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Johnson’s BBQ Shack – Food Truck

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Like most cities Indianapolis has a growing population of food trucks. These are trucks or trailers that go to different spots around town and sell food that has been prepared in their brick and mortar kitchens. Commissary style. Occasionally more than one gathers and it is a ClusterTruck. This is what converged on an IU Health facility at 250 N. Shadeland Ave. today.

In addition to Johnson’s was Gaucho’s FireAuthentic Brazilian Food and Flying Cupcake. I had envisioned getting a BBQ sandwich, a Brazilian snack and a cupcake for desert. Didn’t happen. After a BBQ sandwich each Pat and I were pretty full. I might have had room for some Coxinhas but they didn’t have them this day.

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Pat’s sandwich was 7 bucks. The chips were $2, as were the other 2 sides. Mac & Cheese and Corn Casserole. Considering that each sandwich was one half pound makes this THE best bargain around.

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I decided on a brisket sandwich for $8. Boy O Boy. It was one heck of a sandwich. It was tender and juicy. Which is the hallmark of good Q. The juiciness came from the fat that was partially melted into the other flesh. There was a small piece that escaped the heat but that just made the bite that much more sweet. The smoke was pervasive throughout. It was on my hands the rest of the afternoon. We went to Manley’s Irish Mutt afterward and Pat threatened to bite by hand; just because of the aroma of smoke.

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I love eating smoked meat as much as I like smoking meat. In the above pic notice the slight evidence of bark. That wasn’t sauce. I did add a touch of their sweet sauce just to wet the bun. So I really think this is one of the best; if not the best; smoked brisket sans I have had in Indy. Hell even if it isn’t it is worth tracking down. If you can’t get to Bargersville by all means hit Twitter for the location of their food trucks. You will not be disappointed.

Johnson's BBQ Shack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

4 responses

  1. The brisket sandwich looks delicious!

    October 13, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    • I think Indy is finally coming of age. When I first came back to Indiana when you wanted brisket I hope you liked it corned,because that was the only way you could find it. Now we have several places that can do it, and do it well.

      October 14, 2016 at 6:28 am

  2. The food truck scene has just exploded here over the last 2 or 3 years. I think we’re going to start to see some weeding out, and only the best will survive. This brisket looks amazing…it just went on my list to try!

    October 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

    • You are right on the food truck situation. It wasn’t too many years ago those trucks were called “roach coaches” and weren’t considered viable dining choices.

      October 18, 2016 at 1:08 pm

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