A popular Maryville-based BBQ catering company may soon be expanding its services into Seymour.
Fans of slow cooked meats may soon have another option to satiate their appetite as Jason DeLong and the rest of the Smalltown BBQ crew expand beyond the catering business and into direct customer sales.
As of Sunday, the catering and BBQ competition team officially purchased a food trailer to help accommodate their growing business model of selling directly to customers. As of now, potential eaters must either utilize the catering services of Smalltown BBQ or purchase the pulled pork, spare ribs, country style ribs or pork loin packaged and sold out of the Maryville Corner Market.
Owner and Chef James DeLong said that while the process of selling their meats out of the newly acquired food trailer is likely still a month and a half away, he looks forward to bringing his popular culinary creations to a market outside of his Maryville base.
“It seems to be a lot easier for us,” DeLong said of the transition from catering to direct to customer sales. “We’re just in it for the future for our kids.”
A Florida native, DeLong relocated to the Maryville area nearly a decade ago and opened Smalltown BBQ to the public only three years ago. Specializing in a “slow and low” style of cooking that utilizes a wood burning system, he said the business’ specialty lies in the sweeter style typical of BBQ in East Tennessee region as opposed to the spicier style found in Memphis and Alabama.
Though no menu has yet been released, a scroll through the group’s Facebook page reveals a wide variety of slow cooked chicken, pork and beef based dishes served at the many catering events Smalltown BBQ has become known for.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/smalltownbbq1.

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