My name is Steve Whiting also known as The Midnight Smoker, and together with my wife Donna we own and operate The Midnight Smoker BBQ. We offer catering and Vending of our delicious BBQ meats and side dishes along with our Spice Rubs and Sauces in the Greater Sacramento California area.
I became passionate about Barbecue a few years ago and began learning all I could about the Art and Science of creating delicious smoked meats. i started with a Weber gas grill but soon discovered charcoal and wood and the joy of cooking over a live fire. From there I moved on to the Weber Smokey Mountain cooker and thus my journey into smoking meats began. As my barbecue passion grew so did my collection of cookers until my garage could store no more. My pride and joy is my Lang 60 Deluxe mobile cooker that I take to off-site events and cook-offs. As busy as I am I still spend several hours a week honing my craft so I can make food that not only am I proud of but that will bring smiles to the faces of those who enjoy fantastic Barbecue.
We are proud members of the California Barbecue Association and on occasion The Midnight Smoker BBQ will compete in BBQ Competitions throughout Northern and Central California. I do limit my involvement in Competitions because my real passion is to provide delicious meals to the masses-not try to please 6 faceless judges. I firmly believe that Barbecue should be an event, made to bring family and friends to the celebratory banquet table. And the Great part of it is, when you are eating Barbecue, you just can’t be unhappy. It’s a proven Fact!
So what about the name? Well, The name The Midnight Smoker comes from putting huge pieces of meat, such as Briskets or Pork Butts on a smoker at around the Midnight hour and slow-smoking till done the following afternoon. This requires tending to the fire and the meat throughout the night. The thrill, other then creating mouth-watering Barbecue, is being outdoors and cooking under the moonlight in the dead silence of the night while the world is asleep-hearing only the breeze rustle through the trees or an occasional owl hooting at me.
Here at The Midnight Smoker BBQ we believe in honoring the traditional old-fashioned methods of creating Real Barbecue. We strive to do it as close to the way it was originally done in the early days of Barbecue as is possible. While today’s trend is leaning towards cooking Barbecue "Hot and Fast" we will always smoke our meats "Low and Slow", allowing the juices to moisten and the smoke to flavor the meat. At The Midnight Smoker BBQ we believe Barbecue is synonymous with tradition and we sincerely believe our Barbecue reflects that. So give us a try and let us know what you think.