In the Gateway to the Sandhills in Broken Bow, NE lives a one-of-a-kind cowboy, Greg Dobesh. Raised on a 7000 acre ranch, Greg was educated in a one room school house. Memories of baking potatoes on the heat stove and eating delicious home-cooked, “stick to your ribs” meals after branding influenced this man’s palate for simple yet mouth-watering creations.
In a geographical location where cattle out-number people 10 to one and growing up 25 miles from town fostered imagination and creativity in operating the ranch as well as the ranch’s kitchen. Since those days, Greg restored and converted an authentic 1860s blacksmith wagon into his chuckwagon and built a portable smoker and rotisserie to prepare brisket, Navajo fry bread, and ranch beans in a traditional style honoring cowboys who traveled the prairie years ago. Greg’s right-hand man, Mark Phillips, also helps with the Dutch oven cooking. Many of the fresh ingredients, chilies and jalapeños come from Greg's garden to enhance his culinary creations.
A spicy character who is friendly to anyone willing to stop for a good story, Greg lives the great American dream to be a cowboy. Just the other day he was bucked off his horse, but headed to Oklahoma for a chuckwagon contest the next day. Greg may not have a restaurant or a fancy title, but he’s a real person with a plate-list for the cowboy in us all.