One day in 1980, Westford resident Brad Hudson was in Memphis, Tennessee and he fell in love with Barbecue. Thirty-six years later, Hudson’s love has grown to the point where he now wants to share it with everyone travelling down Littleton Road.
Hudson’s catering business, Hubba’s Real Pit BBQ, parked a trailer behind the Floral Arts building for the first time last week in what he hopes will soon become a local Barbecue institution.
His variety of meats and other BBQ fare has been a staple at large festivals such as the Pig’n’Pepper or Blues’n’Brews, as well as other catering but last week’s opening day for the trailer was the time he’s ever served his food to the public outside of an event.
Despite the transition, business was steady throughout the day, with some items such as the brisket even selling out during the lunch rush.
Adam Wasylyshyn lives nearby and decided head down to opening day his son Matt.
Wasylyshyn has had Hubba’s food before in privately cartered events before and wanted to check out things at the trailer.
“I think the food’s a little more authentic,” he said. “Brad’s spent quite a lot of time in Memphis, and down there, Barbecue’s one of the four food groups and Brad’s up there compared to food I’ve had during my time down there.”
While Hudson says he’s been called “Hubba” since kindergarten, his expertise in Barbecue grew over the 80s as he traveled for work, continuing to investigate new Barbecue restaurants wherever he went. That passion for Barbecue grew into the beginning of Hubba’s Real Pit BBQ in 2011, but kidney cancer put everything on hold in 2013.
Now Hudson’s cancer free and he’s eager to grow his business. Fortunately, on opening day it seemed like others were also eager for him to grow it as well.
“The response has been phenomenal. People are really excited that they have authentic Barbecue in Westford now,” said Hudson. “It’s a real labor of love for me and I put my whole heart and soul into it and I think that’s why we’re going to be very successful.”
In addition to his Barbecue skills, Hudson is also a certified shamanic healer, offering classes at the Roudenbush Community Center. While some might see the two pursuits as vastly different, Hudson sees parallels.
“It’s very, very similar believe it or not,” he said. “I’m still doing spiritual work but I’m doing it through food by feeding people and doing it with love.”
Hudson expects to close the trailer sometime in the fall, most likely October. However, he hopes to convert a barn behind Floral Arts into a full-service restaurant, which he would like to open in the spring of 2017.
Floral Arts is located on Littleton Road just to the east of Chili’s.
Hubba’s Real Pit BBQ is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until all items have been sold. More information is available at HubbasBBQ.com