Area barbecue trailer filmed for Canadian travel show (video)
Nov. 15, 2013 at 5:15 a.m.
Updated Nov. 16, 2013 at 5:16 a.m.
The early bird patrons of KB's BBQ were in for more than a smokey lunch Friday afternoon.
They got lunch and a show - or at least a show in the making.
Canadian production company General Purposes Pictures visited Texas for the first time and tallied miles in Victoria for a taste of Kevin Broll's barbecue and a glimpse of the Crossroads Cowboy Classic while filming the second season of "Rebel Without a Kitchen" on the Travel+Escape Channel.
"Rebel Without A Kitchen" airs on the Travel+Escape Channel in Canada and the Asian Food Channel in select countries in Asia, said Kyla Zanardi, the show's associate producer.
"We focus on unique food events and work with unique ingredients. We try to capture the culture of every city we visit," said Zanardi, of Toronto.
The host of the show, Matt Basile, is a self-taught cook who prepares food on the show with his own style. He and his crew travel across North America in pursuit of unique street food and events to be a part of.
"Rebel Without A Kitchen" made a stop in Victoria after learning about the Victoria Jaycees' bull ride and fundraiser. Co-chairs for the Crossroads Cowboy Classic, Traci and Robert Shadle, led Basile to the corner of John Stockbauer Drive and Houston Highway to meet Broll at his barbecue food trailer.
The Shadles were interviewed by Basile as part of the episode, which is set to air in April. They welcomed Basile to Texas and talked about the Crossroads Cowboy Classic bull ride.
"We thought it would be a good way to put Victoria on television and show off KB's BBQ along with the Jaycees and the 4-H," Robert Shadle said.
After a few runs on film, the crew finally got what they wanted and wrapped up with the Victoria Jaycees. It was then onto the barbecue for Basile, and he was looking forward to it.
"I want to make sure I partner with people who have quality food and passion I believe in," he said.
Broll prepared for his introduction with the television show host with some special barbecue treats.
Aside from his usual menu items of pulled pork and barbecue chicken, he decided to make something different.
"I made some beef tenderloin and crawfish tamales to impress him a little bit," Broll said.
And Basile was impressed.
"It's so smoky but still juicy," he said.
The two will partner Saturday to sell barbecue at the Victoria Community Center after the rodeo wraps up and Cory Morrow takes the stage. Instead of sharing a space, Broll plans to bring his second trailer to the event. He recently added a second trailer to his setup and is excited about the opportunity to share it with Basile.
"I was a little nervous," Broll said about filming the show. "I think we're gonna have a good time."
While Broll will include his usual barbecue lineup at the Crossroads Cowboy Classic, Basile decided to go with beef ribs.
"It was a no-brainer," he said. "Beef ribs are done so well out here, so I wanted to showcase them." For his ribs, he's going to use Moroccan spices.
The Moroccan flavors stemmed from his visit to an Austin food trailer, The Flying Carpet, a few days ago. He said he tries to put his own touch on food that the cities are known for.
"I want to mess up a traditional recipe just enough for people to give it a chance," he said. "It's always about being different."
Broll finished his afternoon serving barbecue to his customers, who patiently waited while "Rebel Without A Kitchen" filmed its show in the parking lot of the Surplus Warehouse.
He hid his emotions for the show well behind his metal-framed glasses and beneath his matching KB's BBQ hat and shirt.
"I'm extremely excited," he said. "It couldn't have happened at a better time."