By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 11, 2023 at 12:01 PM

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It’s almost time for Bark & BBQ, an event that celebrates our furry four-legged friends and supports Friends of MADACC, an organization that works to improve the welfare of domestic animals in Milwaukee County. 

The first-ever event, presented by OnMilwaukee and Milwaukee Radio Alliance’s B93.3 will take place Saturday, Oct. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum Campus at 400 W. Canal St.  

Bark & BBQ will feature over 30 dog-related vendors, a ball pit and lure course to engage and entertain your pups, a pet photo booth and a Halloween costume dog parade at 2 p.m. And yes, there will even be a hydration station for your little hot dawg.

Pure Bread Deliciousness

But that’s not all. Guests are also invited to grab lunch from a cadre of food trucks and vendors serving up paw-sitively delicious fare.

MOTOR Restaurant
Known for their house-smoked brisket, pulled pork and chicken, MOTOR will be serving up a delicious menu of BBQ faves including plates, sandwiches and sides like jicama slaw and southern style corn bread.

Backyard Flava
BBQ season is all year long at Backyard Flava which serves up ribs, chicken, andouille and polish sausages, sandwiches and housemade sides like spaghetti, potato salad, mac & cheese, baked beans and coleslaw.

Big City BBQ
Big City BBQ offers what they call Mexican Fusion BBQ. They’re planning to bring popular standards like pulled pork, brisket, pork belly burnt ends, along with sandwiches, nachos and sides like smoked mac & cheese, Big City Beans (with bacon, chorizo and jalapeno) and coleslaw with lime and cilantro. 

Smoked wings from Double B's
Smoked wings from Double B's

Double B’s
Expect bbq staples like hickory smoked baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and smoked wings plus signature dishes like Redneck Sundaes (tater tots topped with smoked pulled pork, cheddar, sour cream, Kansas City BBQ sauce, French’s onions and bacon), Pig Mac (housemade macaroni and cheese topped with pork belly), bacon balls (with blue cheese and Thai chili sauces), macaroni and cheese and housemade corn muffins.

The Iron Pig
Craving pulled pork, chicken, brisket or sausage? You’ll find it at The Iron Pig along (in both plate and sandwich form) with sides like BBQ beans, coleslaw, cheesy corn and potato salad. Enhance the experience with the choice of six sauces from House BBQ and AppleJack to Texas Fire.

K&L’s will be serving up their fan favorite, the smoked brisket cheeseburger, made with 100% ground brisket. Guests can also expect tender sliced brisket, spare ribs, pulled pork, and crispy skin pork belly. 

Pig Tailz
Delicious handhelds are coming your way from the street eats experts at Pig Tailz. They’ll be serving up a cadre of taco with fillings like buffalo chicken (lettuce, cheese, zesty ranch); steak (chimichurri red onion, queso fresco); pulled pork (southern slaw, BBQ sauce); portobello mushroom (chimichurri, arugula, red onion, queso fresco); Korean BBQ (slaw, onions sesame aioli). Guests can also order their Mexican steak pita with pico, lettuce, queso fresco and chipotle creme or DTE Nachos (braised pork, giardiniera, nacho cheese sauce, BBQ sauce drizzle).

Korean Pork Tacos from Pig Tailz
Korean Pork Tacos from Pig Tailz

Tots on the Street
Gourmet stuffed tater tots are the specialty from Tots on the Street.  And they will be bringing out some of their most popular flavors just for the event. Those include Wisconsin cheese curd tots (filled with gooey Clock Shadow cheese curds), sour cream and chive tots, their OG tots (plant-based and dairy-free), Buffalo chicken tots and BBQ pulled pork tots to jive with the BBQ theme. Fun fact: All Tots on the Street tots are also gluten-free! 

Get VIB status

Bark & BBQ is FREE to attend with complementary parking available on the Harley-Davidson Museum campus, as well as on North Sixth Street.

But guests can upgrade your experience with a CBDelicacy/Tito's VIB (Very Important Barker) ticket for $35. The ticket includes early entry at 11 a.m., two drinks, an appetizer buffet, your choice of a Ball Pit or Lure Course ticket, a Bark & BBQ collapsible dog bowl, a Tito's bandana, an H-D Museum admission ticket, pup treats from CBDelicacy and a toy from Yelp! Purchase VIB tickets here.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.