Sweet Daddy’s BBQ
I’ve never hesitated to eat at a gas station–affiliated establishment, but the sign for Sweet Daddy’s BBQ (4611 Hwy 55 N, Jackson), overshadowed by the Exxon and On-The-Run logos above it, just never caught my eye even though I drive by it almost daily. It didn’t register that this gas station might have actual food in it until my boyfriend pointed out the “Let us smoke your Thanksgiving turkey!” lettering on the bottom of the sign a few weeks ago.
They really do have a smoker, and lots of smoked meats. They offer chicken (in various portions), pork ribs (ranging from 1/3 slab to a whole slab for $12.95), turkey legs, rib tips, pulled bbq sandwiches (pork or beef) and smoked sausage sandwiches. The sides I saw when I went the other day were greens, beans, mac & cheese, and something that might have been a berry cobbler.
I got a turkey leg because it made me smile to envision myself gnawing on that giant thing.
The picture doesn’t do the leg or its size any justice (I don’t have much experience photographing such large pieces of food). It was nice and smoky and otherwise delicious; unfortunately, I went for dinner at around 6 pm and the leg was a bit dry from having sat under heat lamps all day.
I also enjoyed the pulled pork bbq sandwich. It included quite a lot of meat for about $3; the meat was very saucy but the bun wasn’t soggy. The sauce was sweet—I would have preferred a little more spice, but there was enough vinegar to balance out some of the sweetness.
I loved the beans, which were sweet but also hot and quite smoky (thanks to large chunks of sausage). I didn’t really like the greens, which had an odd, almost chemical, taste.
When I went back another day around noon (this time to get gas), the entire store smelled awesomely smoky and the meats looked much fresher; by 6pm they had all been wrapped in plastic wrap, but at lunchtime they were still unwrapped. A woman behind the counter told me that they smoke their meat from about 5-9am every day, so I guess the earlier you get there, the better. The menu also lists some breakfast options that I’ll have to try someday.
NB: I think I saw another Sweet Daddy’s in Clinton, also attached to a gas station, but I can’t remember where. Is Sweet Daddy’s a chain? I couldn’t find any indication of the other location on the internet, though—doesn’t that mean it couldn’t possibly exist?