Whole-E Smokes offers unique flavors in Cambridge area

John Jaloszynski said he took a leap of faith opening a new business.

Whole-E Smokes is a mobile barbecue stand owner Jaloszynski parks in Fleetgo at Cambridge and Lake State Federal Credit Union in Isanti.

John Jaloszynski owns Whole-E Smokes, a BBQ stand he parks outside Fleetgo in Cambridge Tuesdays and Thursday through Saturday, as well as Wednesdays 5 to 8 p.m. at Lake State Federal Credit Union in Isanti during the car show. Photos by Elizabeth Sias

“It’s an opportunity to give back to the people,” he said. “The business that I want to continue to grow is being able to provide farm fresh meats from the farmer directly to the customer.”

April 28 was his official opening day. Now, Whole-E Smokes is regularly parked in the Fleetgo parking lot Tuesdays and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s also open Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. during the car show at Lake State Federal Credit Union in Isanti. They also offer catering to special events.

“I was looking for something to tie in with my deer processing business,” Jaloszynski said. “I saw a trailer in North Dakota that said ‘BBQ’ on the side, so I got the idea of making a small investment, buying a trailer, selling some sandwiches at auctions and coming home.”

Jaloszynski serves up a pulled pork sandwich, one of the most popular items on the menu.

When looking for trailers, he started asking himself what it would take to make a living out of it. Rather than trying it out in North Dakota, Jaloszynski said he decided to stick to his roots, and Whole-E Smokes was born in his hometown of Cambridge.

“The Lord told me, ‘Use the resources that you have and make this happen at home,’” he said. That’s when he teamed up with longtime friend and now business partner Gary Adams.

Jaloszynski, who worked construction before opening Whole-E Smokes, has been experienced with smoking meats and prepping food for 30 years,

“Business has been pretty good,” he said. “The business is word of mouth, and word of mouth is traveling very fast. Not as fast as I anticipated, but people are loving it. They love the new option in Cambridge, and there’s no barbecue around Cambridge, which is one thing that led me to do it.”

Among the most popular items include the pulled pork sandwich, brisket sandwich, ribs, pork steak and chicken. He also serves porkchops-on-a-stick at special events, including the upcoming Isanti PRCA Rodeo performances July 6 and 7.

Side options with meals include baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, and chips. Jaloszynski said he gets freshly baked bread from Herman’s Bakery.

“It’s a fair price for a wholesome meal and you get a good amount of food,” he said. “I don’t want the customer to leave feeling unfulfilled.”

Ultimately, Jaloszynski wants to keep the business going and have happy customers. The name Whole-E Smokes is a representation of both the words “holy” and “wholesome.”

“I feel I’m being led down a path and I’m trusting God in being able to give back to the community,” he said. “I took everything I had in my name to put toward this and build the business. It’s a huge walk of faith.”

For more information, call John Jaloszynski at 612-867-4609.

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