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Roadside Barbecue Found Year Round at Pick A Bone

Fall off the bone tenderness is the signature style of barbecue produced by Pick A Bone Barbecue's Pit Master Mairon Brown whose famous roadside tent operates next to another Jefferson County landmark, the Pink Elephant.

Roadside food stands are a rarity today unless you’re traveling down 141 near the Highway 21 interchange where Pick a Bone BBQ pitches it tent year round from Thursday through Sunday on the Pink Elephant’s (Gas n Stuff) parking lot.  Under the tent you’ll find a doublewide, charcoal fueled ironclad barbecue operated by pit masters Marion and Jody Brown. The specialties: full cut spareribs, thick-cut pork steaks, pulled pork and chicken. 

“Our specialty is our ribs but we have pork steaks, pulled pork and chicken. And I think we’re the only place in Jefferson County that has rib tips,” said Marion as he adjusted the coals for a batch of burgers, brats and hot dogs.

While I checked out the menu a regular in line remarked how you can throw a dart at that menu and always hit something good.

“When customers ask what’s good we’re always happy to give a sample, except for the chicken because those are a half chickens and hard to sample out,” said Jody.

Pick a Bone menu strategy is simple, offering smoked meats, dinner plates and sandwiches.  Ribs are sold by the half or full 12-14 bone slab. Smoked chickens are sold in halves and pork steaks are cut 1 1/2-inches thick. The Brown's award winning White Chili, a seasonal offering, is now available sized as an entrée or a side.

Dinner plates include two sides; choice of potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, corn or white chili. Look for the cucumber salad, another seasonal side Pick A Bone makes when cucumbers are plentiful on the market. If prechance you want more than two sides - order up, sides are bare bone priced at $1.20 each.

Everything is wrapped to go. Dining-in translates to cozying down at the nearby picnic table. Prices are fair, ranging from $16.70 for a full rib slab to $4.50 for the pulled pork sandwich. Best buy: The full slab dinner with four sides for $19.70 and the dollar hot dog.

scott October 06, 2011 at 03:16 AM
the ribs are omg yummy!
Andrea Phillips Bollinger March 22, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The best BBQ in the area hands down!!!
Sherita B. March 23, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I want some more..........
lana c August 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Omg the ribs fell right off the bone. The ribs were delicious, full of flavor, and soooo tender. The cucumber salad was extraordinary, even had to drink the juice! Customer service was outstanding.
Rose Ganz September 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Do you cater We are having a POW Lunchoen Sept 23,2012, We will be feeding 100 people. we wanted to serve chicken, potatoe salad and beans
Lana Crask May 23, 2013 at 04:31 PM
It was awesome, the meat fell right off the ribs. The cucumber salad is fantastic, in fact everything is delicious. Can't wait to go back. If you think pappy's bbq in st. louis is good......wait till you try this.

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