turtle Jerky, Wild Boar Jerky, Kangaroo Jerky, Whiskey Rabbit Jerky

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When I was there, I got a bag of the kangaroo jerky, since it was interesting and I had never heard of that before. Before I ate it, I decided to look at what other people thought of it, and saw a mixed opinion, some people thought it was disgusting, while others felt it was delicious. For me, I was kind of in between; for the most part it tasted just like beef jerky, which is something that I really enjoy, however, it had an aftertaste that was hard to put my finger on. It was the type of thing where I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, which only encouraged me to take another bite; I can see how some people could love it.

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Kangaroo Jerky

The Jerky Junction, all in all, was a very fascinating and creative place, that I would highly recommend you check out if you ever find yourself in Truckee. I am not the only one who thinks this, as they have a 5 star rating on yelp, out of 11 ratings. Tell me what you would rate them below in the poll; I’ll see you next time and remember,

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Where Are All The Trucks?

Over the past week, while trying to find a food truck for (what was supposed to be) this week’s post, it occurred to me just how difficult it is to find a food truck, especially if it’s in a city you don’t live in or know very well.

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Side view of the bus

It seems to me that you can only find food trucks via word of mouth, which is incredibly frustrating. There is no organized and inclusive way to find food trucks, and those websites or apps that are close, are generally largely outdated, and, at least in Santa Barbara, about half of the trucks are completely out of commission.

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Churro Truck from the back/side

I was going on a small trip over the weekend, so I had a couple of cities that weren’t SB to look for food trucks at, to post about for this week. After over an hour of research about two different cities and around 10 different food trucks, I found a single food truck that was open on Sunday, but might have been at an event that you needed tickets to go to. They might have also had another food truck open, but I’m not sure.

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Burger Bus cheeseburger

Even with the bare amount of information that I got, I still wasn’t even sure if it was all true and accurate. This is not exactly a problem that’s caused by the owners of food trucks, but it certainly doesn’t help that none of them seem to post very often of social media. From what I’ve learned, though, they do respond, to the best of their ability, impossibly quickly and succinctly to any questions you may have.

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Neighbor Tim’s BBQ

All in all, it is way more difficult than it should be to find food trucks in cities that aren’t big or don’t have a huge food truck community. Of course, I might be totally wrong about this, so if any of you know of a good, effective way to find food trucks, I would be so thankful if you commented what it was!

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Dave’s Dogs hot dogs

Sorry for the lack of relation to the photos, it’s hard to find a photo that fits with this post! I’ll see you all next week and remember,

Keep Trucking On!

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