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Carson’s BBQ & Catering
American, Barbecue, Sandwiches
5555 W. State Rd. 46
Take West State Road 46 out of central Bloomington to the town of Ellettsville to find this family-owned barbecue joint. They smoke their meat low and slow in a custom barbecue grill. Try tender beef brisket, on its own or in a sandwich, or get your hands dirty and dig into some dry-rubbed ribs, no utensils necessary! • Prices: Appetizers $3.49–$7.49; sandwiches $5.49–$15.49; sides $2.49–$6.49; dinner specials $9.99–$15.99 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m.–9 p.m. • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: No
Asian, Barbecue, East Asian, Korean
2630 E. 10th St.
DIY barbecue puts you in control of your meal at Mama’s Restaurant. Meals are served with a variety of banchan: small bowls of Korean pickles, salads, and more meant to be eaten with your meal. • Prices: Appetizers $3–$10.99, entrées $9.99–$18.99, barbecue $16.99–$17.99 • Hours: Lunch Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., dinner Mon.–Fri. 5–9 p.m. Sat. noon–10 p.m. Sun. noon–9 p.m.; Closed every last Tu. of the month • Bar: Beer, wine • Credit Cards: Visa, MC • Outdoor Seating: No
Short Stop Food Mart
American, Barbecue, Breakfast, Delicatessen
901 N. Smith Rd.
Every Thursday from April through October, the BBQ Train pulls in and the customers line up at Short Stop Food Mart. Burgers, brisket, and barbecue chicken sandwiches are grilled up alongside killer ribs and pulled pork. If you can’t make it on a Thursday, pulled pork is served every day for lunch or dinner inside at the deli, along with deli sandwiches and chili. Many soups, sides, and desserts are homemade, too. Short Stop opens early to offer full breakfast, featuring homemade biscuits and gravy. • Prices: Barbecue sandwiches $3–$7, ribs $12–$23, deli sandwiches $5, sides and desserts $1–$4, breakfast $1.99–$6 • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat.–Sun. 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Barbecue served Thursday only, Apr–Oct 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m • Bar: No • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes
Smokin’ Jack’s Rib Shack
505 W. 17th St.
Chef Jack Cody — “Smokin’ Jack” — specializes in (what else?) smoked ribs, but be sure to try the pulled pork, too. He offers five different sauces: regular, Jack’s sweet barbecue, Louisiana hot, barbecue hot, and Jamaican jerk. Collard greens and cornbread salad are among the sides. Monday is buy-one-get-one-free night for seniors from 4–9 pm. Specials are offered every day. • Prices: Sandwiches, wings, and ribs $5–$26, desserts $2–$4 • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Closed Sun. • Bar: Beer • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. • Outdoor Seating: Yes