The co-owner of the ever-popular Trapani's Eatery branches out into barbeque on the beachfront when Smokin' Jo's opens up in Bay St. Louis.
- by Lisa Monti
How does this sound for starters: Brisket Bay Queso (chopped brisket and queso atop homemade tortilla chips) and Bay Fries (waffle fries sprinkled with cheddar bacon pieces, pulled pork with secret sauce.)
The soft tacos can be filled with your choice of two meats (brisket, chicken or pork) topped with pineapple mango salsa with a splash of Sriracha and barbecue sauce.
Sides include mac and cheese, fried okra plus the standards: barbecue beans, potato salad, cole slaw and waffle fries.
Sandwiches are topped with homemade slaw, sliced Kosher pickle and onion. Pick from pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket and a combination of two meats. There’s also a smoked sausage on a bun if that’s what speaks to you.
Meat plates - featuring pulled pork, a chicken quarter, sliced brisket, ribs or sausage - come with sliced Kosher pickles, sliced onions and two sides.
Ribs are sold by the rack, half rack or single rib. Pork, sausage, brisket and pulled chicken is available by the pound or half pound servings.
The kid’s menu has a chicken or pulled pork quesadilla and grilled cheese, each with one side.
The catering menu orders include meats, sides and box lunches to feed 20 people or more and whole Key lime pies. Sauce is sold by the quart. Delivery to the nearby marina will be available on opening day and to the downtown area by May 1. In true Bay St. Louis style, deliveries will be made by golf cart.
By the way, the pig mascot out front was named JoJo by the restaurant’s Facebook followers and is dressed for every holiday. It’s also prominent on the logo. “Everyone enjoys taking photos with her,” Trapani said. It’s all part of Smokin’ Jo’s philosophy. “It’s a fun concept with great food.”
A ribbon cutting will be held Saturday, April 21 at 4pm.