BBQ Joint & Catering

Amazing Southern BBQ

Clint Salapek

Kitchen manager

Clint is The Man. He runs the show at Hog Wild's commercial kitchen. A graduate of Mercyhurst's Culinary Arts program, Clint heads the Food Services program at the Warren County Career Center for the Warren County School District, helping to train future chefs.

The Story

A company for foodies, owned and operated by foodies. Wells Hog Wild BBQ was founded in Warren, Pa. in 2005 as a catering company and quickly found its way to the professional rib cookoff circuit, competing in three cookoffs every summer for several years. By the time the crew hung up their guns and called it a day in 2015, they amassed 18 national awards for their ribs, pulled pork and sweet Hog Sauce barbecue sauce over their short career. Hog Wild opened its first restaurant in Warren in 2014. They are scheduled to open a second location in Lakewood, NY in spring 2017. The company has won multiple awards for business excellence, including a citation from the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, and is known for its charitable contributions to the community, raising funds for the Cancer Society, various high school sports teams , the YMCA and nearly $100,000 for the Warren Public Library.

Shane Kellogg

Pit Boss / Catering Manager

A school teacher by trade at Southwestern, Shane can be found over the summer tending the fires of Hog Wild's smokers and creating some of the best barbecue in America as a noted award-winning pit boss. His hobbies include Captain Morgan spiced rum, watching the Pittsburgh Pirates and keeping Dean sane.

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CHRIS LAURIN

Lakewood, NY manager


'Grandpa' Dave Wargo

Logistics / Catering

Our jack-of-all-trades. 'Grandpa' Dave is Hog Wild's behind-the-scenes guy, handling prep work at our commercial kitchen, handling inventory at our restaurants, fixing things Dean and Shane break, and going onsite for catering events. He also cooks a MEAN chicken. Dave is our local celebrity, appearing on Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot." He is also a noted storyteller, sharing his wealth of local history while dressed in Colonial garb to various organizations across Warren County.

Dean Wells

Owner / Pit Boss

A former award-winning journalist with a 30-year background in the food industry, Dean handles Hog Wild's marketing, menu design, corporate and private client accounts and catering operations, while raising two teenage daughters in Warren, Pa. His hobbies include cooking, playing guitar and fire.