Hidden in the back woods of Maine, about halfway up Route 6 on the way to Baxter State Park, you will findSpring Creek Barbecue. Next to the brightly colored building touting fire engine red 'BBQ' signs, you'll find a massive homemade trailer which houses the smoke chambers for this epicurean delight. This is where the magic happens. Where pieces of meat sit for days soaking in the smokey flavor that this tiny little outpost has become famous for.
I ended up photographing Spring Creek as part of an assignment for Down East Magazine. The article was discussing the best restaurants in the state. Spring Creek, which is located smack dab in the middle of nowhere, has won best barbecue in the state for the past several years. After having tasted the goodness that comes out of that old trailer, I can certainly see why.
The owners, Mike and Kim, are two of the coolest people I've ever had the chance to photograph. Mike, who spends most of his time between his handmade smoke house and the kitchen, has dedicated the better part of his life perfecting his barbecue techniques. The duo don't just settle for passing traffic, they take their show on the road, competing in BBQ competitions all around the country.
For most who pass by on Route 6, Spring Creek is a quaint little spot to grab a tasty bite on the way home from the park. However, the coolest part of Spring Creek isn't revealed until the snow falls. With thousands of miles of perfectly groomed trails, Northern Maine is a snowmobiler's paradise. Mike and Kim, not ones to let the cold get them down, trade in their quaint roadside location for a trailside railroad car. In fact, their trailside BBQ pit stop has even found its way onto National TV, thanks in no small part to Mr. Anthony Bourdain. Check out the clip below to see Mike in action.