Brent’s Smokin’ Butts & Grill plans to open as soon as possible at 1212 Central Ave. in a space next door to Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop. CONTRIBUTED

Food truck operators to open new BBQ restaurant in downtown Middletown

Brent’s Smokin’ Butts & Grill is working to open its first brick-and-mortar location in downtown Middletown after operating a food truck for more than three years.

The business, which hopes to open soon at 1212 Central Ave. next to Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, offers Applewood pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, garlic toast grilled cheese with pork or brisket, babyback ribs, grilled 8-ounce burgers, grilled chicken and specialty items.

It also offers homemade side options like deep-fried red potatoes, homemade mac and cheese, BBQ baked beans with smoked sausage, fried sweet corn with bacon, onions and peppers, creamy coleslaw, sweet cornbread, green beans with pork and more. Some specific specials include:

• The Loaded Boat: deep-fried golden brown redskin potatoes, covered with nacho cheese, pork or brisket, barbecue drizzle, sour cream and jalapeños.

• Not your Nachos: same as the Loaded Boat, but with yellow tortilla chips.

• Smokin’ Mac Boat: homemade mac-and-cheese, topped with either pork or brisket, barbecue drizzle and a piece of sweet cornbread.

“The new restaurant will offer the same menu items, but will also expand the selections of our burgers, grilled chicken, healthy salad options and new combinations of smoked meats,” said Brent Dalton, who started the food truck/catering company in 2016 with his wife

The two Middletown natives, who have been married for more than 20 years, have three children, Isabel, Ava and Brady, all of whom help the family business.

In March 2018, the couple opted to take the business full-time. Since then, they’ were voted a winner of the Queen City Mobile Food Truck Association’s “Inaugural Food Truck Bracket Challenge.”

Brent Dalton said the couple’s first priority was to stay local. They found that option in the building at Central Ave., which is owned by Larry and Scott Lewis.

“We love and support everything about Middletown,” he said, “Then it was the vision of the Lewis Family that sold me on the location. Plus it doesn’t hurt it’s next to Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop and all the sweets.”

Dalton said Brent’s Smokin’ Butts & Grill soon will expand its catering options. It caters weddings, graduation parties, corporate Events, family events or “any reason to get together and eat,” he said.

The food truck is scheduled to be at BMW Middletown, 140 Verity Parkway from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and at Spring Blast at Middletown’s Smith Park March 14 and 15. A full scheduled of its appearances is viewable at www.tinyurl.com/brentsschedule.

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