Yeovil restaurant set to transform huge 70s US fire engine into mobile meat smoker

A Yeovil restaurant is set to transform a vintage US fire engine into a mobile meat smoker. The owner of Texas Rocks has revealed how the American-style steakhouse has shipped a 1970s fire truck across the Atlantic Ocean for the new project while the restaurant remains closed during lockdown. Kevin Sanger says the ambitious scheme will allow chefs at the Yankee eatery on Middle Street to smoke ‘mountains’ of meat at events across the region.

Mr Sanger said: “It arrived at the port this week and we are looking to pick it up soon and begin work as soon as we can. Looking for today’s top stories in one place? Sign up for our newsletter here “A local friend of mine is a brilliant sheet fabricator so he is going to help us with constructing the meat smoker in the back of the truck.

“It’s actually quite technical in terms of getting the smoker right with the correct amount of air flow and so we have been talking to a company in the US that has been helping us out with the plans. “We are going to fix it up, and spray it black, and it’ll look like a brand new vehicle when it’s completed.” Mr Sanger said: “We often provide catering at weddings, rock concerts and corporate dos, but what we found is when we did these events sometimes we would have a big queue of people waiting for food because we didn’t have the capacity to cook fast enough.

“With the fire engine we will be able to smoke plenty of meat beforehand.” Mr Sanger says when the project is finished chefs will be able to smoke ribs and beef brisket for six hours in the back of the fire truck. He added: “We’ll be experimenting with different recipes and different flavours to see what works best.

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“The events are not the biggest part of the business, the restaurant always comes first.

“However we aim to do about 15 events a year, although that has all changed this year with the lockdown.

“We are just always trying to push the boundaries and we want to exceed people’s expectations.”

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