During summers as a kid we would load up the station wagon and take a road trip to Springfield, Illinois to visit the Grandparents. This is where some of my fondest childhood memories come from. Swimming at the Tapocik's pool, riding the go-kart up and down Deerview Ln, getting up at the crack of dawn to go fishing, going to baseball games, playing card games with Grandma Laura, late night runs to DQ and Knight's Action Park (just to name a few).
The trip would always culminate with a family reunion with the Wells/Petrilli gang on the 4th of July. I remember people being scattered all over the house and a lot of times they had to spill out into the yard. I remember that there was always more food than anyone knew what to do with and that's saying a lot coming from a very Italian family. The day would end with the kids catching fireflies at dusk and then a small fireworks display out front when the sun went down.
It was an event.
Fast forward to my adult life where Rene (my wife) and I started our own 4th of July tradition of going to the parade and then having a cookout at our house with family/friends. It started very small with just burgers & dogs but in the summer of 2013 we decided to step it up and do a pig roast and we never looked back. It's grown every year to the point where we've got family coming in from Illinois, Florida & Boston on a good year. Pictured above is the crew from the 2017 roast. We have people scattered all over the house/yard and we have more food than anyone knows what to do with, the kids have water balloon fights & play on a massive slip-n-slide while the adults play Molkky & corn hole.
It is an event.
The idea of Uncle Bacon's BBQ was born during these events. The feedback we've received over the years has been amazing and really got us thinking that we could turn this into something more. Rene's got a knack for event planning and I've got a knack for smoked deliciousness so forming a Mobile Food Service / Catering company only felt right.
For as long as I can remember, our niece would spend summers with us in Ohio. It was during that time that she noticed that almost everything I cooked included bacon and as a result she started referring to me as "Uncle Bacon". I've got 8 nieces and 1 nephew (and counting) and they all refer to me as such (or will once they can start talking). When we decided to create this business, we could think of no better name than Uncle Bacon's BBQ.
My goal is to give you something you've never had before. I don't know about the rest of you, but when I go to a fair/festival I'm looking for things I can't usually find! Bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, pig shots & bacon wrapped sausage fatties to name just a couple. Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram to see where we'll be next!