#212 Mike & Heather Harbin, Mo-Chilli BBQ

(Airdate: November 29, 2022) Maryanne interviews Mike & Heather Harbin, owners of barbecue joint Mo-Chilli. Although Heather’s a local girl, the two met in the Washington DC area at a training course to become insurance agents. They ultimately moved to Texas, Mike’s home base. They had successful careers in insurance, but Mike had barbecue on his mind. His passion for just the right recipe soon had him competing in barbecue cook-offs. That led to selling the stuff from their driveway. They decided to move back to Port Townsend for family reasons. It’s a leap, but they decided they could make a living selling barbecue here. Their custom-built food truck was made to exact barbecue specs. Before they opened full time on Sims Way in March 2022, they captured many fans by moving the truck from event to event. Not too many entrepreneurs opened businesses during the Covid era. But their gamble seems to be paying off!