Staff Chow Choice: Bar-B-Que Ribs, Chicken and Jerk Shack
“Taste so good make you wanna slap your momma.”
Ashley Montgomery | 4/10/2014, 9 a.m.
Eight years ago, Bar-B-Que Ribs, Chicken and Jerk Shack began under a tent in the parking lot of the famous (or some may say infamous) Club Lexx. Thanks to such high demand owner, Kenneth Ivery was influenced to take his talents to a bigger venue.
Now located adjacent to the club at 12101 N.W. 27th Avenue, Bar-B-Que Ribs, Chicken and Jerk Shack is taking on a life of its own.
Name one restaurant in a Black-owned neighborhood that serves its community 24 hours, seven days a week. Don’t worry, We’ll wait.
We had a bit of a hard time ordering the food over the phone but albeit it was well worth it. The ribs turned out to be an office favorite — sauceless or not.
“The ribs were so succulent and not dry,” Gigi Tinsley, The Miami Times Faith and Family editor said.
The menu is full of southern traditions that we all have grown up to love like pork chops, snapper, grouper, pork souse and more. It even offers a breakfast menu until 11 a.m. From beef sausage, salmon croquet to everyone’s favorite, chicken and waffles, breakfast here sounds like a sure way to start off the day.
Like the rapper, Fabolous said, “The entree ain’t as good without something on the side.” The sides at the B-B-Q shack are your traditional soul food selections. The office was won over by the potato salad, our favorite side. It’s not offered on the printed menu flyers but once we arrived to pick up the food we noticed that it was written on their chalk board of daily specials.
Other sides offered are black-eyed peas, yellow rice, collard greens, candy yams, crab rice and more.
And to put the ‘cherry on top,’ we decided to order desserts. Many of our staff members had heard so much about them that we had to see what all the hype was about.
We were not disappointed in the least.
“The key lime cake was so good,” Clayona Owens, circulation manager said. “ I didn’t want to share.”
After much deliberation, our staff of 12 chose to try the red velvet and key lime cake. “The red velvet was excellent. It was so good it melted in your mouth,” Karen Franklin, human resources manager said.
After taking a general consensus around the office, we agreed that the price was affordable and not much more than any other B-B-Q stand around the city. When going to this restaurant, expect to spend on average anywhere between $2.00 - $30.00. The most expensive item on the menu is a whole slab of ribs and the least is a “flop” — a neighborhood favorite, sweet iced tea and lemonade mixed.
Catering is also available. Heads up — owner Ivery is a stickler for having big orders being placed by phone. He says that most times “people will order but rarely they are picked up.” That will put any thriving entrepreneur on edge. After all, this BBQ is too good to go to waste.
The rib shack owner has plans of expanding his already flourishing business. He said he's expecting to have a food truck on the road by the summer.
Also, Ivery is looking to purchase the lot next to his shack in order to expand and create a dine-in restaurant for frequenters.