- 500 U.S. 51, Ridgeland, MS, 39157
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- Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Locally owned and operated, Pigskin BBQ on Hwy 51 in Trace Station shopping center is an area barbecue and plate lunch favorite. The owners are avid SEC football fans and can rapidly name teams, coaches, players and more for a fun conversation or some friendly rivalry smack talk. They pump out some delicious barbecue as well as some tasty thin and crispy Mississippi farmed catfish.
The food: Appetizer treats of onion rings, chicken wings or corn nuggets are great starters, yet I have to say the BBQ nachos are our new favorite. Choose between pork and chicken, and sit back and feast on the in-house smoked flavors of the real barbecue southern folks expect. They have three sauces of sweet, regular or hot, so pick your favorite and dig in ($4.99-$10.75).
Lots of folks drop in daily for the comfort of a plate lunch that features several meat specials, plenty of veggies, bread, dessert and a drink for $8.33. You can also pick a four veggie plate for $6.78 with a drink yet you might as well go all the way so you can have their delicious desserts included. As a banana pudding lover I have to say their fresh made daily ‘nana puddin’ is yummy good. They have a kid’s priced buffet plate and on Sundays they kick it up a notch with an all inclusive buffet for $10.99.
We have eaten barbecue all around the south and were happy to find their pulled pork and pulled smoked chicken salads. They also have a nice side salad and a crispy chicken tender salad all for $8.99. The sandwich menu includes pulled pork, chopped beef brisket, smoked chicken or a giant slaw dog. The combos include two sides, or just grab a sandwich and enjoy the carefully prepared smoked meats ($4.99-$8.25).
On our first visit we chose a pulled pork salad and a chopped brisket sandwich and were pleased at the smoky flavor and enjoyed taste testing their sauces. The plates include a choice of meat, two sides and Texas toast. The plates include pulled pork, sliced beef brisket, sausage, or smoked chicken breasts. We tried the two chicken breasts that were moist and flavorful. Ribs can be had with plates of 4, ½ slab, ribs for two of a whole slab, or any combo plate with a choice of two meats. ($8.99-$22.99).
Ribs are a personal favorite of ours and we tend to be dry-rubbed rib lovers, so the nice meaty ribs were just right for us. They were perfectly prepared and mixing the sauces for dipping is better than the sloppy, tasteless ribs found in some places.
After having feasted on a bit of everything now we definitely have found a new spot for dining in or take out. And while finding fried fish in a barbecue joint in Mississippi isn’t unique, during lunch we enjoyed a few of the thin and crispy filets and they are worthy of a catfish meal anytime.
If you are in a rush, grab some of their bulk meats, veggies and head on out to the Rez, a tailgating party or they will be happy to cater the whole experience for you.
The drink: The regular watering hole station is available with a variety of soft drinks and iced tea to quench your thirst. They also serve up some nice cold mugs of domestic and import beer to wash down your favorite meal with.
The scene: Once you enter the doors you will see plenty of seating of booths and tables. You will be greeted by the friendly staff and they will take your order and deliver it to your table in a timely fashion.
The décor, as the Pigskin name suggests, is football and sports memorabilia. The wooden picnic table style seating has you feeling you are tailgating or at a family picnic in a nice relaxing atmosphere.
The sauces are conveniently placed on each table so you can pick your favorite or try them all by making up your own concoction of saucy dipping sauce. There are flat screen televisions throughout but none of them are too loud so as to not interfere with your dining experience. However during some tense game day meals I wouldn’t be surprised to see some friendly fan fun happening.
The bottom line: Ridgeland’s Pigskin is definitely doing it right with some deliciously prepared meats and vegetables. They are in it to win it and were also a Metromix Best Of 2011 nominee for Best Barbecue. They aim to please, will cater if you need a party or tailgate meal, or just come in and relax with the good eats and friendly staff, as they say they are the “Heisman of barbecue” and I tend to agree they are doing it just right.