Roscoe Barbecqe Company brings the flavor of Texas to Coshocton
- Roscoe Barbecue Company recently had a soft opening at 672 N. Whitewoman St., former home of Wildwood Music.
- The emphasis will be on dry rubs and spices in the Texas tradition with a sauce for dipping, not splatters like other places.
- It is owned by Mike Moffit and Brook Winegar with him and Mike’s son Drake working most days.
- The menu features a variety of slow smoked meats like chicken and beef brisket and staples like sandwiches and desserts.
COSHOCTON — A love for Texas barbecue has led two longtime friends to open a new restaurant in Roscoe Village.
The Roscoe Barbeque Company recently had a pre-opening at 672 N. Whitewoman St., the former home of Wildwood Music. It is owned by Brook Winegar of Coshocton and Mike Moffitt, a Coshocton native who now lives in Texas.
Brook and Mike’s son, Drake, are currently the only employees. Mike’s wife, Kendall, did the interior decorating for the restaurant. The theme is a mix of Texas and the canal era that Roscoe Village is known for. The tables are made from the building’s original 175-year-old wooden floor.
“Almost everything here is repurposed,” Mike said of the remodel.
Brook and Mike have been friends since third grade. Brook often visits Mike in Texas and he often returns to Coshocton to visit him.
“When he comes to Texas, we eat BBQ. He loves Texas BBQ. I love Texas BBQ,” Mike said. “Around here the difference is they just brush it with BBQ sauce and all you taste is BBQ sauce. With us you might just want to dip it in because you want to taste the meat, the pepper, salt and other ingredients.”
The menu offers a variety of slow-smoked meats, such as brisket and chicken, and staples such as sandwiches and desserts. Much of it is regional, like meats from Mount Vernon, baked goods from Sugarcreek, and Texas cornbread and sheet cake from The Coffee Cup in Zanesville, run by Brook’s sister.
The emphasis will be on spices and dry seasonings. They’ll have a basic BBQ sauce to start with, but want to add more styles over time like honey habanero and Carolina mustard. They would eventually like to bottle and sell their seasonings and sauces.
Brook said all barbecued meats will start the day before and cook 6 p.m. For this reason, they are open from 11 a.m. until full for the day.
“Texas barbecue has always been much better than what it has here,” Brook said. “I know the experience we had in Texas and we want to recreate that here.”
While the couple have always experimented with their own personal smokers, they have also visited several Texas barbecue restaurants and Brook has worked with a few pit chefs.
“With our new large commercial smoker, we were able to replicate a lot of the Texas flavor,” he said. “You don’t rush. It’s a lot of patience and hard work.”
He said the response even before opening was huge as six to 10 people a day stopped by to see if they were open, even though they soon had signs posted.
Future goals include a patio to expand outdoor dining seating and a pavilion for live music. Both know he will be well received by locals and tourists alike who frequent Roscoe Village, a major tourist attraction that recreates a canal-era town.
“When we grew up here, we never enjoyed it, but when we lived somewhere else and came back, you realize you took it for granted,” Brook said of the Roscoe area.
Roscoe Barbeque Company can be reached at 740-291-3190.
Leonard Hayhurst is community content coordinator and generalist reporter for the Coshocton Tribune with nearly 15 years of local journalism experience and multiple awards from the Ohio Associated Press. He can be reached at 740-295-3417 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @llhayhurst.