5T Firehouse BBQ is a family owned business with a rich history of fire fighting. Our Pit Master, Clifford Tschoerner Sr. served X years on the Jarrell, TX Volunteer Fire Dept X of which was in the role of Chief. Cliff Tschoerner Jr. served on both the Jarrell Fire Department and the Jollyville Fire Department. The father of Nancy Tschoerner, our Kitchen Mistress Extraordinaire, was Wilbur Barker who served on the Georgetown Fire Department from x to x.
The love of BBQ started with the annual BBQ and Street Dance fundraiser that the Jarrell VFD held every year. Special pits were constructed along with a dance floor and was THE premier event for many years. This is where the Tschoerner's learned to prepare BBQ in large quantities and perfected their skills. As Jarrell grew, the fire department became a professional organization, the BBQ and Street Dance faded away and eventually Sr. retired from the department.
But their love of good BBQ didn't fade away. So the Tschoerners, along with close firefighter buddies, started the Smoke Eaters BBQ Cook-off team. For many years they would compete around Central Texas, winning numerous awards. At these events, it never failed that someone would tell them that they should consider making a business out of their passion.
Junior had aspirations to grill full time and decided to open up a food truck and catering business. And 5T Firehouse BBQ was born! At first, due to Junior's work schedule they could only open a few days a month, but the people of Jarrell and the surrounding area showed such love of their food that they realized they quickly needed to expand. In less than 1 year of opening their food truck, they converted their operation into a brick and mortar restaurant, open 4 days a week. Catering is still an important part of the business.
It's not unusual for them to sell out of product. Their reputation for quality Texas style BBQ, home style sides and great customer service has made 5T Firehouse BBQ a "must try" destination on the Texas BBQ circuit. It is said that Ms. Nancy makes the BEST "Naner Puddin" in the country!
5T is truly a family operation. in addition to Sr., Jr., and Nancy Tschoerner, you will often find Becky, Dylan, Mason and Jaxon helping out.