Smokin D’s Barbecue, the winner in this year’s Best Pueblo Food Truck category, is a family affair. Owned by Debbie Davidson, her husband Dennis Saldo, son Timmothy Ramirez, and his partner Nick Beattie, the truck has served “Southern Colorado barbecue” in the Steel City for just over a year.
“These are all original recipes and we make everything from scratch,” Davidson said. “We’ve all had lots of barbecue in the South and the East, and we brought those ideas here, but we’re not like a Kansas City or Memphis barbecue.”
Davidson said, for instance, their pulled pork is topped with a seared pork jelly and, since the truck recently began serving breakfast at 6 a.m. during the week, even the cinnamon roll flour is smoked for a unique flavor.
Davidson, a special education teacher when not in the truck, has been in Colorado for about five years. Explaining she has a son who serves in the U.S. Marine Corps., Davidson said the truck offers a 30 percent discount to police, firefighters and military personnel.
“We have great respect for what they do. They deserve to be honored,” she said.
Davidson said being recognized as Pueblo’s best food truck instills a great sense of pride.
“We work so hard to get the best-quality food we can possibly put out there. … It’s an honor to know people think this about us.”