After a good day at the beach, nothing is more welcome than a hearty and delicious meal. Just a short walk from the beach, Barefoot BBQ in Seaside offers that with a surprising selection of slow-roasted offerings not normally found in a food truck setting.

 

THE FOOD

Food trucks are known for their limited menus because a small kitchen doesn’t usually allow for much variety. Barefoot BBQ, however, likes to swim against the flow and offers a large selection of slow-smoked meats, such as chicken, pork, beef brisket and tuna.

The menu starts out with a selection of appetizers including a turkey leg, barbecue nachos, a bucket of ribs and sliders.

My guest and I selected the bucket of ribs and quickly gobbled up the six pork ribs that had been slow-roasted St. Louis style.

The ribs were very tender and featured a dry rub that added a great flavor without too much spice.

Next we selected our entrees. We each chose a selection from the Platters section of the menu. I chose the chicken sandwich, and my guest chose the pork sandwich. Each of our meals came with two sides.

Again, for a food truck the sides menu is extensive. From eight sides and one side-of-the day, I chose the homemade macaroni and cheese and the side-of-the-day, which happened to be shrimp corn chowder. My guest chose baked beans and macaroni and cheese. Also available for sides are cole slaw, corn on the cob, potato salad, a small green salad and chips.

In addition to the Quick Bites and Platters menus, there is also a Lite Bites menu which can be substituted for any side dish for $1, or served alone as a light meal. This list includes a large spinach salad, a portabella sandwich, a chicken salad sandwich and tuna dip.

Also available on the menu are the Picnic Packages, which offer large sharable meals such as half-pound and full-pound meat options, bulk packages of slider buns and 32-ounce side dishes.

When our meals came out, we had yet another choice to make – which barbecue sauce we wanted to pair with our meat. Barefoot BBQ offers four house-made sauces. They are the Hang Ten, a traditional tomato-based brown sugar and bourbon sauce; the Wipeout, a vinegar-based sauce; the Pipeline, a mustard-based sauce; and the Hot Lava, a spicy cayenne and pepper sauce.

I chose the Hang Ten, and my guest chose the Pipeline. We both agreed the Hang Ten was our favorite, but it packed quite a punch of spice even though labeled as "traditional."

We washed our meals down with fresh, sweet iced tea. The food truck also offers Coke products, fresh lemonade, wine, beer, champagne and even bloody marys.

We both were highly impressed with our meals and ate every bite of the meat and sides, leaving only our pickle spears as collateral damage. 

 

THE SERVICE

Upon ordering, we were given a plastic flip-flop with our order number on it, but they also took our name for the order and instead of calling the number, called out our name, which made it much more personal of an experience.

The owner himself took our order and was lighthearted and friendly, offering us free drink refills while we waited and inviting us to come back to see them next time we are in Seaside.

 

THE ATMOSPHERE

Barefoot BBQ is an outdoor dining spot in the heart of Seaside. Found in the Airstream food truck line-up along Seaside’s town square, Barefoot BBQ offers picnic tables for diners, or to-go meals for those wishing to dine in their condo, on the beach or elsewhere.

String lights hang from the Airstream and the tree-lined walkway make for a laid-back beach atmosphere. Highchairs are available for kids, and there is even a water bowl fountain for your furry family members.

 

FINAL TAKE

Barefoot BBQ is the perfect beachside eatery and is sure to make everyone in your party lick their lips, rub their happy tummies and wiggle their barefoot toes.