Meet Team Bad Axe

Bad Axe BBQ started in 1995 as a few guys playing around with turkey deep fryers and a homemade spit. Over the years, we tried various types of smokers and fryers. One day while rolling smoke one of my sons broke an axe handle while splitting some wood for the smoker. He held it up and said “dad I think we got us a bad axe” since that day we called ourselves Bad Axe BBQ.


That was quite a few years ago, today we operate out of 9 smoker units, a mobile kitchen and several large trucks. We pride ourselves on offering not only awesome bbq but traditional menus for all kinds of events. We offer great customer service and go out of our way to make our customers happy.


We do catering events, vending events and competition barbecue. We have been to the world championship of bbq in Memphis 3 times as members of the Too Sauced To Pork BBQ Team.

Andy Davis- Owner/Pitmaster

Born and raised in Irondale, Ohio, Andy graduated from Stanton High School, Attended the Ohio Fire Academy and recently retired as a firefighter with 40 years of service. Andy's teams have won multiple cooking and barbecue competitions. His favorite thing is to roll smoke.

Brian Ruther- Executive Chef

Brian began his profession at age 16 by starting as a dishwasher in a local fine dining restaurant. With training and practice, he worked his way up through the ranks. Over the years he gained invaluable experience and became a sous chef and later an executive chef. He has worked in many different facets of cooking as well as many different types of events; ranging in size from wedding proposals to corporate events. He prides himself in made from scratch full flavor dishes. Brian is always happy to share his knowledge of cooking with others.

Tom Indorf- The Sauce Boss

Some people think Tom is a mad scientist, but the truth is he just has a knack for making awesome barbecue sauces. He is the mastermind behind all of our sauces including the award-winning Bad Axe Sweet sauce, our Apple flavored barbecue sauce, and our HOT BBQ & Mustard sauces

A veteran of the US Marine Corp, Tom makes all the sauce at Bad Axe Axe BBQ, he has also been known to roll some smoke occasionally too.

Heath Martin- Chef
Heath is 34 and a 2003 graduate of Pennsylvania Culinary. He has spent many years as a banquet chef and sous chef. Five of those years was spent as a touring chef cooking and travelling with many national touring acts to include Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, Reba, Martina McBride, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra to name a few. In his free time, Heath enjoys hunting, backpacking, and spending time with family and friends.

Natalie Utt- Catering Assistant

Natalie is currently a student at Youngstown State University pursuing a degree/career as a Dental Hygenist. She graduated from Southern Local High School and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, fishing and sitting around a campfire.

Steve Hall- Pitmaster

Steve is an elementary school teacher who enjoys rolling smoke.  He joined the Bad Axe Team after competing in the 2017 East Liverpool Ceramic Jazz and BBQ Festival. Steve loves to smoke/grill/deep fry all types of foods.  In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family/friends, cooking, camping, and hunting.

Jacob Davis- Pitmaster

Graduated from Southern Local High School, and Pittsburgh Technical College. Currently living in Nashville, Tn. Jacob was instrumental in the startup of Bad Axe Bbq and travels home often to roll smoke with us.

Garrett Coil- Assistant Pitmaster

Garrett is a graduate of Southern Local High School and the Ohio Fire Academy. He is currently serving as a member of the US Navy stationed in Newport News, Va. He has been with Bad Axe BBQ for 4 years, in his free time he enjoys hunting, shooting guns and hanging out with friends.