DINER: “The Re-Up BBQ” Food Cart Scores Brick & Mortar Spot At The “River Market”

One of our favourite street food carts, Re-Up BBQ, is opening a brick and mortar location at the brand new River Market in New Westminster early in the new year. Co-owner Lindsay Ferguson gives us the exclusive skinny in three parts:

1. Counter-service BBQ restaurant with a much extended menu compared to our food carts. We’ll have our sandwiches, but also ribs, sides, and eventually biscuits and chicken. We’re not going to be a fancy restaurant, but we want to serve the best BBQ in town. The counter will also be home to a soda stand where we will sell homemade fruit sodas and colas at a higher level than we do at the carts.
2. Deli: We have already started selling our house-smoked bacon and seasonal turkeys. These and other “to-go” items will be available at our service counter.
3. Very visible and interactive prep kitchen where people can see every aspect of the BBQ process (even though its slow). We want our customers to see bacon brining, pork coming out of the smoker, us shredding meat and so on. Within a year, we hope to organize BBQ classes and bacon curing classes held in our kitchen. Read more

GOODS: Awesome Local Street Food Cart “Re-Up BBQ” Joins The Scout Community

We’ve invited The Re-Up BBQ street cart to join our GOODS section as a recommended local company. They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we’ll be publishing their news front and center and hosting a page for them on our list of independent goodnesses. We’d thank them for their support of Scout, and hope you’ll take this chance to get to know them a little better…

If you think your business would be a good fit with us, we want to know.


The Re-Up BBQ



700 Block Hornby St by the VAG and South Side Robson Square
Telephone: 604-724-0894
Email: reupbbq@gmail.com
Website: www.reupbbq.com
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Open 11-3 Monday to Saturday
(Friday and Saturday nights at the Biltmore Cabaret)



Owners (glorified bus-boys really)
Chester Carey
Michael Kaisaris
Lindsay Ferguson
Jose Rosales-Lopez
Briana Buckmaster


The Re-Up BBQ was born from the City of Vancouver’s inaugural and controversial food cart lottery. The newly minted business partners were entirely unaware that they were about to start their own company and were blithely following their dreams in other careers.

After a series of lucky breaks and 29 sleepless nights, the Re-Up BBQ – Vancouver’s first Southern BBQ food cart – opened to the public. It wasn’t much to look at, but the city quickly latched on to the aromas of the slowly smoked pulled pork and homemade sauces bellowing from the cart.

By the summer of 2011, the Re-Up BBQ expanded its menu and its locations. Pulled Pork, BBQ Beef Brisket and Black Bean and Corn Chili are all on the menu between their two cart locations in Downtown Vancouver.

Re-Up specializes in authentic Southern BBQ — meaning the meat is smoked slowly at a low temperature, not grilled, to infuse flavour and create the most tender of meals.

The locally raised meats are smoked all day over pecan wood at Re-Up’s kitchen. The pork is shredded by hand before heading out to the carts and into a sandwich. All sauces, condiments and drinks are made from scratch, and that’s the way it’s going to stay. The crew at the Re-Up BBQ keeps the menu simple and focuses 100% on the flavour of the sandwiches.

A lesser known fact: the Re-Up kitchen team brines and smokes their own line of bacon including such illustrious ingredients as Makers Mark Bourbon, Central City’s Red Racer IPA and Ancho Chili powder. Both this bacon and seasonal, freshly brined turkeys are available through their website.


Vanmag Restaurant Awards 2011 – Silver
Georgia Straight Golden Plates 2011 – Silver
Westender Best of the City 2011 – Silver
The Globe and Mail | October 1, 2010
The Vancouver Sun | Aug 18, 2010
Vancouver Slop Blog | August 19, 2010
The Westender | June 9, 2011