Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Q in Port Gibson, MS

Blues Man McKinney Williams and I are on an adventure to Port Gibson and Lorman, Mississippi. Our friend Milton Chambliss has loaded us in his car and drives just south of Port Gibson on Hwy 61, past the Chamberlain-Hunt Academy.  http://www.chamberlain-hunt.com/ Milton tells us of the recent closing of the boarding school and the interest being generated to revive this historic institution. Once south of town. we drive along deep ravines and steep hillsides covered with Kudzu to a service station, because Milton gets a call from a County official telling him his front right tire is going flat!  And how does she know that?  She is in the truck right behind us.  We pull over and this happens – fixed it right on the spot.  These County inmates are using a portable air pump.  Nice to know someone is looking out for us  🙂

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Now, I’m standng in a parking lot wondering where the BBQ Joint is located and Milton says “It’s right over here” and we walk to a building next to the gas station, both on the east side of the highway:  Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Q.  What a thrill to discover a place new to my mind, but with a history and reputation 15 years in the making.

View headed north on Hwy 61 at the Sprint Mart and Billy Bob's Bar-B-Q, just south of Port Gibson, MS.

View headed north on Hwy 61 at the Sprint Mart and Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Q, just south of Port Gibson, MS.

Billy Bob's Bar-B-Q sign on Hwy 61 South of Port Gibson, MS

Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Q sign on Hwy 61 South of Port Gibson, MS  

Billy Bob's Bar-B-Q storefront

We walk inside and immediately meet Mr. John “Billy” Jackson and his wife, Mrs. Henrietta Jackson and her nephew, Mr. Justin Rankin, who are working the counter today.

Henrietta and John "Billy" Jackson, Owners of  Billy Bob's Bar-B-Q  Port Gibson, MS

Henrietta and John “Billy” Jackson, Owners of
Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Q
Port Gibson, MS

Henrietta Jackson and her nephew, Justin Rankin.

Henrietta Jackson and her nephew, Justin Rankin.

I introduce myself and briefly describe the Mississippi BBQ Trail campaign and before I know it, Mr. Jackson has a sample of BBQ Ribs headed out of the kitchen – Wow!  These look impressive, cooked with care and I begin to inquire about methods.

Mississippi BBQ Trail founder Jim Hatten samples a sweet surprise!

Mississippi BBQ Trail founder Jim Hatten samples a sweet surprise!

BBQ Ribs smoked to give a great color and flavor.

BBQ Ribs smoked to give a great color and flavor.

Mr. Jackson begins to respond to our questions and soon is showing us his “Southern Pride” electric smoker, the cherry wood he uses to add flavor and color, and even the exclusive dry rub available only to Southern Pride customers.  Yes, these are Dry Ribs; sauce is a condiment at Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Q.  Mr. Jackson says he let’s the customers put on the sauce, he never puts sauce on anything he cooks.  I can testify, these BBQ Ribs rival the best I have tasted anywhere:  tender and with a smokey flavor only cherry can give.  Mr. Jackson thinks hickory is too strong a flavor for smoking pork.

Mr. John "Billy" Jackson uses an electric "Southern Pride" smoker to achieve consistent results for BBQ Ribs and Boston Butts.

Mr. John “Billy” Jackson uses an electric “Southern Pride” smoker to achieve consistent results for BBQ Ribs and Boston Butts.

Mr. Jackson describes that when you manage the airflow properly, one piece of wood will smoke continuously for hours.

Mr. Jackson describes that when you manage the airflow properly, one piece of wood will smoke continuously for hours.

Mr. Jackson tends his Southern Pride smoker outside his restaurant in Port Gibson, MS.

Mr. Jackson tends his Southern Pride smoker outside his restaurant in Port Gibson, MS.

Mr. Jackson shows the Mississippi BBQ Trail the exclusive dry rub he uses to prepare pork for smoking, a competitive advantage he has in the marketplace.

Mr. Jackson shows the Mississippi BBQ Trail the exclusive dry rub he uses to prepare pork for smoking, a competitive advantage he has in the marketplace.

I am very pleased to make a new friend on Port Gibson and the Jackson family has established a great tradition of feeding the traveling public and local residents a delicacy that only a true Grill Master can prepare.  Experience and technology come together.

Take time to visit Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Q and taste the classic flavor of a Mississippi BBQ Joint.

Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Q

3035 Hwy 61 South

Port Gibson, MS  39150

(601) 437-9004

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