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Food Truck Movement – BAREFOOT BBQ


Barefoot BBQ is located among other businesses in what is called the “Airstream District” on Highway 30A. With a setup of two Airstream trailers and a smoker, the food is prepared in one truck and plated and delivered in the other. The atmosphere has an easygoing summertime vibes with 50’s, 60s, and 70s music playing in the background and people on vacation enjoying the view and delicious food. Owner James Murphy greets guests with a warm smile and takes the time to explain how each item is made and why it was unique.

Serving the best items off the menu, James Murphy has an extensive history in the culinary field, working for famous chefs before venturing out on his own with Barefoot BBQ. He simply felt that what he offers to customers is what was needed for this area. “When people are on vacation, they want to go somewhere where the food is quality and affordable, while also having options for the whole family.” Providing me with more food than I could eat—I cleaned my plate anyway–it was all that fantastic. Starting with the Chicken BBQ Nachos (pork, chicken or beef brisket/ tortilla chips, beans, cheese, onions, jalapeños, and sour cream). The beans provided a unique base that I have never experienced with typical nachos. Followed by ribs, a pulled pork sandwich (1/3 pound pulled, stacked high) and a variety of made-from-scratch sides: baked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw, and potato salad. I usually don’t eat ribs, but I can honestly say that Murphy’s ribs have changed my life.

They were smoked to perfection and the meat pulled right off the bone. It was tender and so flavorful that I didn’t even use BBQ sauce. Regarding sauces, Barefoot BBQ has four types of homemade sauces: Hang Ten (traditional, tomato base, brown sugar with bourbon), Wipeout (vinegar base, light, tart and fruity), Pipeline (mustard base, sweet and spicy) and Hot Lava (spicy with a kick of cayenne and pepper sauce). He has also perfected a homemade dry rub that he uses on all the meat he smokes. It’s so flavorful and has universal uses, that it also serves as a condiment for his menu items. Murphy created a fusion of the best of Caribbean, Southern, and Texan BBQ, while friends and family made suggestions for sides, sauces and rubs, all of which exist on the Barefoot BBQ menu today. Barefoot BBQ sits in the middle of a row of Airstreams on County Hwy 30A in Seaside. During summertime traffic, trying to find parking in a timely manner is nearly impossible, so plan ahead. Most people who were visiting either walked or biked from their condos. Barefoot BBQ Seaside’s Airstream District 2235 E County Highway 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 barefootbbq.com

Brittany Rock

Brittany has recently moved to Panama City Beach from Pensacola and is getting acquainted with all that Bay County has to offer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from the University of West Florida, worked as an Account Executive for Panama City Living Magazine, and is currently a Communications Coordinator at CareerSource Gulf Coast. She enjoys making memories with her boyfriend and their dog, exploring Northwest Florida with hopes of many travel opportunities in the future.

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