Louisville, KY: 502 Cafe

Barbeque pit master Chris Williams has been cultivating his trade since childhood.
His 502 Cafe food trucks brings specialities like pulled pork sandwiches to the streets of Louisville. (Photo: 502 Cafe)

By Jere Downs  |  Courier-Journal

Barbeque pit master Chris Williams has been cultivating his trade since childhood. His 502 Cafe food trucks brings specialities like pulled pork sandwiches to the streets of Louisville. (Photo: 502 Cafe)
Barbeque pit master Chris Williams has been cultivating his trade since childhood.
His 502 Cafe food trucks brings specialities like pulled pork sandwiches to the streets of Louisville.
(Photo: 502 Cafe)

Question: What is your story?

Answer: 502cafe was established in 2011. As a teenager, pitmasterA Chris Williams became interested in smoking BBQ as a hobby and got rave reviews from friends and family. After years of perfecting his smoking techniques and the flavor of his dry rub & sauces, he decided to take his smoker to the streets. Literally.

Q: What food do you serve?

A: Our most popular item is our Smoked Brisket with Bourbon Bacon Jam. We also offer Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, Bourbon Molasses glazed Pork belly, baby back ribs and various classic sides with our twist, like truffle mac and cowboy baked.

Q: How do people find you?

A: We try to keep up by posting our locations on Facebook and Twitter.

Q: What are the biggest rewards of serving food from a truck?

A: I love the freedom food trucking allows, from setting my own schedule to choosing locations and events. I love dealing with people everyday. My absolute favorite thing is when someone tries the food for the first time and looks up with a big smile and gives me the nod of approval.

Q: What’s your beef?

A: Bad weather and time management are the least favorite parts of food trucking. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, especially considering some of the foods I make take 14 hours just to cook.

Q: Which food truck inspires you?

A: I really like what Matt Davis has done with L’il Cheezers going from just the truck and moving into a huge catering operation. I also admire Grind Burger Kitchen and how they went from the truck and into a restaurant and in the process showing that location isn’t everything. If you have a good product, people will come.

Q: How can Louisville grow its food truck culture?

A: We need more city run food truck events. The mayor did the “Food Truck Tuesdays.” We need more events like that where the city puts their “seal of approval” on the food truck culture.

Q: What is your mission?

A: I really just want to bring good food and smiles to people and have fun doing it! It really is that simple. Taking care of my growing family goes hand in hand with that. We don’t take shortcuts when it comes to our food. It would be so simple to throw our meat in an oven or crock-pot or to buy pre-packaged sides. I truly believe in the process it takes to make great BBQ and I respect that in all aspects of how I make food.

How to find 502 Cafe

502 Cafe can found at festivals like the monthly Flea Off Market downtown. You can also reach them at (502) 439-2692, on Facebook, and (502) 666-6886 or @502Cafe on Twitter. You can also find Louisville area food trucks in real time at www.FoodTruckLouisville.com

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