Lubbock barbecue business brings tailgate to you


LUBBOCK, Texas — Smokin’ X BBQ will offer to bring the tailgate to homes following the cancellation of Texas Tech sponsored tailgating.

Owner and Pit Boss John Reeves said tailgating season makes up about 40 percent of their sales, and Reeves is used to serving more than 1,200 people.

However Reeves said COVID-19 has killed his business. He’s had more than 30 events canceled on him and expects 20 more to be cancelled by January.

“This is something that I take pride and joy in,” Reeves said. “This isn’t something we threw together last weekend, or that we’ve started in the last little bit. There’s nothing wrong with starting a company but we’ve been doing this for ten years or better… and it’s just something that it… hits you hard when you’re not allowed to do, you know. People are saying this and that or help people out. Let me go back to work. That’s what I want to do. I want to go cook.”

He said he’s now in survival mode, and has come up with the idea to bring the tailgate to homes.

“And that means tents, tables, chairs, certain beverages, barbecue, food — depends on what you want,” Reeves said. “The options we’ve mentioned before and do it in your location. And we also have a big venue that we’re working on or that we’re working with to bring watch parties.”

To find out more information on booking a Smokin’ X tailgate, go to their website.

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