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Gridley's
1428 Old Square Rd.
Jackson, Ms.
1-601-362-8600

Meat  3
Sides  4
Sauce  3
Service  3
Atmosphere  3.5

Overall  3.5

Reviewer's Comments:    Gridley's, in Jackson, started out, some 10 years or so ago, as being a franchised unit of the famous Gridlely's, on Summer Ave., in Memphis (that place has been there for at least 4 decades).  It is owned and operated by former Ole Miss Rebel and San Francisco 49er running back Doug Cunningham, but  no longer has any ties to the Memphis operation.    It is a little unique in as much as you can enter through the front door for the full service part, and it is like a sit down restaurant, or throught the side door and it becomes a self serve/take out joint.  Both sides are nice and look and smell like a Bar-Q-Que place.  Ribs, pork, beef,  and chicken are offered.  I have only had the pork and ribs. The ribs are sauced, but you can order them dry.  I have had both several times and it is hard to choose between the two.  The ribs have been very good and not so good. I think that sometimes they have been reheated and were a little on the dry side.  The pork has always been good.  The side dishes are very good, with your best bet being the beans and cole slaw.  Overall (for Jackson standards) it's not a bad BB-Q place.   They also offer something that is different-------Bar-B-Que shrimp.  I don't think of it as real bar-b-que, but it has been cooked in the pit and has a butter, spice sauce on it.  It is served in the shell and can be a little on the messy side to eat, but well worth the mess.

Reviewed By:  Wendell Smith ( wdmdsmith@worldnet.attt.net ) on Jan 3, 1998.

Bubba's Bar-B-Que
1635 Terry Road
Jackson, Ms.
1-601-355-9080

Meat  3
Sides  3
Sauce  3
Service  2
Atmosphere  3.5

Overall  3

Reviewer's Comments:    Now in it's third location in 5 years, Bubba's has found a place large enough to take care of the rather large lunch business.  The place is a almost  self serve.  You order at a counter, get your own drink from the glass or cup that they give you and  find a seat.  They will bring you your food to you, and the service is prompt,  You can get a fast meal and it want take the whole lunch hour.  They serve pork, beef, ribs, sausage, and chicken.  The ribs, while being a spare rib, are a little on the large side and a better rib could be chosen for cooken, but hey, it's not my joint and people still buy a lot of them.  The ribs are dry and you can choose from 3 sauces.   The pork sandwiches are good, but in my way of thinking have a little too much sauce on them. (I like meat and not a lot of sauce.)  Side dishes are about average.  I have not tried the beef or chicken.  I have had a taste of sausage and it was good, but I would not want a whole meal of just sausage.

Reviewed By:  Wendell Smith ( wdmdsmith@worldnet.att.net ) on Jan. 3, 1998.

Egremont Barbque
4002 Hwy 61 South
Vicksburg, MS
601-636-1923

Meat  3.5
Sides  4
Sauce  3.5
Service  4.5
Atmosphere  2.5

Overall  3.5

Reviewer's Comments:  Egremont Barbque is located in the Dollar General shopping center on the East side of Hwy 61 South just a couple miles South of I-20.  This is a pure take-out business with no dine-in available. They mainly advertise ribs and chicken but you can get a pulled beef plate if you ask.  Prices are moderate. I've tried the pulled beef plate several times.  The sauce is good with a base taste hinting at prepared Kraft sauce. The beans are excellent and the potatoe salad is good.  The Q here is better, if not the best, to be found in Vicksburg.

Reviewed By:  Rodney Leist ( leistr@mailexcite.com ) on 13 Feb 1998.

Goldie's Trail Bar-B-Q
4127 Washington Street
Vicksburg, MS
601-636-9839

Meat  2.5
Sides  2.5
Sauce  2
Service  3
Atmosphere  3

Overall  2.5

Reviewer's Comments:  Goldie's had the reputation of being almost the only barbque restaurant in Vicksburg for years. It's located just a couple blocks off I-20 on the east side of Washington street.
The meat (beef, pork, and sausage) is ok but has almost no smoked flavor. The sliced pork and sausage usually have more flavor than the beef. The sides are also a little on the bland side as is the table sauce compared to most barbque places. The toasted bread and ice tea are very good. 
The service is usually quick and friendly and the atmosphere is good.  Even though a few more barbque places are available in the area now, I still eat here occasionally for old times sake. Price range for plates is about average.Limited parking and a fairly large lunch crowd is standard.

Reviewed By:  Rodney Leist ( leistr@mailexcite.com ) on 13 Feb 1998.

Frisco Deli
Phillips Lane
Pearl, MS
601-932-6301

Meat  4.5
Sides  4
Sauce  3.5
Service  4.5
Atmosphere  2.5

Overall  4.5

Reviewer's Comments:  Don't let the name fool you.  Frisco Deli dishes out some fine ribs.  The deli is located about a block north of Interstate 20 in Pearl, in the East Metro area of Jackson. Take exit 48 (Pearson Road) off I-20 and head north about a block then turn right onto Phillips Lane at the Conoco station.  Frisco's is right behind the Conoco. This IS more of a deli than a barbeque joint since the only real Q they serve is a rib plate or barbeque sandwhich. That's the reason for the low atmosphere rating. The ribs are hickory smoked for 4 1/2 hours and the pitmaster knows how to cook. The ribs are very tender and served with a sauce applied. The traditional Q sides of beans, potato salad or slaw are all great also.  You order and pick up your tray from friendly counter help and find a seat.  Bottles of sauce are available for the table. Rib plates are $6.99 (half slab, rolls,2 sides).  Individual slabs are $9.99 and barbeque sandwhiches are $2.95. Hours are 9:00 to 9:00 Mon - Sat. If your in the area, it's well worth the trip.

Reviewed By:  Rodney Leist ( leistr@mailexcite.com ) on 28 Feb 1998.

Leitha's
a little dirt road with no name
Foxworth, MS

Meat: 5
Sides: 4.5
Sauce: 4.5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5

Overall: 4.5

Reviewer's comments: You can't get any more off the beaten path than Leitha's (it might Leita's, I'm not sure about the spelling). Foxworth is a suburb of Columbia (on the Louisiana border about thirty miles north of Bogalusa) and Columbia is only 2000-3000 people.

The only way to find Leitha's is to go to Foxworth and ask directions. (If you know where Pauline's grocery used to be, it's about 100 yards due west of there on a little dirt road). It's worth the effort. The place has fantastic ribs, as good as I've ever had, heavily heavily smoked, and a real good sauce. The whole family pitches in to run the place and the family matriarch makes a big show out of serving you. It's a big shack that looks just like a barbecue joint should.

The book Real Barbecue gave rave ratings to Goldie's in Vicksburg, and ignored this place. What a joke. Leitha's is definitely the best in Mississippi.

Reviewed by: Doug Herbert (dherbert@ix.netcom.com) 12/2/98

Big D's Bar-B-Q
Hwy. 49
Pocahontas, MS

Meat: 4.5
Sauce: 4
Sides: 4
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 5

Overall: 4.5

Reviewer's Comments: This is what BBQ is all about. Big D's is literally a shack just off of Highway 49 in the almost non-existent town of Pocahontas, Mississippi (20 mins northwest of Jackson). I assume it's mainly a take-out joint, but there are picnic tables under a shelter outside for dining on-premise. It's a log-burner, as the stacks and stacks of wood out back attest. The inside walls of the order/waiting area are covered with Polaroids of past customers -- state patrolmen, Jerry Clower, Gary Collins & Mary-Ann Mobely to name a few. The service wasn't the greatest on the day I was there, but they were friendly enough. The chopped pork is swimming in tasty BBQ sauce and served on a cheap white bun. I had corn-on-the-cob for a side, a Coke and homemade pecan pie for dessert. The whole meal cost somewhere around 4 bucks. It was excellent. Had I not been in a hurry to make it to New Orleans by the afternoon, I'd have gone back for seconds.

Reviewed By: Pat Yourell (pyourell@execpc.com ) on  5/19/98

Sam's Town Corky's
Casino Strip
Robinsonville, MS

Meat: 1.5
Sauce: 2
Sides: 2
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3

Overall: 2

Reviewer's Comments:  Some of you might recognize the address but for the others, it is CASINO-WORLD. They opened riverboat gambling some time back and made this very poor county in Miss. very, very rich. SAM's TOWN, on the Casino Strip in Robinsonville, has BBQ catered from Corky's out of Memphis. According to the publicity, it was voted # 1 BBQ in town. But by who is the question. I got a pull pork sandwich with trimmings. The pork was OK but not too great. Somewhat mushy but it did have good smokiness in the first bite. I think the extra time in the holding facility made it deteriorate past it's prime. The trimmings consisted of coleslaw and French Fries. I could have ordered pinto beans or baked beans instead but they cost extra. The coleslaw was also very average, just a maynonnise based sauce on shredded cabbage. I would rate this one 2 out of 5 also. I would rate it higher but I lost $100 on blackjack that night. Since they had a BBQ buffet I didn't know about when I ordered, I will be back to try the ribs. I just got to get my money back first.

Reviewed By: Ken Haycook (khaycook@airmail.net) on 2/22/99

The Hickory Pit
Canton Mart at Old Canton Rd.
Jackson, MS

Meat: 5
Sauce: 4.5
Sides: 5
Service: 3.5
Atmosphere: 3

Overall: 4.5

Reviewer's Comments: I don't even know if the Hickory Pit is still there (we moved West 8 years ago), but it is still the standard for judging dry smoked pork and the best beans I've ever eaten. The folks here in Utah are weird about BBQ. They mainly try to use beef and continue to do so although I've informed them that it ruins a good cow and insults the pig. It's wearing my smoker out but I now have a large contingent of followers swearing by Memphis dry rub (ala The Rendevous).

Reviwed By: Mike Medley ( mmedley@br.state.ut.us ) on March 25, 1999.

Name: Big Buck's BBQ Smokehouse
Address: 2900 Clay Street
City: Vicksburg
State: MS
Phone:
Meat: 4
Sauce: 4
Sides: 3
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 3
Overall: 4
Date: 19 October 2001
User: Rodney Leist
Email: leistr@excite.com
Date: 10/19/2001
Time: 12:42:41 PM

Comments

Just a couple blocks off of I20, this is a pretty good Q joint. The meats are smoked Texas style. Brisket and sausage is good. Beans aren't pintos but taste good as does the potato salad. Prices are moderate but portions are good. Recommended.

Name: Ole Hickory Smokehouse Bbq.
Address: 2495 Flowood Dr # B
City: Jackson
State: MS
Phone: (601) 932-8911
Meat: 5
Sauce: 5
Sides: 4
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3.5
Overall: 4.5
Date: 12/16/02
User: David Martin
Email: oldradios4fun@bellsouth.net
Date: 12/17/2002
Time: 1:32:10 AM

Comments

OH, MY GOSH! I've been in ALL the states that claim to have the best BBQ, even lived in Memphis for a while, but I've got to say this place has the BEST BBQ Ribs, Beef and Pork I've ever put in my mouth. The second time I went there, I made sure I wasn't hungry, so as not to be influenced by my stomach... yep, same results. Oh, it's soooo WONDERFUL!!

Their sauce is to die for, and their rub can't be beat! Whenever I'm traveling through Mississippi (I live in Georgia), I always schedule my trips so I can swing by at lunch time, ENJOY THE BEST BBQ IN THE WORLD, and buy a few gallons of their sauce plus some bottles of their rub (essentials for my own BBQ cooking at home). They will also ship the sauce or rub to your home, just use your credit card. Their cakes and pies are homemade (and simply delicious), and the rest of the side dishes will exceed your expectations.

If you like BBQ and are within a few hours drive (or states!) from Jackson, MS, I PROMISE IT'S WORTH YOUR TIME TO GO BY AND ENJOY IT!!! Get there early, or you’ll be waiting in line for a while! ENJOY!!!

Name: goldie's trail bbq
Address: 4127 washington st.
City: vicksburg
State: ms
Phone: 601-636-9839
Meat: 1
Sauce: 1.5
Sides: 1.5
Service: 3.5
Atmosphere: 3.5
Overall: 1
Date: 03-15-2003
User: john cox
Email: jcox8.jam.rr.com
Date: 3/16/2003
Time: 6:32:02 AM

Comments

I've dined in literally over a hundred bbq establishments spanning from new mexico to florida over the last thirty years and i'll have to conclude that the dining experience i had at goldie's trail bbq was by far the most horrible i've ever had. me and my wife ordered the combo with sausage, ribs, and beef. the sides were bbq beans and potatoe salad. let me give you a run down on each (and i'm not exagerating) the sausage was the only edible portion on the combo (it was marginally passible as bbq at best) the ribs flat out sucked...the meat had an after taste of "out-of-date" stamped all over it. i mean you could tell that after you took a bite that something wasn't right even though all the meat was plated covered with bbq sauce. the most horrible part of the combo platter was the beef. first of all the cut we got was from the point of the brisket not the flat, not only this the meat was slightly rancid...me and my wife both got sick. the beans were you're standard "bush beans meets a dash of spice variety" nothing original there. potatoe salad was good, service was good as well. proceed with caution.

 

 

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