low & slow wood smoked BBQ!

authentic × handcrafted

 
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2018 Virginia Food Truck Battle Champions!

Matt & Nicole receiving award.

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2019 Coastal Virginia Magazine Best BBQ Gold!

Matt & Nicole receiving award.

Follow our food truck:

May 2, 2019 - IRONMAN (Catering for Captains - Private Event)

May 3, 2019 - IRONMAN (Chickahominy Riverfront Park) 2pm - 7pm

May 4, 2019 - IRONMAN (Chickahominy Riverfront Park) 9am - 4pm

May 4, 2019 - Private Event (Wedding Catering) Billsburg

May 5, 2019 - IRONMAN (Chickahominy Riverfront Park) 6:30am - 4pm

May 8, 2019 - Alewerks Brewing Company (TRIVIA NIGHT) 4pm - Until Sold Out

May 10, 2019 - St. George Brewing Company 4pm - Until Sold Out

May 11, 2019 - A Taste Of New Kent 11am - 5pm

May 14, 2019 - Sly Clyde Ciderworks 4pm - Until Sold Out

May 16, 2019 - Richmond Riverfront Plaza 11am - 2pm

May 17, 2019 - The Virginia Beer Co. 12pm - Until Sold Out

May 18, 2019 - Family Fun Fest! 11am - 4pm

May 18, 2019 - The Virginia Beer Co. (Private Wedding Catering)

May 22, 2019 - Alewerks Brewing Company (Trivia Night) 4pm - Until Sold Out

May 23, 2019 - St. George Brewing Company (MOVIE TRIVIA NIGHT) 4pm - Until Sold Out

May 24, 2019 - LPGA PureSilk Championship at Kingsmill Resort 11am - 5pm

May 25, 2019 - LPGA PureSilk Championship at Kingsmill Resort 11am - 5pm

May 26, 2019 - LPGA PureSilk Championship at Kingsmill Resort 11am - 5pm

May 27 2019 - The Virginia Beer Co. (MEMORIAL DAY) 12pm - Until Sold Out

May 29, 2019 - Ferguson Corporate 11am - 2pm

May 31, 2019 - Alewerks Brewing Company 4pm - Until Sold Out

June dates to be added soon. . .

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Matt & Nicole Sileno: Owners and Operators of Matchsticks BBQ Co.  ( Corey Miller Photo )

Matt & Nicole Sileno: Owners and Operators of Matchsticks BBQ Co.

(Corey Miller Photo)

Our Story

Husband and wife team Matt and Nicole Sileno were on their honeymoon in April of 2017 when they took a hard look at the quality of their lives.

They quickly realized they were not chasing their dreams and decided it was time for big changes. They had been visiting Williamsburg for the past five years for Nicole’s birthday to enjoy a meal at their favorite restaurant, the Fat Canary and fell in love with everything about the area. To them it was a no-brainer they wanted to live near Williamsburg instead of Northern Virginia, so they worked with Wendy Walker and Matthew Gonzalez of the Wendy Walker Realty team and made their new home in Toano.

Matt has always loved to cook since he was a kid, and was fortunate to have parents that were both great cooks and showed him the ropes in the kitchen. His love for barbecue came when he lived in small town Goldsboro, North Carolina and it continued to grow throughout the years. Matt bought his first smoker in 2015 and was smokin’ barbecue every chance he could find.

Matt says he and Nicole ate some pretty bad barbecue in those early days, but eventually he figured out the secrets to low and slow smoked barbecue. Once he was consistently cooking a product that he was confident in serving to the masses, Matt and Nicole bought the food truck that catered their wedding back in March of 2017 and thus began the Matchsticks BBQ Co. They both love interacting with the community and are grateful each and every day for the support they have received to dream together and grow their family business. What’s next for Matt and Nicole? Their goal is to move into a brick and mortar location while still using the food truck to provide catering as well as continue to cook at popular locations in the Williamsburg, Richmond, and Newport News areas. Be on the lookout for their bottled Rubs and BBQ Sauces coming very soon!

Matchsticks BBQ Co. In The Media

We are very thankful for these features!  If you would like to feature Matchsticks BBQ Co. please feel free to get in touch!

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Featured in the Next Door Neighbors magazine

The recipe for great barbecue is part art, part science and part sleep deprivation. Five nights a week, Matt Sileno wakes up every hour to check on his smoker over a 14-hour cooking period, making sure the temperature stays constant and precise to produce a clear smoke for flavoring. “Otherwise, you can get a chemical taste on the meat,” Matt says. “I’m a big stickler about it. I baby my smoker. A lot of people think you can just light up some wood, throw the meat on and let it ride, but barbecue is a really hard craft. No cook is the same. It takes a lot of steps, time and patience.”

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WYDAILY feature

When Matt and Nicole Sileno got married at the Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg in March 2017, they had their big day catered by an award-winning food truck named Cured.

Their friends and family enjoyed beet salad, macaroni and cheese, pork belly and a short-rib dish with a view of rolling countryside.

The couple stayed in touch with the caterers, even as they began making plans to open their own food truck in Williamsburg. When Cured owners Jeremy Thrasher and Tarek Kipry announced they were taking jobs as restaurant chefs in Washington, the Silenos reached out and made them an offer.

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Virginia BBQ Trail feature

Husband and wife team Matt and Nicole Sileno were on their honeymoon in Bora Bora last April when they took a hard look at the quality of their lives.

They quickly realized they were not chasing their dreams and decided it was time for big changes. They had been visiting Williamsburg for the past five years for Nicole’s birthday to enjoy a meal at their favorite restaurant, the Fat Canary and fell in love with everything about the area. To them it was a no-brainer they wanted to live near Williamsburg instead of Northern Virginia, so they worked with Wendy and Matthew Gonzalez of the Wendy Walker Realty team and made their new home in Toano.

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Matt & Nicole quoted in the Virginia Gazette

Food trucks are popular at breweries in James City and York counties, and could be allowed to operate in Williamsburg more easily with a set of new regulations up for City Council review this Thursday. (Virginia Gazette File Photo)

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Patrick’s BBQ Trail feature

We’re going to pay a visit to Matchsticks BBQ Co. Someone had mentioned them to me in a message a couple of weeks ago. We checked them out and I saw that our niece had liked them so I contacted her to see why she didn’t let me know. I’m thinking they must not have been that great but all the reviews were good. Well my niece wasn’t sure if we’d want to check them out since they are operating a food truck. Well of course. We love some food trucks. So today we found them set up at an antique shop in Toano, VA. They were part of an outside event with music, food, vendors, etc. All that got our attention and away we went.

 

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