By BETH PARKER | MyFOXdc
WASHINGTON – They are lining up, not just because they’re hungry, but hungry to do something positive.
It’s a good lunch and also good proceeds,” said one person in line.
Old Smoky is a smoker train handmade by Frank Jordan – a disabled Vietnam veteran.
“He has a broken neck, a broken back, he was paralyzed for three years,” said Stephen Adelson, owner of Carnivore BBQ.
Jordan was a welder by trade.
“He built this smoker train to try to supplement his income. It took him two years to build it. After he completed building it, he realized that physically he’d be unable to operate it. He didn’t even have internet service. His friends put it on eBay. I saw that and I knew that it was my smoker,” said Adelson.
When he bought it, he made a promise to Jordan that they would smoke good barbeque and give back. So he teamed up with D.C. restaurant Westend Bistro. They popped up a barbeque stand right on the patio at 22nd and M Streets.
“Barbeque is also a format that you need to have to have a giant fine dining restaurant to do. Some of the best barbeque in the country I’m pretty sure does not come out of really high-end kitchens,” said Joe Palma of Westend Bistro.
The proceeds from Friday’s sales are going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“I don’t think you have a better cause. It’s even better that you get a little barbeque sauce on your face while you’re doing a good thing,” said one customer.
One of the interesting things about this fundraiser is that traditional restaurants are not always big fans of food trucks. Quite frankly, it’s competition.
“We were having some friendly competition in terms of the barbeque business and then rather than really have a direct fight, we decided to do something positive,” said Adelson.
So who makes better barbeque?
“I’m not getting sucked into that one, my friend,” said Palma.