Tex-A-Consin hits the road in time for barbecue season
Mobile smokehouse debuts on Memorial Day

By Brandon Anderegg - Freeman Staff

May 23, 2018

The Tex-A-Consin mobile smokehouse is a 30-foot trailer equipped with an 8-foot-wide smoker. Food truck owners Todd Lewis and Terence Williams will start by offering smoked pulled-pork sandwiches, but eventually will have smoked ribs, brisket and more.
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WAUKESHA — The western- style mobile smokehouse and food truck known as Tex-A-Consin will make its debut on Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the McMiller Sports Center in Eagle, 100 Walters Road, according to a press release.

The custom-built smokehouse is owned by award-winning chef Terence Williams and Waukesha County Technical College sociology Professor Todd Lewis. The professor and chef duo out of Waukesha has spent the last six months working on the interior and exterior of the 30-foot trailer for statewide licensing, Williams said.

“We are incredibly blessed to get the assistance we’ve received from the department of agriculture and the assistance from the local community to get this thing licensed and ready to operate,” Williams said.

For Lewis, the six-month journey has been a process, but it has also been a worthwhile venture filled with learning opportunities and more, he said. While he’s not quite as experienced as Williams in the art of barbecuing, he’s looking forward to becoming a master along the way.

“People talk about it being the journey and not the destination,” Lewis said. “It’s nice that everything has come together, and I see the potential and I’m hoping for the best.”

Williams and Lewis fired up the smoker for the first time last Wednesday. As it turns out, the smoker adds a unique flavor to Terence’s already tasty cuisine, Lewis said. But it’s not just the smoker that adds flavor, it’s also a chef’s touch, he said.

“It’s knowing when to keep smoke out and let smoke in,” Lewis said. “That’s all Terence, that’s his craft.”

Patrons can expect quarter- pound and half-pound Texas class pulled pork sandwiches, beverages and chips. Menu options will expand weekly, Williams said.

Tex-A-Consin can also be found just north of The Legend at Merrill Hills at K.R. Auto Repair, W271S2901 Merrill Hills Road. The smokehouse will be anchored at the auto repair shop on weekdays throughout the summer starting Tuesday.