American Iron BBQ is a family business owned and operated by Rafa & Leuanna Valiente.  Rafa has lived in the Austin, TX area since 1984, and Leuanna is a real life native Austinite.  Rafa has worked as a commercial banker in the Austin market since 2002 to support his BBQ habit and hunting and fishing trips with his sons.  They have been residents of Cedar Park, TX since 2000, and with both boys playing football and baseball with the occasional basketball and swim team season thrown in for good measure, Leuanna has her capable hands full coordinating activities as the Chief Family Officer.

With the fantastic families and sports community in Cedar Park, they found themselves hosting friends and family for pool parties, backyard BBQ's and old fashioned neighborhood get togethers.  Rafa always enjoyed cooking and was usually the one who cooked at the deer lease or fish camp, but as the size of the gatherings grew, he started experimenting with foods that lent themselves to the larger crowds.  It was from these trials that his love for cooking BBQ was born.

Rafa started cooking on a second-hand offset pit purchased off of Craigslist, graduated to a Lyfe Tyme offset smoker, and has since moved up to the Yoder pellet smokers to deliver flavorful pecan & hickory smoked Texas style BBQ.

Rafa cooks for his clients as if he was cooking for his own family.  He and Leuanna look forward to putting together a customized menu for your next family BBQ, rehersal dinner, wedding, corporate event, or fundraiser.