The Rib Whip: New S.F. Food Truck Has BBQ Smoker On Board

Mockup of The Rib Whip BBQ truck, which is headed for a permanent spot in SOMA later this month.

Mockup of The Rib Whip BBQ truck, which is headed for a permanent spot in SOMA later this month.

By John Birdsall | SFoodie Editor

A new barbecue truck is expected to roll out in San Francisco this week when truck startup The Rib Whip makes its debut at Off the Grid: UN Plaza. Owner and Missouri native Ryan Gessel was passing his last inspections in S.F. on Friday. After The Rib Whip’s OTG rollout, Gessel plans to park his truck daily in a SOMA parking lot on Brannan near Third Street, not far from the spot recently carved out by Le Truc.

The Rib Whip Logo

Gessel tells SFoodie he thinks The Rib Whip will be the nation’s only truck with an onboard smoker. Gessel’s installed a small Southern Pride smoker with digital controls, meaning he’ll have the ability to smoke beef brisket, say, the drop the temperature down to 150˚ and keep it warm, slicing slabs to order. Stay tuned for more details about The Rib Whip’s permanent location. Meanwhile, follow updates on Twitter @TheRibWhip.