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Ribs, Barbecue Trailer to Open on Route 3

Rusty Clark will man the trailer equipped with a smoker and will offer homemade barbecue six days a week. The stand will be open this Wednesday.

Area residents will have a new option for barbecue when a Gambrills man opens his new food trailer alongside Maryland Route 3.

Russell “Rusty” Clark quietly started serving ribs, brisket, chicken and other barbecue options last weekend and will be open Wednesday for customers. He'll be open sporadically over the next week and hopes to have a grand opening and ribbon cutting on June 2.

Clark, 55, said he decided to open Rusty’s Ribs 'n BBQ after holding countless successful cookouts with friends and family.

“Everyone said ‘you should go into business,’” he said. “I’d been doing it for 17 years but never considered it. But then my wife and I talked and said ‘let’s go for it.’”

Rusty’s will operate out of a mobile trailer equipped with a smoker, deep fryer and other heavy barbecuing equipment. The trailer will be nestled next to the office of the Maryland Vehicle Administration, in an open area on Route 3 just south of the intersection to Maryland Route 175.

Clark said the trailer will be there from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except Tuesday. But, he said he may move out early on some days if he runs out of food, because he likes to ensure food is fresh and made to order.

“When it’s gone, it’s gone,” he said.

Clark said uses all of his own recipes, and offers a dry rub and Carolina-style barbecue sauce that’s sweet and vinegar based.

Rusty’s Ribs and BBQ will be holding “soft opening” events over the next week and will hold a grand opening from noon to 2 p.m. on June 2. Councilman Jerry Walker has been invited to attend.

ann bailey May 22, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Good luck!
Evelyn Dettner May 22, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Looking forward to trying out Rusty's food!
John May 23, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I'll be there, but I need to know when they're formally open and their hours.
Tim Lemke (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 05:40 PM
John, they are formally open now. They will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on Tuesdays. Grand opening is scheduled for June 2.
Ron May 24, 2012 at 03:15 AM
best bbq ive ever had in my LIFE!!!!! i will be coming back often!!
John May 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I'm going today. We used to go to Dicky's for ribs but it's too hit and miss. One day it's tender - the next time we go it's like eating a shoe.
Gerald Brown January 16, 2013 at 02:17 AM
looking forward to trying you bbq, I love to cook myself and maybe one day will try to do the same--- much sucsess to you !!!!!!!

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