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Dustin Martin tried an impressive variety of career paths before opening a barbecue joint. The Granbury native raced dirt bikes and was a competitive wakeboarder before an accident on the water threatened to take his leg in 2007. Doctors saved the leg, and Martin moved on to mechanical engineering, running heavy equipment in the North Dakota oil fields before settling in as an estimator for a North Texas construction company. In the oil fields, he caught the barbecue bug cooking almost daily for his crew of fifteen workers. Back to Texas, he eventually turned his passion into a catering business. In 2021, he found a building to house his future restaurant in tiny Tolar, a town of less than seven hundred people between Fort Worth…

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