Patrick Riha spent a year and a half honing his smoking skills on the back of the Beef Butter BBQ food truck, which he launched in July 2017. He continued to work a full-time job at the state while getting his brick and mortar spot ready to open at 3001 N. Sherman Ave., which it finally did in November.

Five days a week, Beef Butter opens at 10 a.m. to serve smoked pulled pork, brisket (fatty and lean) and smoked sausages, like an excellent jalapeno cheddar version developed by John Lehman, formerly of Jim's Meat Market.