Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint - Ocean Springs, Mississippi


* Update: Fire destroyed much of the Shed Feb. 12, 2012. The front room remains intact as does the spirits of owner Brad Orrison who vows to rebuild. He needs 2 x 4s and any other funky stuff from dumpsters that capture the essence of the old place. For story and updates, visit the Sun Herald of Biloxi/Gulfport andhttp://www.sunherald.com/2012/02/12/3747617/fire-destroys-original-the-shed.html

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint
7501 Hwy 57
Ocean Springs, MS 39565
228-875-9590
Open seven days
Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11:a.m. – 10 p.m.


The Shed …it’s down home Mississippi funky and the chow isn’t bad. If it’s just barbeque you seek without the experience – or fun – thrown in, you’re in the wrong place.

I hesitate to use the words eatery or restaurant to describe The Shed, though that’s what it is. It more resembles a ramshackle country junkyard.  The trash (someone’s treasure) - decorated yard, with its rough, extra long wooden tables and attached benches provide most of the seating, though indoor dining is available. At the center of this tumbledown dining area presides a dilapidated stage, where live music – Mississippi blues – plays most nights.

The Shed’s owners, the Orrison family (great marketers by the way, they've been on Regis and Kelly as well as Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), are known for
barbecued baby back ribs ($23), pulled pork, sausage, chicken and, of course, their BBQ sauce. The sauce was good but I prefer it less sweet, more savory. Sauce, however, is such a personal thing. We chose a chicken platter with two sides – cole slaw, and beans (about $9) - and a sampler with pulled pork and chicken (about $13). The meat: tender, juicy and delicious.  Baked beans: good enough to wish the serving were larger. Mac (macaroni salad) was a good choice, the cole slaw less so.  

It’s counter ordering here. We waited in line about 20 minutes but the food was delivered within seconds of sitting.  It was a semi-cool, beautiful, lazy Sunday afternoon on this visit. I can’t imagine eating outside in the throes of summer in the heat with bugs that must gather at the nearby river, but that’s all part of the experience – a worthwhile one at that. © Jane Feehan. All rights reserved.

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