Phillip and Yvette Helberg’s plan was to bring Texas-style barbecue to Orange County, California. They met on a Hawaiian cruise ship where Phillip, who grew up in The Woodlands, was working. Two years later, the couple was married and living in the Golden State, where Yvette grew up. Together they founded an event company, Helberg Ranch, in Rancho Santa Margarita. Yvette did the planning and marketing while Phillip provided the catering: barbecue from a steel offset smoker. Phillip also raced mountain bikes competitively, and their new home was a good spot for the endeavor, but it just wasn’t working financially. “I raced a lot out there, but that wasn’t paying the bills,” Phillip said. “Barbecue wasn’t really paying the bills, either.” They needed a fresh…View Original Post
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