We are Mike and Kellen, life-partners and co-owners of When Pigs Fly Barbeque, LLC, of Fairlea, West Virginia.
We began in the barbeque business during the winter of 2005-2006. Mike got a little barrel smoker and learned to smoke meat, while Kellen worked on perfecting our recipes for sauces and rubs. By February, we were ready to begin construction on our trailer, which we eventually began to call the Pig Shack. Starting that month, Mike and his son Josh set about converting a flatbed farm trailer into a mobile barbeque unit. After several adventures, and with the checking account overdrawn, we set up on U.S. 219 North in Lewisburg, West Virginia, on April 1, 2006. Broke, scared, and full of hope.
We were gratified to learn that people really liked our food from Day One. They just kept on coming, and we just kept on cooking. Ultimately, we started doing fairs and festivals as far north as Weirton, West Virginia, and as far south as Augusta, Georgia. By 2012, we were doing about 14 festivals a year.
People were always after us to start a restaurant, but we consistently declined, feeling that a fixed location would just present too darned much work!
But, in the fall of 2012, we noticed our current location was available, and realized that it would make the perfect next step in the evolution of the Pig Shack. We talked to the landlord, who enthusiastically signed on, and by November 15, 2012, we were in the restaurant business.
We have a lot more space to keep track of, as well as several employees to watch over, but one thing has never changed. We still cook our authentic southern-style pulled pork, chicken and ribs in the same old cooker on the same old trailer. It's just parked out back, now. And, we have added a salad bar, ice cream, and a number of new side items, fountain soda, beer and wine, but we still have all of our basics, and we still cook them in the old way.
Everything is authentic. Everything is home made. Nothing is poured out of a bucket. Our customers like it that way, and so do we.
So, thanks for your loyalty and support over the years. Without you, the customer, we wouldn't have been able to embark on this new adventure, with the new, bigger Pig Shack. And, more recently, we wouldn't be expanding our seating and offering a party room.
So, come by and see us for a little bit of Love at First Bite! When Pigs Fly Real Pit Barbeque. We honestly think it is the best barbeque in West Virginia and, so far, nobody has offered us any kind of serious argument on that point.
See ya at the Pig Shack!
Mike and Kellen