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New food truck The Smokin Burrito serves Mexican barbecue with a WWII theme

The Smokin Burrito is a new food truck modeled after a World War II bomber plane and serving a combination of slow-smoked barbecue and Mexican food.
The Smokin Burrito is a new food truck modeled after a World War II bomber plane and serving a combination of slow-smoked barbecue and Mexican food. SPECIAL TO THE BEE

There’s a new food truck in town that has both grub and style.

The Smokin Burrito – actually a trailer – is military green and painted to look like an old-fashioned bomber, complete with guns, a menacing mouth and a pin-up girl. It started popping up at events this summer.

“There’s a lot of military in my family,” owner AaronnHansen explains. “I was in the Navy. My grandfather was in the Navy. I made it look like a World War II plane.”

The food it serves is a fusion of Mexican and barbecue. Tacos and burritos are on the menu, but the meat inside them is all slow-cooked barbecue.

The pulled pork is slow-smoked for 14 hours and the mac and cheese has a smoky flavor, too.

We make everything real slow with local, fresh ingredients.

Aaronn Hansen, The Smokin Burrito

Hansen’s favorite dish is the Mac Daddy burrito, filled with barbecued tri-tip and pulled pork, smoked mac and cheese and a salsa with barbecue sauce in it.

“It’s very different,” Hansen tells people. “If you try it, it makes sense.”

The best way to find The Smokin Burrito is to keep tabs on its Facebook page or on Twitter at @smokinburrito1. It’s also on Instagram as TheSmokinBurrito.

The Smokin Burrito can be found most often at Eatin’ on Eaton events every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the water tower at Fresno and O streets. They’re also frequently at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. beer garden nights, which run Thursdays through Saturdays.

The Smokin Burrito often attends Eatin’ on Eaton events every Friday.

The business also does private events.

Hansen fell into the food truck business.

He has a background in technology, working as an intelligence specialist in the Navy and doing IT for Fresno Unified School District and Fresno City College. He also still runs his own IT business, Teknode.

He’s always loved to cook for his family, and his mother-in-law ran a catering business in Selma. She was about to sell a food trailer she owned when inspiration struck Hansen.

“I was like, ‘Hey, why don’t we keep in the family?’ ” he says. “It just kinda came out of nowhere, I didn’t plan it.”

The Smokin Burrito is a family project, he says.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

The Smokin Burrito’s next events:

  • Eatin’ on Eaton Fridays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Oct. 9, 16 and 30.
  • Zombie Survival Crawl, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 24, Woodward Park.
  • Fresno Monsters ice hockey game, 7:45 p.m. Oct. 22, Gateway Ice Center.
  • Summer Sweat, Oct. 17, event starts at noon, Fulton Mall.
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