BoutTyme Bbq food truck brings St. Louis-style barbecue to North Texas
Keith Stokes learned to cook as a child and helped out at his grandfather’s grill restaurant in St. Louis, MO.
Stokes is now bringing some of the same techniques and flavors to a street corner in Irving, where he opened his popular BoutTyme Bbq food truck in March.
The truck mixes Texas staples like brisket with St. Louis favorites like rib tips, which are the meaty chunks from the end of spare ribs. Customers are queuing and popular items sell out in two or three hours most days.
“I haven’t seen a lot of mom and pop grills around me, so I decided to open my own,” said Stokes, a former head chef at Lockheed Martin. “I never would have thought in a million years that it would take off like this.”
Brisket, which he smokes for 12 hours, can be served alone or on top of smoked cheese. Rib tips and riblets, pork ribs cut into smaller pieces, are also popular. The meat is served St. Louis style, that is, on a piece of white bread. BoutTyme also serves loaded french fries, loaded baked potatoes, giant turkey thighs, hot limbs, smoked sausage, baked beans, and potato salad.
Describing his sauce as a little sweet with a bit of citrus, Stokes said a customer recently told him it was good enough to drink through a straw.
The food truck is already growing, said Stokes. He wants to add skilled chefs and even a second location, likely in the Mesquite or Garland area.
“That is my passion. This is my dream, ”he said. “It feels like this happened overnight. I still can not believe it. “
BoutTyme is located on 4002 N. Belt Line Road in front of a Valero gas station on the corner of Belt Line and Country Club Drive. The opening times are Tuesday to Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm and Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.