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Taste Buds: Jeanne's Bourbon Street BBQ

‘Big Pig Rig’ becomes instant fave for Buds

June 29, 2012


That's the best single word the Buds can come up with to describe one of the newest rolling barbecue joints this side of town.

Yup, we said rolling.

Jeanne's Bourbon Street BBQ's most distinctive feature may very well be the massive, 50-foot red trailer dubbed "The Big Pig Rig." The trailer contains a custom designed commercial grade kitchen, a wood pellet fired cooker that can prepare hundreds of pounds of meat simultaneously, and the capability to serve groups of customers from 50 up through more than 800 per hour in an emergency response scenario.

Ken and Jeanne Rose of Martins Ferry, owners of the new eatery, debuted their business this April at the Kentucky Derby where, according to Ken, they fed several "thousand of their closest friends." They debuted locally a month later and have been wowing their customers ever since.

Because the restaurant is on wheels, Jeanne's Bourbon Street BBQ does not have a permanent location. But luckily for us, Ken and Jeanne said that they plan on doing at least one major event in the area each month. This month, we caught them at Heritage Port at the "Bikes, Brews & Bar-B-Que" event.

Not only is the "Rig" impressive, the food they offer is quite amazing in its own right. The menu was pretty extensive and offered festival goers choices of rib samplers, including full and half racks, rib tips, half or whole grilled chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket and a "Big Mike" which for 12 bucks featured pulled pork, beef brisket and cole slaw served on an open face bun. In addition, you could choose cole slaw, BBQ beans, sweet tea or lemonade on the side. And as if that isn't enough, Jeanne's Bourbon Street BBQ also had for sale their special recipe sauces, rubs and pickles. Sounds mouth-watering!

Bud Em decided to try the pulled pork sandwich with slaw. The succulent pork was topped with a sweet onion barbecue sauce and served open-face on a bun with a generous mound of cole slaw. The pork was out of this world! It had the right combination of sweet and spice, and the sweetness of the cole slaw added an extra zing. This meal, which was so big you had to eat it with a fork, rang in at a very reasonable 6 bucks.

Bud Shaunna opted for the beef brisket sandwich with slaw and a side of the BBQ beans. A smokey sweet and spicy barbecue sauce added just the right amount of smokey flavor to the tender meat. It was phenomenal! The cole slaw also met Bud Shaunna's approval, as it was crisp with just the right amount of liquid. The beans offered a surprise ingredient - pineapple chunks! They provided interesting bursts of flavor to regular baked beans. Her meal, ringing in at 11 bucks, was extremely filling.

In May, Bud Shaunna was lucky enough to get her first taste of barbecue at "The Big Pig Rig." Jeanne's was cooking up delicious pulled chicken sandwiches for participants of the annual Ogden Classic 20K and 5K races. As with the brisket and the pork, the chicken was flavored with Jeanne's own barbecue sauce, and offered enough smokey flavor without being overpowering. A few years ago, Bud Shaunna had the opportunity to sample real southern pulled pork while in Memphis, Tenn., and she can honestly say that what Jeanne's Bourbon Street BBQ is cooking up tastes even better!

If your mouth is watering to try out some of Jeanne's Bourbon Street BBQ, you're in luck! Next month, "The Big Pig Rig" will park itself at Valley View Campgrounds the week of Jamboree in the Hills. Ken then teased the Buds by saying they were planning something for Jamboree that they've never done before - a pig roast! The pig roasts are planned both Friday and Saturday nights at Jamboree, and he promised that you don't want to miss out.

This is the right time of year for sinking your teeth into some delicious grilled meats, and Jeanne's Bourbon Street Barbecue is lip-licking good! You can bet that the Buds would happily follow this "Rig" all over town.

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