We Aren’t Just Caterers Anymore! Come Visit Our Shop!
Hours: Thurs 11am-6:30pm
6479 28th st SE GR MI 49546
“Voted Grand Rapids Best BBQ” Mlive voter poll 2012
Do you have an event that you would like us to cater? Or are you just interested in finding out more about what we do? Contact Us Today and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
About Pit Stop Catering
At PIT STOP CATERING, we slow cook all of our BBQ over a combination of natural hardwood charcoal, Michigan Red Oak, and Dried Michigan Cherry Pits, an award winning combination. We make our own Rubs, Mops, and Sauces and treat each event like it was one of our competitions we enter, the only difference is YOU are the judge. We routinely hear that our BBQ is “The best I have ever had”. We look forward to making your event very special.
Our sides are all homemade and are a big part of why our meals are so well liked. Just like in the competitions we have done very well in, WE DO NOT CUT CORNERS.
Types of Events
Pit Stop also participates in events that help support other local businesses if you would like anymore information about this please contact us
We cater all different types of events Check out some past events here.
“Hi Matt,Thank you again for preparing wonderful food for our wedding on August 1st! We have received so many comments on the baked beans and the rest of the dishes and we were very happy to enjoy leftovers at our family reunion the following week ”
Abbie – Past Customer
“I love Matt and Sue Smith. Not only do they understand how to serve, they understand quality and what makes a difference. They turned the MLive Grand Rapids Hub into a heavenly blend of ribs, brisket and their famous “Green Menace Pork Wraps.” I don’t think you need to go further to find a Grand Rapids caterer.”
John Gonzalez-GR Press/Mlive
“Our family has enjoyed Pit Stop Catering on several occasions. One of our favorites was the smoked turkey that we enjoyed at Thanksgiving that the entire family raved over. My personal favorite has to be the GREEN MENACE PORK WRAPS. They were such a personal favorite that we had PSC cater our sons’ Grad Party and had them for the main course and it was a smashing hit! The baked beans are also my favorite side. I recently had the baby back ribs. Hard to find ribs that are this good in the North!”
Chad Holzgen – Loyal Repeat Customer
“I have used a lot of good caterers over the years for various events. However, without a doubt, PIT STOP CATERING is the gold standard for food and service.”
Brandon Dillon-Michigan State Senator
“Pit Stop is the best catering service in town by far. We have used them at work Fox Buick GMC for 40 people and everyone has been completely satisfied! Great value, service and quality of food ! We have had Pit Stop multiple times and will continue to use them.”
Joe Lavoie – GM-Fox Buick Motors
“Matt Smith and Pit Stop Catering are spot on when it comes to BBQ. Take it from me, these folks understand all of the technical issues in terms of flavor profiles and the proper care of meats. Lots of people tell me they can bbq, but the proof is in the taste and Matt’s BBQ has great taste and texture. Two Thumbs Up!”
BBQ Bob – “The Grillin’ Guys” 107.3 WBBL
“Thank you to Pit Stop Catering for helping with the food booth fundraiser for Conductive Learning Center. The Red and White Chili, Coney’s and Brat’s were spectacular! I heard many great compliments about the quality and taste of the food, and the popularity with the crowd will attest to that. Your attention to detail took all the pressure off, we didn’t have to worry about a thing, you had it all handled. The homemade tortilla chips were amazing and an example of the extra touches. We hope to work with you again soon and I highly recommend Pit Stop to anyone planning an upcoming event.”
Terry Stelter – Executive Director-Conductive Learning Center
“Matt Smith and Pit Stop were awesome additions to our annual Aquinas Homecoming activities. The food was amazing, the service was quick and friendly and the price point was right on. Seriously, one of the best chili dogs I have ever had. And I usually don’t get to eat because I am in charge of the whole day, but I made time for it and enjoyed every last bite!”
Brigid Avery – Director of Alumni Relations – Aquinas College
“I recently used Pit Stop Catering for a large corporate event and I was blown away! I have been in the Events business for over 10 years and I can say without hesitation Pit Stop Catering was the easiest vendor I have ever worked with! The entire experience from the first email till the grill rolled away, was fantastic. The food is phenomenal, the attention to detail spot on and customer service is unmatched in the city. If you are looking to have a flawless, fun event, where your guests talk about the food months after… Pit Stop Catering is your company!!”
Meghan Howard – Director of Communications – Treadstone Mortgage
“We hired Pit Stop Catering to do our wedding rehearsal dinner. We were thrilled with the results! The service was fantastic, as they were super easy to work with and really came through for us on the day of the event. The food was something to write home about for sure. In fact, months later, we still have family and friends talking about how great the grub was at our rehearsal dinner. We totally look forward to the day we can use their services again!”
Nick & Kim Forsman
“Pit Stop Catering came to our aid after our original caterer closed last summer, days before our wedding reception. With little time, Matt Smith (owner) succinctly presented his company (BBQ vision), making it easy for us to hire them. Our only problem was deciding what to choose from the fantastic menu. Matt guided me through the selections, suiting the menu to fit our needs/wants for the occasion. They’ve won multiple awards for their BBQ recipes, now we know why (we agree with the judges!). Matt and his wife Susan uniquely combine a passion for BBQ with great food AND service. We will follow this couple for a long time. In fact, we already have. Pit Stop Catering offered grilled hams (& turkeys) at the holidays. Our ham was succulent and delicious!”
Jill & John Rothwell
“Whenever I announce to the family that we’re getting PIT STOP CATERING ribs, I get cheers and hugs all around. The food is great, and the service impeccable. We’re loyal customers!”
Deacon Denny Williams – Multiple Repeat Customer
“What a feast! And how great to have everything delivered and ready to go – plates, utensils, napkins, the works! We loved the ribs, pulled pork, coleslaw (yummy), dessert and more than enough for 15. Matt -we’ll do this again!”
Dick and Barbara Young – Behler Young
“Pit Stop Catering provided exceptional food and great service for an August 2012 birthday party I hosted. Matt Smith met with me personally to help plan the menu and explain set up. We settled on barbecued chicken and pulled pork along with a few sides. All the food was delicious and our guests were amazed at the quality and quantity. The party was held outdoors in 90 degree heat but Pit Stop set up cooling trays for the salads and heated chafing dishes for the hot food so that everything stayed fresh and healthy. I highly recommend this wonderful catering service!”
I would like to thank Matt Smith from “Pit Stop Catering” for supplying our family with delicious food. We had Matt cater our family hayride with pulled pork wraps and his fabulous pork and beans. Our family of approximately 50 people, including children, truly enjoyed the meal and made short work of it.
The following summer my son was getting married. I couldn’t think of a better catering service to prepare the rehearsal dinner. I contacted Matt and he provided pulled pork for sandwiches and again his fabulous pork and beans. Matt is very accommodating and delivers the food hot and on time. I highly recommend “Pit Stop Catering” and am looking forward to using them on our upcoming family events.
Please try them out!
Doreen Reynolds – Repeat Customer
In May of 2012, The Fireplace & Grill Shoppe in Kalamazoo, MI began what we call “Grilling University”. We are a retail shop for Health Products & BBQ Grills wanting to develop a culture in Kalamazoo teaching anyone and everyone how to be more creative in their back yards on any type of grill they may have. We were very fortunate to have “Pit Stop Catering” as one of our presenters. Matt Smith did such an incredible job entertaining my 25 guests and prepared what remains to be the best chicken wings I have ever had. I would strongly recommend Pit Stop Catering to everyone planning a family picnic or even a large corporate event.
Thank you Matt, for setting the bar so high for my next presenters.
Mark Wrench – The Fireplace & Grill Shoppe