When most people talk of the Brunolli name in Madera, they think of two things — farming and football. Now they can add barbecue to that list.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, Jamie Brunolli, along with friends Scott Sibley and Armando Candelaria, opened Players Smoked BBQ at 1816 Howard Road #5. Since then, the place has been packed with people looking for smoked tri-tip, pork ribs, pulled pork and chicken.
“It’s been crazy,” Brunolli said. “We get smashed at lunchtime and sell out at night. If you don’t come early, we sell out. There’s only so much we can put on the smoker.”
The barbecue dream for Brunolli began about four years ago when he and Candelaria were talking about changing careers...