Meet Chris Magallanes and Ernest Morales of Panther City BBQ in Fort Worth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Magallanes and Ernest Morales.

Chris and Ernest, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We started doing competition BBQ and slowly built requests for catering and pop events via word of mouth. The requests became more frequent to the point we both had to take a lot of time off of our regular day jobs. In January, a fixed location for our food truck became available and we had to make a decision to either keep doing the weekend gig, or go full time BBQ. Full time BBQ it was.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was a slow start. We knew starting a food truck in January would be tough, but we were determined to stick it out and ride through until warmer weather.

Panther City BBQ – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We specialize in central Texas style BBQ. We are known for our slow smoked meats as well as twists on traditional BBQ. We are most proud of the time and effort we put into the food we put out. A typical day is 17-18 hours long. I feel the traditional cook of all wood on an offset pit sets us apart from most local BBQ companies who use gas fired pits.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I think success in our industry is defined by the smiles we put on the faces of hungry customers. There is no better feeling than when someone approaches our food truck after a meal to tell us” you guys knocked it out of the park.” This isn’t a get rich business, but if we can pay our bills and put smiles on faces, then we have succeeded.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 201 E Hattie St
    Fort Worth TX 76104
  • Website: Panthercitybbq.com
  • Phone: 817-300-3743
  • Email: panthercitybbq@gmail.com

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