About Vinnie

Vinnie has always loved cooking and it all started in his backyard for family and friends. When Vinnie began creating his own BBQ sauce our son started asking for the "Vinnie Sauce" for every meal. Soon our friends were asking to purchase our slow smoked meats and signature Vinnie Sauce for their own parties.

 When Vinnie realized the small backyard smoker just wasn't big enough anymore, he set out to design a new one. We now have 2 different Smokers. The first one was built by East Texas Smoker Company and our newest one was built by Pitmaker. 

In 2008 we started Vinnie's Smokin' BBQ catering business and began catering parties from 10 to 600 on the weekends.

 Vinnie decided to expand his love of cooking and attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School graduating at the top of his class in 2012.When Vinnie's wife Debbie suggested they move to Oregon where she was raised, they sold their house in California and moved to the Springfield area to be close to their families.

 In 2016 Vinnie and his wife Debbie opened Vinnie’s Smokin BBQ food truck and catering business. While BBQ is his passion, Vinnie will create a menu to fit your budget and suit your culinary desires. 

"Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ was featured at the Eugene Mission’s third annual Food Truck Festival fundraiser on June 30, 2018. Vinnie Cowan, the owner of Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ food truck, has participated in all three years of the festival. He and his family are long-time supporters of the Eugene Mission". (Sarah Northrop/Emerald)

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