Founded in 2017, Simply Barbecue is the first food truck in the Holden Beach area, the second in Brunswick County approved by the Brunswick County Health Department. Owned by Simply Friends LLC, managing partner Dennis Sansone brings joy to the palette with smoked meats. Dennis uses his own recipes for the rubs used on meats as well as for house-made sides. All meats are smoked in house over hickory. Dennis has enjoyed eating and preparing barbecued meats for years and shares his passion for good barbecue with his partner Barbara Paolucci. Together they travel to places near and far to get a taste of the best barbecue. They enjoy getting together with friends, which always includes an abundance of food, a value they learned from their respective families. Friends and family have encouraged Dennis to bring his recipes to the public. Dennis has wanted to own a food truck for years. This plus the desire to share his passion for good food and talent developing delicious flavors became the inspiration to opening Simply Barbecue.
Pit Master Dennis Sansone brings years of BBQ experience to the Holden Beach NC area. Dennis has been cooking since a young adult. He put his chef hat aside while raising a family. His passion for cooking remained in the home and both of his sons have followed in his footsteps. He reignited his passion for cooking and smoking meats at The Horseshoe in Saratoga, New York and later managing Tinney’s Tavern in Lake Desolation, NY where he was known for his ribs which sold out most days when on the menu. He decided to retire to Southeast NC shore in 2009 and has been a full time resident in Varnamtown, NC since 2011. He has continued to provide mouthwatering meals for neighborhood get-togethers and everyone joked he should open a BBQ restaurant. He looked at the lot on 3240 Holden Beach Road years ago and dreamed about the great site for a barbecue trailer. His dream became reality when friends and now partners in Simply Friends LLC, Mariann Pata and Dwayne Wilson bought Harbor Island Mini Golf earlier in 2017. All Dennis had to say was “I have an idea for you…” and Simply Barbecue was conceived.
At Simply Barbecue, Dennis specializes in St Louis style pork ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket, all smoked on site. Each of the meats is rubbed in a unique rub- Dennis' own recipe. You can look in the screen doors on the back of the trailer to see our smoker. The smoker has six rotating racks which can hold an amazing total of 60 butts at one time. All meats are smoked with hickory. Dennis has been making his rubs and sweet sauce for years. He has developed and introduced his light and spicy vinegar North Carolina style sauce with the opening of Simply Barbecue. Our recommendation is the sweet sauce on ribs and brisket. Your choice for pulled pork. Our sides include coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans; all Dennis’ recipes and all made in house. Dennis bakes corn bread to accompany your dinners and apple crisp for dessert.
We look forward to serving the Holden Beach and Southeastern NC area. Our goal is bring people joy through our barbecue. We aim to smoke daily which means we may run out, but that means you get freshly smoked meats daily. We are thankful to God for the opportunity to bring Simply Barbecue to you. We plan to enjoy the journey and hope you will too.