The Pit Stop BBQ, LLC

Acton, CA

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We are different from other caterers for several reasons. We serve you the freshest food for your event. We are not a restaurant and do not have pre-cooked food. Our food is shopped, prepped, and usually cooked and finished on location exclusively for you event, giving you and your guests the freshest and best tasting food available. We do not charge a service charge or gratuity. We feel it is our client's right to determine if our service merits more. We do not come into your home to use your kitchen. Our trailer not only has a 60 cubic foot rotisserie, but also has a fully equipped kitchen. Until we serve your guests, you won't even know we are there. We do not charge you by the person. We charge you based on the menu you select at today's market price, the number of people you want to feed, shopping, prepping, cooking, equipment overhead, and extras like rentals that you may want us to provide. You can always take our price and divide it be the number of people you have in attendance to get a price per person if you want. HOWEVER, if you have more than the number of people you had us base the food upon, you WILL NOT be charged additionally by us. In addition, there are other factors like operating costs that are included in our total; hence, you are being charged for a total package without service charges and traveling fees.
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Location

Acton, CA 93510

Years in business

12

Times hired on Thumbtack

53

Reviews

47 Reviews
  • Daniel S. Oct 23, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    BBQ at its Best
    We could not be happier with the outcome of our catered wedding. The food was absolutely amazing; pulled pork, mashed taters, and beans that are out of this world. I can't believe how professional and personable Pam was during the whole experience. She didn't try and be outlandish like other caters but kept it real letting the food do the talking. Everyone complimented how good the food was and most of the wedding guests went back for seconds including myself. I can't wait to eat the rest of the leftovers for the upcoming week after the honeymoon. Mr. And Mrs. Sanchez
  • Debbie C. Oct 12, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    THE BBQ PIT AND MY OCTOBER 8th WEDDING! WONDERFUL!
    I was very pleased with Pam and The Pit Stop BBQ! She was professional, on time, and went above and beyond to make our special day even better! The food was delicious! She even accommodated my few vegan guests without an extra charge. My guest raved about the food and also really loved the appetizers. The portions were plenty, and she we even had extras even though we had more guests than expected. Pam and her servers also helped cut and serve the cake, which was really appreciated! I would recommend The Pit Stop BBQ for any event and I would hire them again! Thank you Pam!
  • Tammy O. Sep 28, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Great Food Served with a Smile!
    Pam and her Team did a wonderful Job! We were battling severe gusts of wind but they hung in there. The food was awesome - chicken, pulled pork, beans, potato salad and coleslaw. All served with a smile! Pam went out of her way to do my company picnic and as an event planner I highly recommend her. Good Job Pam! and Thank You very much.
  • Dave A. Sep 17, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Just what I wanted
    I hired Pam to chef two meals for a special treat for a family vacation. I was very happy with her service, the meal prep and presentation, and of course cleanup. She had to operate in an unfamiliar kitchen (vacation rental) and was still completely prepared with everything she needed. Of the two meals the 1st was a home run in every way. It included unique items that really showed Pam's strengths. The second was very good but not as good as the first and not as unique. Nevertheless I would hire Pam again for sure.
  • Barbara S. Jun 22, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Pam and Virginia from The Pittstop BBQ caterers were awesome! They're so patient and nice. The food was fantastic. They catered my daughter"'s baby shower and my guests havent stopped raving about how good the food was. The mac and cheese is by far THEE BEST I've EVER had. I will definitely be hiring them again! Thanks Ladies!
  • Dawn R. May 4, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    I have to say Pam gives great service and one of the most professional caterer I have experienced. She was attentive to my needs and even though I was planning an event from Louisiana the miles didn't affect her service. Pam stayed in contact with me and made sure I was updated. I have to say if I could give her a higher rating she would have it. Give Pam a try you won't be disappointed! Don't delay call Pam today. Thank you once again for all you did for us.
  • Ron T. May 2, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    We just had a college graduation party for our daughter on 4/30/16 with about 80-100 people and it happened to be at our new house. This was the very first party at our new house and we were quite nervous about how it would go. At our old house, we have had many many parties and we had a system in place for everything down to the layout of the tables, food serving area, cooking area, lighting, etc., At our new house, it was first and foremost a bit challenging because of our steep driveway with no room for turnaround for the bbq trailer. Pam came 2 weeks prior to the event and put together a workable plan. She worked it out by leaving the trailer in the culdesac below and cooking everything there then transported everything in cambros up to where the party was in her SUV. The food was fabulous and everyone thoroughly enjoyed all of it. The menu consisted of the following; pulled pork, santa maria style tri-tip, and 3 sides which were bbq beans, twice baked mashed potatoes with the fixings, and 2-cheese mac-n-cheese. We also had 2 appetizers which were the pig candy and the links in a blanket. All was very delicious! We took care of the desserts ourselves but worked it out with Pam for an additional crew member to take care of serving the desserts. We had custom cupcakes, donuts, and smores. Pam and her crew were very attentive to our guests and even took care of helping with making the smores over the fire pit for the kids and others. I remember Pam saying, this was the first time in many years that she made smores. I bring this up only because, if you're looking for a more personable caterer who will customize things for your party then, Pitt Stop Bbq is the caterer you should hire. Since I like to be quite thorough, I asked for and received pricing from a total of 6 caterers and interviewed a total of 4 of them. The common denominator with the others was they simply wanted to do the bare minimum, count every single plate only to charge you more for the additional plates used, and then quickly leave. This was far from the case with Pam and her crew. They were very friendly and jumped in where needed and as needed. I definitely look forward to using them again the next time because it was soooooo nice not having to worry about the cooking and serving and cleaning up. My wife and I and family were simply able to host and mingle rather than being stressed out with all the particulars. Thanks Pam and crew, you guys made our event special and successful. Ron, Ana, and family.
  • Jacqueline G. Apr 24, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    The pit stop BBQ staff was amazing. Our wedding guest were completely in love with their food . the few leftovers we had left were eating the next day for breakfast. Pam was super friendly on time and so helpful . she and her staff were on top of everything . they served the food exactly on time they were friendly always smiling very professional. Of you are looking for good prices and great food believe they are the way to go you won't regret it.
  • Ian J. Feb 16, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Was very happy with how the Pit Stop took care of my Super Bowl party. Very professional and took care of everything from top to bottom.
  • Joeleen A. Feb 1, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    First & foremost, I must say that Pam provided excellent service & helped set up everything upon arrival. The food was a hit for our baby shower, everyone complimented on how good it was. We ordered the BBQ pork, BBQ chicken, garlic mash potatoes, baked beans and coleslaw. ALL was delicious!! We will definitely be ordering from The Pit Stop BBQ in the future. Thanks again Pam!
  • Jackie W. Jan 28, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    She catered our birthday party and was very professional and easy to work with. Her food was great and we had several compliments on the taste and selection. I will certainly recommend her services to anyone in need. Thank you.
  • Brenda C. Jan 19, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Pam is a lovely person. She is organized, responsive, quiet and a pleasure to have in your kitchen. Her shrimp was outstanding! Best of all at the last minute she was able to fit in making a chicken paillard for a guest who only would eat chicken. You will not regret working with her.
  • Colette M. Dec 7, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Pam and her helper did an amazing job at our black-tie dinner party. Our guests enjoyed themselves and commented on how delicious the lamb chops were! We will definitely hire Pam again!
  • Maudy K. May 28, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We worked with Pam to celebrate my son's first birthday party. It was a great experience. I had very little time to plan, being a new mom, and was stressed about preparing, but Pam took care of everything for me from the food to the tent, tables, and chair rentals. She even visited me weeks before to see how things would be set up. The barbeque was delicious and I am enjoying leftovers as I am writing this. Pam went above and beyond for me. We will definitely be working together again in the future.
  • Vanessa O. Feb 26, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Pam and her crew were absolutely amazing! We hired her for our wedding at La Cañada Thursday Club and many of our guests said it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. And it was certainly the most delicious barbecue I've had! She was super helpful, patient, and accommodating throughout the whole process and she was an integral part of our wedding to make it a smashing success. Thank you so much, Pam!!!
  • Ann L. Jan 19, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Wonderful person to work for. On Time, Neat and awsome food. Her cleanup is 10 stars as is her serving and food. What a gal. My guests loved her and I will be using her again when the occasion arises. Thanks Pam you were outstanding.
  • Dave S. Jan 13, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We hired Pam for our Mom's 60th birthday. It was a small intimate family dinner for 8, and Pam was AWESOME. She was easy to communicate with, professional, and the food was great. We ate- Tomato bisque shooters with grilled cheese bites BBQ chicken sliders Salad Filet steaks Twice baked potato Roaster butternut squash Mocha almond cake This was a fantastic experience I'd recommend to anyone looking to have a family dinner without mom stressing out over cooking AND cleaning.
  • Geraldlyn D. Dec 10, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We hired Pam for our annual Christmas Party and her staff were GREAT! She wasn’t familiar with the venue so she even visited it prior to the party so that she would be well prepared. Everyone loved the food. We will definitely hire her again. Pam is kind, patient and professional. Well done. Thanks so much Pam, Geraldlyn
  • Monica E. Dec 8, 2014
    Food Truck or Cart Services
    Verified Review
    The Pit Stop BBQ was great! The employees really LOVED and enjoyed the food. Their services were also wonderful. We've had caterers that take up to two hours to serve 150 people. Pam and her crew were done in less than an hour. I recommend The Pit Stop and am looking forward to hiring Pam again in the near future!
  • Genevieve V. Nov 29, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Pam and her food was absolutely wonderful!!! We had a few people we could have used and am so glad we chose Pam for my in-laws 50th anniversary. My husband and I have had chefs before in our home before, but no one even compares to Pam and her food. Thank you Pam for a wonderful evening and the memory of the night will be forever!!!!
  • Stephen B. Nov 20, 2014
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Pam came over and provided us private instruction in our home on basic cooking skills. Pam did a great job. We will be hiring again this next weekend to help us with preparing for Thanksgiving since it will be our first time cooking everything ourselves. I would recommend Pam to anyone looking for cooking instruction.
  • Kelly W. Nov 5, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I did not end up using Pit Stop BBQ, but Pam was very responsive and I would definitely give her a chance the next time I need a caterer.
  • Rebeca Q. Sep 29, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    My wedding took place on. 09/26/14 in Canyon Country, CA. From the beginning of the planning process, Pam was very helpful and involved in deciding the logistics of the meal and catering services. Pam very kindly helped me in purchasing multiple items for the wedding (plates, utensils, limes, lemons, etc) and charged me at cost. This helped me save time and energy, which I could put elsewhere while planning the wedding. It has only been a few days since the wedding, but every single person that I have spoken to has had only positive comments to say about the food. Thank you, Pam for all of your and your crews hard work!!
  • Renee O. Sep 4, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Oh my gosh, this company is outstanding!!! Pam went way above & beyond my highest hopes for our small, but very special, 85th birthday party. I couldn't believe the trouble she went to for our party of under 10 people. She treated us like we were a royal wedding party of 1,000. Pam arrived at our home on time, set up everything beautifully - one banquet table with hot dishes and one with cold dishes. She was so unobtrusive setting up, my aunt said later she didn't even notice her there! Pam loaned us tables, attractive table cloths, stainless chafing dishes with sterno for the hot items and ice underneath for cold items, serving utensils, everything. I worked with Pam on the customized menu, finally ordering 3 appetizers, 2 BBQ main dishes, several sides plus dessert, all from her Hawaiian theme menu. Pam cautioned me it would be a lot of food but I wanted leftovers for my dad. (I was able to fill his freezer afterward!) Each and every dish was absolutely delicious. (I could live on the ribs alone. I wish wish wish I could mail order them as I live in Portland, Oregon.) Everyone asked "Where did you ever find this caterer???!!!" Not so easy in the Antelope Valley. I simply lucked out! I look forward to hiring The Pit Stop BBQ again for our next family get-together. I wish it was tomorrow.
  • Valerie R. Sep 3, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Crystall F. Jun 2, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We booked Pit Stop for a backyard wedding if about 100 people. Pam was great at getting my bride and groom everything that wanted to within their budget. Her and her staff went above and beyond even helping put our home made appitizers out and cutting the cake. Our guests LOVED the fresh and tastey food and are even still talking about it!!a
  • Tom Natalie S. Apr 18, 2014
    The Pit Stop BBQ provided excellent food with great choices. The service was professional and friendly. Pam made it clear that they were there to make our day special and they really did. We will use them again and can't speak highly enough of their service.
  • Naomi T. Apr 14, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Pam G. Apr 15, 2014

    Naomi and her family were amazing. She was the fastest hire I have ever experienced on Thumbtack. We instantly hit it off, and I knew we could deliver what she wanted. This is what she sent to me after the event on our Thumbtack communication area: Naomi T. has sent you a message. Naomi says: Deareast Pam! Thank you so very much for every thing you did to make Mommy's and new Papa's celebration an event no one will ever forget! Your food was. .a culinary art of perfection! All evening and into the next two days family and friends kept raving about those ribs and the vegi gumbo! Oh my gosh! Woman can you throw down! Wow what adjectives express Sharing the experience of enjoying your outrageously incredible food mixed in with an Unbelievable awesome crazy historic evening of jazz legends with family and friends. You were our blessing. I gave your card to my building's administration office and expressed that they must seek you out for party and events. You and yours will always have a special place in our hearts and soul....just like your cooking.

  • Elizabeth T. Mar 20, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Pam Gram with the Pit Stop BBQ, exceeded our expectations. Her and her team's personal and professional touch was greatly appreciated by both my husband and I. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and she delivered on time. The guest gave us numerous positive compliments on the food and the service her and her team provided. The Church leadership is very interested in utilizing her service. Pam provided me with a “No Worry, Stress Fee Service”. The food smelled as good as it taste. I would recommend the Pit Stop Barbecue for all types of events.
  • Andie P. Feb 18, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The Pit Stop BBQ Team was wonderful! They served my crowd of 160 people in half an hour! The timing worked perfect, food, drinks and everything else was ready for our half hour lunch break. And what it's also important to notice is that they didn't interrupt the speakers while setting up. We'll definitely consider them again!
  • Vanessa Z. Feb 3, 2014
    Food Truck or Cart Services
    Verified Review
    We requested a cook out for our employees to start off the super bowl weekend. The Pit Stop offered us just that football food, our employees were very pleased with the tasty food and service provided.
  • D'On S. Jan 16, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    she has been very easy to work with. Returning phone calls and emails in a timely manner. & tailoring the menu to fit our budget
  • Jeff A. Dec 28, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Pam catered a buffet family dinner for 40 people for us on Xmas day. We hired her with only two weeks warning. She promised a moist tasty turkey and delicious salmon and she delivered. All the food was delicious. The cranberry sauce was excellent. She was unobtrusive, on time and very helpful. We'd definitely hire her again.
  • Michael A. Dec 16, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Great food.Great service.Great price.Pam and her crew did a great job.I recommend them to those that are looking for a catering service.I will use them again if needed in the future.They provide catering for our wedding reception and everyone was pleased.
  • Susan B. Nov 10, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Pam did an excellent job of catering a family birthday party for 30. She was patient and knowledgeable as we made up our minds on just what we wanted. She arrived right on schedule and set everything up for us. The food was wonderful and more than met our expectations. Several of the guests asked for her number as well. We would definitely use Pam's services again!
  • Tiffany D. Oct 9, 2013
    Where to even start? I found Pam online after a caterer crisis happened for my wedding. She is the best thing that happened to me with my wedding!! You will get the best food and best service, which is hard to find! From the first email till the day of the wedding Pam was there to answer any questions and to make my day wonderful. She returns calls and emails right away and is always helping with suggestions to fit your budget or style. Even on the day of the wedding she helped us with little details we didn’t think of to make our day run smoothly! Her food is to die for!!! We had a trial sample before the wedding and were counting down till when we got to have it for the wedding. My wedding was on August 17th, 2013 and I still have people talking about how wonderful the food was! She makes everything fresh that day! We had leftovers the day after and it was still just as delicious! We had ribs, chicken, bbq beans (my favorite), pasta salad, green salad, and corn bread muffins. Everything was wonderful, plus she makes more then enough food for the number of people! I would recommend Pam and the Pit Stop for any occasion! We joke that we would hire her to just cook a dinner for two for us when we are lazy! Knowing Pam, she would!
  • Sheryl S. Sep 30, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Pam and the Pit Stop were on time and on target all day long. Thanks Guys!
  • Tamara W. Sep 27, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Working with Pam and her team at Pit Stop was a fantastic experience! I'd highly reccomend her services to anyone in search of a communicative, efficient catering service with amazingly delicious offerings. I recently hired Pam for a rustic outdoor wedding - and her BBQ dinner was to die for! Additionally, Pam is terrific with follow up, and never once let anything fall through the cracks. I will definitely rehire Pit Stop BBQ at my next opportunity.
  • Terrie J. Sep 16, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I Had a Luau birthday party for my 10 year old triplets. I hired the Pit Stop BBQ to prepare a Hawaiian feast. Pam prepared Huli Huli chicken, Asian noodles and a fruit platter for this event for 37 guest. I also had 5 vegetarians she was able to accommodateby preparing a vegetarian meal. Everyone loved the food. Although I wasn't able to use her full services, (the food was dropped off by my request) she was on time, friendly and professional. I am having a Halloween party this year and I will be using her again. The Pit Stop BBQ is a full catering service and I would highly recommend them.
  • Lorna C. Aug 12, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The Pit Stop BBQ is a reasonably priced great BBQ catering service for Southern California. We had them cater our Saturday party for 60 adults plus a few kids. The owner/operator, Pam Gram, is very friendly and goes out of her way to keep you in the loop of how plans are progressing. She presented us with several menus and options and let us pick what appealed to us. The entrée choices included tri-tip, brisket and chicken or any combination thereof. They have a variety of salads, veggies, etc. Their BBQ truck sets up anywhere they can drive to and they serve buffet style from their tables. The catering for our event included a whole raft of appetizers (delicious), salad, chicken and brisket, baked beans (excellent), green salad, grilled veggies and rolls . Pam is honest and very nice and goes out of her way to accommodate you and provide a real outstanding event. Her whole staff is great. The chicken and brisket BBQ entrees were excellent and we received many compliments from our guests on the whole experience. Their prices are very reasonable and I'm happy to recommend Pam and The Pit Stop BBQ to all.
  • Katherine E. Jul 23, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    From the quote process all the way through to catering our company picnic, Pam with The Pit Stop BBQ was outstanding. She was excellent in answering all of our questions, arrived on time, cooked AMAZING BBQ, and served all of our guests with a smile on her face. We couldn't have been more pleased with The Pit Stop BBQ and we will definitely be using their services again. I couldn't say enough positive things about their catering services and the food they cooked. The pig candy was my favorite and the ribs were cooked to perfection. Don't hesitate - they're awesome!
  • Bonnie C. Jul 10, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Hmmm where to begin?.... PAM IS AMAZING AND SO IS HER FOOD! We hired Pam to cater our June 28th 2013 wedding reception. She was so easy to work with and so accommodating to our wants and needs. Out of everyone I interacted with in planning the wedding and reception she was my most favorite! Everyone LOVED her food and she really helped out at reducing the stress of a wedding because she was just so easy to work with and get along with. I would most definitely recommend her and I don't usually take the time to do reviews but I knew I needed to give her my full support! Thanks again Pam for everything!
  • Karin I. Jun 4, 2013
    food was on time and awesome!!! Everybody loved it. made this event so easy for me to plan. thanks Pam and crew.
  • Lisa C. May 31, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Lindya G. Apr 13, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Pam was so very helpful assisting me to try to locate a wedding venue. I was excited by her menu and it's reasonable pricing. Even though I was unable to find a venue large enough for our party that would accept an outside caterer, I am grateful for her unconditional assistance. I will definitely seek Pam out for another opportunity :)
  • Teddi H. Mar 26, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I talked to Pam about the possibility of Pit Stop hosting my event. After we talked, it was clear that their services did not fit my needs. But if they did I would have hired them. Pam was awesome trying to offer me other suggestions that might help me. She was kind the thoughtful. From what I was told about Pit Stops services I found that they have a unique nitch that would be a great asset to functions.
  • Tl S. Mar 25, 2013
    We have used The Pit Stop BBQ for several occasions. The entire crew comes dressed professionally and ready to work. The food has always been delicious, hot just as it was ordered, we have received complements also from our guests.

Q&A

What types of customers have you worked with?
Birthday Parties Weddings Graduation Parties Holiday Parties Family Reunions Themed Parties Superbowl Parties Block Parties Retirement Parties Wakes Corporate Customer Appreciation Events Corporate Employee Safety Reward Parties Corporate Employee Appreciation Parties Corporate Holiday Parties Corporate General Membership Meetings Corporate VIP Parties Corporate Employee Retirement Parties Grand Openings Chamber Mixers Car Shows Fundraisers On-site cooking Drop-off deliveries Staffed Buffet Service Private chef services
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't settle for a caterer that only offers you a prefixed menu and pricing. You and your guests are special and deserve a catering company that will help you achieve your vision for your event. That includes the menu you want within your budget. Also make sure that the caterer is a Certified Professional Food Manager so you can rest assured that the food you are getting has been properly handled and stored. Finally, don't be afraid to ask how foods are prepared. Beware of companies that use pre-made and frozen products rather than fresh, cooked-to-order ingredients for your event. It will make a huge difference that you and your guests will be able to taste.