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About Tommy Gunns Barbeque and Catering

Tommy Gunns Barbeque and Catering is a Philadelphia-based barbeque restaurant that features award-winning barbeque, a contemporary dining experience and a professional catering team. Tommy Gunn's premiere barbeque in Manayunk takes pride in offering the finest in authentic barbeque done Philly-style. The restaurant offers barbeque classics such as Philly-Style Spare ribs, Kansas City Baby Back Ribs, Carolina Style pulled pork and Texas beef brisket. All Tommy Gunns meats are slow-smoked daily in hickory pits and served with original, hand-made barbeque sauces and an assortment of fresh homemade sides including Spicy Collard Greens, Texas Baked Beans and Chef Eddie's Deep Fried Mac-n-Cheese. Tommy Gunns Barbeque and Catering was founded in early 2004 and is run by entrepreneurs Tommy Miller and Michael Usowski.
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Out-of-the Box Catering

At Tommy Gunns we bring our award-winning barbeque to people in a variety ways, at many different types of events.

Office parties, luncheons and back yard barbeque hosts often want a quick and easy way to offer our barbeque to their guests.

Tommy Gunns provides a drop off and limited service menu to satisfy these hosts... (more)

Large / Custom Catering

At Tommy Gunns we bring our award-winning barbeque to people in a variety ways, at many different types of events.

From weddings to 50th anniversary parties, the large, upscale barbeque party, complete with hors d' oeuvres, fresh cut flowers, and full wait service, is one way that we like to showcase our fine barbeque cuisine. ... (more)

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TommyGunns American BBQ & Catering is looking for responsible professionals who enjoy the challenge of running a business at an outstanding level. We pride ourselves on having a great team. We are hiring Cashiers/Sales Associates, Great Cooks, and all around superstars that can do BOTH.

We work hard, but like to laugh too. Our self starting, active and engaged employees are happy to be in a workplace that is fun, exciting, and full of team players.

What we DO look for. A person who:

  • can cater to customers and work with a sense of urgency • is clean and responsible and self motivated • is multifaceted and interested in learning new skills • has extraordinary personal skills (very important) • likes meeting and helping new people and enjoys getting along with those they already know • doesn’t mind getting dirty at times and can lift up to 50 lbs • has cooking experience (for cooks) • is SafeServe Certified (a plus for cooks) • has a valid drivers license with no more than 4 points on it (a plus)

What we DON’T look for:

  • Drama queens, high-maintenance prima donnas, skeptics, slackers and negativos, and people who think they are vampires :)

At TommyGunns you will do many different things during the day. You might prep food in the kitchen, be a sales associate on the register, load catering trucks, do inventory and shopping...all in the same day.

Tommy Gunns Barbeque and Catering Executive Chef Eddie Vann was born and raised in Philadelphia, but his barbeque roots run deep and extend way back to his great grandfather in Northern Georgia. Even as a young boy, Eddie was the grandkid that would build and tend the small barbeque pit in the back yard. Eddie was the one that could cook and for years played around with the old recipe book, twisting and turning the recipes trying them out on the rest of the family. Eddie Vann could always cook.

Eddie spent several years in the Navy and then moved to Suburban New Jersey to raise his three daughters. For years Eddie worked for the post office always considering the day when he would build on his culinary past. Finally, after over 15 years with the post office, Eddie applied for culinary school at the Philadelphia Art Institute's culinary division. For over two years Eddie travelled over 2 hours each way to school and ultimately graduated with a degree in culinary arts. It was upon graduation that Eddie joined with Tommy Gunns entrepreneuers Tommy Miller and Michael Usowski to form what is known today as Tommy Gunns Barbeque and Catering.

What is Barbeque? | What is Philly Style BBQ? | History of Tommy Gunns Barbeque

Barbeque is a distinctly American cuisine and Tommy Gunns features classics from around the country. The amazing thing about barbeque is that no two regions are the same. In North Carolina you'll find tender smoked pork infused with a pepper vinegar sauce. Drive 20 minutes across the border to south Carolina and you'll get tender smoked pork with a mustard based sauce. They're both real barbeque, but every region has it's own barbeque. A region's barbeque is a direct reflection of its history and people. That's what makes barbeque so special.

In Philadelphia we have our own style of barbeque. At TommyGunns we do what we have dubbed the Philly Style Spare ribs.

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The Philly Style spare rib is similar to a St. Louis Style spare rib but what makes it Philly sytle is the way we cut the rib and finish the smoked rib on the grill.

A st. louis style rack of ribs is cut down so that all ribs are exactly the same size; a rack of st. louis style resembles a neatly drawn rectangle. The ribs are smaller and each one uniform. There is a lot of waste in this process because so much has to be cut down.

Philly style ribs at Tommy Gunns have a small part of the breastbone removed, but that's it. Each rib, therefore, retains its own individuality. You have short end ribs, and long end ribs - larger ribs, smaller ribs, and much more meat on each rib. Its all the same meat, why cut it down and throw it away? We live in Philly, a town where people love to eat a lot of food and fast, why chuck what could otherwise be eaten?

Once we've trimmed the rack, we dry rub it with our Tommy Gunns original Lucky 13 rub. Like most barbeque rubs in the USA, The basic components are sugar, salt, paprika, and chili powder. Of course at Tommy Gunns we put about 9 more secret spices in there, that's why we call it Lucky 13. We rub our meats down at least 12 hours before smoking so they tenderize and marinate. Now they're ready for smokin'.

The Philly Style spare rib is smoked three to four hours, these days we're using hickory wood, but apple, cherry, and pecan also bring a really nice flavor.

In the spirit of the back yard Philly Barbeque, Tommy Gunns ribs are then finished on the grill and finished with Tommy Gunns original barbeque sauce. A barbeque aficionado or two from down South and out in the Mid West have asked us what a perfectly good smoked rib is doing on a grill. And our answer is simple, that's how we do it in Philly, and we think it's more fun and tastes better!

1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Cup Onions, raw, chopped
1 Tbsp. Cumin seed or 1/2 Tbsp. Cumin powder
3 Tbsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. Pepper, black,
1 Tbsp Onion powder
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
8 oz ground beef, lean
2 Cup (1 Can) Stewed Tomatoes, No salt
1 Cup Red Kidney Beans
3 ounces TommyGunns Homemade BBQ Sauce or your favorite BBQ Sauc

1. In a skillet put extra virgin olive oil and onions; cook for 5 minutes until onion is tender.

2. Add Cumin seed , 1 Tbsp. of Chilli powder (reserve 2 Tbsp. for later), black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir to mix.

3. Add ground beef and cook until brown. (you can always substitute TommyGunns Beef Brisket here!)

4. Add stewed tomatoes, red kidney beans and remaining 2 Tbsp. of Chilli powder. Cover and cook for 25 minutes (Medium temp.). You can also add 3 ounces of TommyGunns BBQ Sauce for great flavor.

5. Top with mozzarella or your favorite cheese and enjoy!

Serving Suggestion: Serve with reduced fat sour cream and corn chips. Makes 3 servings.


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4901 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Phone: (215) 508-1030

Everyday 11am - 9pm

Tommy Gunns Barbeque and Catering


4901 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Restaurant: (866) 459-8291

Catering: (267) 507-3170
Tues- Sun 11am - 9pm
Closed Monday

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