It was in Las Vegas where Schroeder met the Erb brothers … Bill and Jeff … Bay Area natives. They were so impressed with his barbeque and the business opportunity, that they began planning a California Back Forty. After training extensively with Schroeder they founded the original California BACK FORTY in Pleasant Hill in December 1978. In 1985 Jeff bought his brother’s interest and set out to refine the menu and catering facilities.

A consistent award-winner, and one of the nation’s Top-24 Barbeque Teams, BACK FORTY has been invited to Reno every year since 1991 to compete in the National Rib Cook-Off. Routinely voted the #1 Barbeque in California, BACK FORTY set a precedent in the national contest, being Voted #1 Four Times In A Row!

Twice in a row, separate panels of impartial judges voted BACK FORTY’s BBQ Sauce #1 IN THE NATION. In consecutive years, the 400,000 attendees sampling Barbeque Ribs from all over the nation twice voted Back Forty THE BEST.

Owners, Steve and Cheriece Troike, have extensive backgrounds in the restaurant industry. A past working relationship with Back Forty president, Jeff Erb, led the Roseville residents to a business opportunity and the lifetime dream of finally owning their own restaurant.

After training at the Pleasant Hill location, they personally and painstakingly renovated and decorated their Roseville BACK FORTY location prior to the Grand Opening on July 10, 1995.

Welcome! Steve & Cheriece Troike.

Visit a BACK FORTY soon, and enjoy the made-from-scratch recipes of Grandma Schroeder!

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