Wally had been trying to get to Boss Hog’s, a new BBQ place in Banner for a year, but it was always closed when he went by. After confirming it was open on Sundays, we decided to head that way for a leisurely Sunday lunch. Of course, we wanted to explore a bit on the way.
We did a short stint on Route 6/74/474 to get us to where we wanted to really start from. The roads from Bartonville to Glasford and eventually Banner were quiet, open, and somewhat curvy — not bad for a short ride close to home.
Inside, we were greeted by a decent-size bar and a full Sunday buffet. While the buffet looked tasty, we really wanted to check out the menu options. It was a little quiet, but we were later informed it was graduation day, so many were at those festivities.
The menu was full of wonderful BBQ goodness, including brisket, ribs, chicken, and everything else you’d expect from such a place. We also were presented with a sheet of paper containing some newer menu items, like smoked pork loin and fried okra. We debated our options for quite a while before settling on splitting a Pit Platter with three meats — ribs, brisket, and catfish curls — and sides of fried potato salad and smoked mac n cheese. It also came with two cornbread muffins.
Now, I don’t mean to brag, but Wally’s quite the pit master, so I’m a bit picky when it comes to BBQ. And, Boss Hog’s did not disappoint! The ribs came right off the bone, the brisket was smoky yet still moist, and the catfish curls were surprisingly fresh and extremely tasty without that “river taste” so many complain about with this particular fish. The fried potato salad was cubed potato that was lightly fried then tossed in a remoulade dressing, and the mac n cheese … it was cheesy, smoky goodness on big noodles that really held onto the sauce.
Boss Hog’s offers three different sauces, and of course, we had to try them all. The sweet & tangy was your typical sauce — a good option for traditionalists. The Carolina reminded Wally of his trip out East a few years ago; it had a nice BBQ flavor a hint of vinegar. The Mississippi Heat is a little warm but not too bad. Personally, I have an aversion to hot foods, and I still really enjoyed this sauce.
Like we usually do, we sat at the bar and chatted up the bartender. She had worked for the owners for quite a while and had wonderful things to say about them and working at the restaurant. The drinks were cold and never went empty. Overall, it was an excellent dining experience we look forward to repeating some day.
On the way home, we took Route 29 all the way to Detweiller Park, where we headed up the hill toward home. If you’ve never ridden in Detweiller, you should give it a try. There are two routes up, and they both offer some fun windy roads. Just watch for walkers, wildlife, and speeders. The park also is a fantastic venue for a picnic, but I share more on it in a future post.
Until next time…