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Every working firehouse has at least one notable pitmaster in its ranks, but as a rule, the only people who get to eat firehouse barbecue are firefighters. Thanks to Wichita’s Jetman, John E. Thien, firehouse swine dining is no longer exclusive to firefighters.
When the Jetman and his wife leased the former Engine Company Number 8 firehouse building, installed two vintage Oyler barbecue pits, and equipped a prep room, kitchen, serving station and dining area, Wichita opened a new era of swine dining.
Now, thanks to Jetman John E. Thien and his wife, Susie, the people of Wichita — and visiting Chow Towners — can enjoy top-notch barbecue in a firehouse setting. Although the firefighter sliding poles from the upstairs sleeping quarters to the engine house below are gone and the holes are covered, there is no mistaking that you’re in a firehouse. Firefighter helmets, clothing, memorabilia and gear adorn the walls and floor around the perimeter.
By ARDIE A. DAVIS. 3 minutes ago