In 2014, John Cathey embarked on a flavorful
journey, giving rise to Smokin’ Buttz BBQ. His inspiration? A desire to offer
delectable, high-quality BBQ catering for families at an affordable price.
John’s culinary skills ignited during his younger years while assisting in the
operations of his family’s soul food restaurant, C & J Diner.

Their BBQ venture premiered at “The Taste of
Smyrna” in June 2014, where they received praise for its barbecue. In September
2014, John and his wife, Mylica Cathey, set forth on a weekend odyssey, serving
slow-smoked barbecue from a mobile trailer in Middle Tennessee. The turning
point came in April 2016 when John took a leap of faith, leaving his IT job to
dedicate himself fully to Smokin’ Buttz.

By September 2016, they acquired the iconic
Smokin’ Buttz Food Truck, lovingly known as the Buttz Truck. Over time, Smokin’
Buttz BBQ emerged as a prominent player in the Food Truck industry, known not
only for mouthwatering BBQ but also for exceptional customer service.

Among their crowd favorites are The Hickory, a
pulled pork sandwich smoked over hickory wood, and The Mesquite, a pulled
chicken sandwich delight infused with mesquite wood flavors.

Smokin’ Buttz received accolades like being named
a Music City Must by News Channel 5, renowned for their irresistible Sloppy Gut
Buster Sandwich. The allure extends beyond the menu, with patrons often queuing
up for selfies in front of the truck, captivated by the catchy slogan: “BBQ so
Good PIGS are Dying to get SMOKED!”

Their dedication didn’t go unnoticed, as they
were twice named “Favorite Food Truck” in Rutherford County, in 2017 and 2019,
by The Daily News Journal.

When the pandemic hit Smokin’ Buttz began making their own BBQ Sauces.
After receiving so many rave reviews from customers the Buttz Team started
bottling their sauces to sell on their website and at local farmers markets.

We are thankful for our customers past,
present, and future for their unwavering support. Follow the smoke, and you’ll
find this dynamic duo sharing their BBQ passion with the heart of Tennessee.
It’s a love story that begins with that first savory bite!

 John Cathey- Pit Master

Mylica Cathey-Sauce Boss

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Tent + Trailer+ Truck+ Kroger = GOD

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