by Lisa Tome
Rebecca Rothwell has been waiting years for her culinary dream to come true.
And years of thinking about it, she and her husband, Will, and their business partner, Dan Berkowitz, have established their own business, WD's BBQ.
Their food truck has been open for a month, serving customers in Elkton and south of the canal.
"We started talking about this 18 years ago," said Rebecca Rothwell. Will has been fine tuning his rubs and sauces for a decade in preparation for their new venture. They bring a wealth of experience to the food truck. She has worked at restaurants. He has worked at barbecue pits. They are bringing their skills to light at both the truck and the grill where Will cooks.
The truck is parked Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at American Home and Hardware, West Main Street, Elkton. On Sundays and holiday Mondays, they are at Sawyer Marine on South Bohemia Avenue in Cecilton. They also do catering at weddings and other events for up to 400 people.
"Everything is made here on the truck," she said. The menu includes brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, half chickens, burgers, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, and macaroni and cheese. They also serve breakfast and have combo meals.
Will uses a variety of sauces and rubs. He also has developed a Mason Dixon sauce. All of the ingredients are native to Maryland. Before they got their start, they contacted the Cecil County Health Department, they wanted to make sure everything they did was by the book and met health regulations. "Once we decided to do it, it went really fast. It took seven weeks," she said.
Rebecca Rothwell explained that the truck is very much a family business. Both she and her husband have brought their grandmothers' recipes to the business. This week, they will begin offering chicken and dumplings from a family recipe.
She said the truck has been well received. Initially, they expected they would have business from friends. The couple are members of Hacks Point Fire Company and thought that would be a good starting point.
"I feel the love. We have developed relationships with people who come once or twice a day," she said.
They may soon be able to offer award-winning products. This fall, Will will begin entering national barbecue contests.
The pair have been together for 25 years. They have two children and a grandson. Rebecca said working with her husband is amazing. "We do everything together. This is awesome," she said.