New barbecue food truck bringing the beef
By Chuck Blount
Updated 6:00 pm, Thursday, February 22, 2018
No cows were tipped, but plenty are being well, you know, now that an experienced area pitmaster has decided to return to the barbecue game.
Manny Olivo, the former owner of Manny O’s BBQ in Universal City, has started up a food truck named Cow Tippin BBQ. It’s parked outside the Schertz public library, 798 Schertz Parkway, every Saturday starting at noon.
Olivo converted an old airport shuttle bus that he acquired on eBay for $1,800 into a mobile kitchen with recycled materials and parts from the restaurant. The process took him two years to complete.
“The roof was constructed out of wood from a 40-year-old barn, and I’d acquire fencing material during bulk pickup events,” Olivo said. “The restaurant didn’t work out, but I saved everything, thinking maybe some day I’d make a comeback.”
Olivo works full-time with the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City School District, so he is only able to open the truck one day a week. But business has been brisk.
He said he’s regularly selling out 60 pounds of brisket, 20 pounds of pork, 10 pounds of sausage and 10 whole chickens.
“People definitely remembered us,” Olivo said. “I think my barbecue is stronger than it’s ever been before.”
Cow Tippin sides ($2 each) include a loaded baked potato salad, hand-cut fries, freshly-shredded cabbage slaw and slow-cooked anasazi beans. The Cow Patty ($6), a special menu item, is a batch of fries topped with brisket, barbecue sauce, bacon and shredded cheese.
Olivo said that once the school year ends, he will schedule more days of service throughout the San Antonio area. Just look for the bus painted like a milk cow.