The Diesel Dirt and Turf Expo featured a superabundance of eye catching machines. But, as we wandered for the first time into the outdoor eatery, our eyes were collectively drawn to one beautiful creation in particular. A midnight blue, 1952 Chevvy GMC 9600 truck with a massive meat-smoking rig on the back. With a sweet little kombi van parked up next to it, and the most delicious aromas emanating from it, we decided to take a closer look.
Rhys, one of the owners, said they rescued the old truck from a field, fixed her up and had the massive wood smoker installed on the back. They carefully select aromatic woods and, when working somewhere like DDT, are up in the middle of the night, prepping for the next day. The meat slow cooks over 16 hours and the lads are selective but creative with the flavour blends they choose.
We conducted repeated experiments across the three day expo to confirm their food is reliably phenomenal. With a whole new menu every day, we looked forward to lunches even more than usual. Which is saying a lot.
It’s always impressive to see beautiful old machines lovingly brought back to life (a topic we’re fond of writing about). But to see one put to such a unique use warms our hearts, tummies and taste buds all at once.