About Back Forty

2011_Jeff_Erb_(Founder)_and_Michael_WarrenAward-Winning BBQ

The Back Forty BBQ Team travels regularly to compete in contests against the nation’s finest barbecue operations. As one of the nation’s Top-24 Barbecue Teams, Back Forty has been invited to compete in the annual National BBQ Rib Cook Off since 1991.




Nugget BBQ Rib Cook Off

The 24-member panel of judges regularly votes Back Forty the #1 Barbecue In California. In 2011, Back Forty was named the #1 Barbecue in the Nation. In 2012 and 2014, Back Forty was voted “People’s Choice” among all competitors. The prestigious panel also singled out Back Forty’s Barbecue Sauce twice as the Best Barbecue Sauce in the Nation! 

More than 400,000 people attend the 4-day event. After sampling barbecue prepared by all competitors, they voted Back Forty’s barbecue the best in the competition!

Other No. California Locations

To help spread the legend, more Back Forty BBQ Restaurants were needed. So, in 1993, Back Forty opened in Shingle Springs, CA, beside Highway 50, on the way to Lake Tahoe. Since 1995, Back Forty has been serving Reno-bound travelers at the Roseville, CA location, conveniently situated beside Interstate 80.

Pleasant Hill Restaurant Expansion

In 2007, Back Forty’s Pleasant Hill restaurant became even bigger and bolder with the opening of the 16,000 square-foot Roadhouse & Saloon. Our flagship Roadhouse & Saloon includes a Texas-sized dining room, patio seating, two bars and a live music & banquet hall.

Visit a one of our BBQ Restaurants soon, and enjoy the made-from-scratch recipes of Grandma Schroeder.