“Repetition, how many hours you put in, does show,” he said.
Baxter, who started his food truck about a year ago, said he’s not afraid to compete against his friend.
“This is about to be real fun,” Baxter said.
Baxter explained that after attending culinary arts school he decided to open a food truck to continue his grandfather’s chicken tradition. He said his grandfather owned a chicken spot at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 20 years before he retired.
Baxter credited his grandfather for teaching him “you have to be able to make someone smile when they eat your food.”
He also believes it will not be all about his sauces in the competition. He’s confident his chicken wings will stand alone.
The competition, which will include a panel of judges, will be held inside The Arena Sports Bar, located at 4515 Salem Ave., Dayton. The public will be able to buy tickets and try the wings themselves. The competition will cover five categories: Spicy Garlic, Plain, Barbecue, Specialty Sauce and Garlic Parmesan. Roughly 10 to 15 vendors are expected at the event as well.
The winner of the competition will get their name and one of their sauces on the other’s menu, they said.
Ty Bobo, owner of The Arena Sports Bar, said he is excited to host this event.
“We’re going to make sure they get that recognition they deserve,” Bobo said. “Honestly, they’re both going to be winners in the end because they’re making an accomplishment by even doing this because a lot of people are scared to do competitions.”
The trio told Dayton.com they hope to make this an annual event. For more information, visit the three businesses’ social media pages.