The Old School BBQ Bus
Mark is the owner of the Old School BBQ Bus in Oldham – the best place to go for low and slow cooked barbecue food, live country music, moonshine and a welcoming atmosphere! Mark used to have a proper job but back in 2016 he decided to convert an old American school bus into a mobile kitchen with smokers and griddles to cook low and slow barbecue food.
He called it The Old School BBQ Bus and started trading on a local pub car park in Failsworth. The bus soon became more and more popular and Mark decided it was time to expand so he found a piece of land, parked the bus on it and built The Old School BBQ Ranch out of second-hand wood pallets and old shipping containers. The restaurant opened in January 2018 and since then it has gone from strength to strength with a following of loyal customers.
Mark has become quite the celebrity, featuring on BBC Radio Manchester, a BBC documentary (A Matter of Life and Debt) and articles in various newspapers. One of his proudest moments was being featured in the Manchester Cookbook – Second Helpings and Mark is hoping to bring out his very own cookbook at some point.