*My friend Rev tells me that I need to hit up his friend Logg’s restaurant Meat BBQ.
I was staying in Lansing for five days and using it as my home base in Michigan during my book signing tour.
If Rev says it’s a must, it’s not a matter of if but when I can squeeze it into my schedule.
We’ve been friends forever, and he knows his shit when it comes to food.
It was a rainy day, and we find parking just down the street.
I love the entryway and its seating, but that’s not even under consideration today.
We take a table near the entrance where I’m able to enjoy all of the wall decorations.
If you love metal (music that is), Star Wars, and BBQ, then you have found your nirvana (not the alternative band, but they would probably fit in here).
HEAVY METAL & STAR WARS VIBE
I’m looking over the menu, and my wife, Marcela, is giving me the look.
The look means don’t go crazy ordering so much food that we can’t possibly eat it all.
So, of course, I order way too much food for us to eat at one seating.
I usually try to butter her up by ordering nachos, her favorite starter.
It gives me the leeway to sneak in a bunch of other tasty treats.
The nachos are their hand-cut tortilla chips topped with bacon, brisket, pulled pork on the protein side, and then cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, avocado and finished with sour cream and their sweet & tangy BBQ sauce, Jazzy Q.
In quick succession, Eddie’s Eggrolls, the Texas Chili, and Smoked Chicken Wings arrive and take up most of the free space on our table.
I put my head down and go to work.
EXCELLENT EGG ROLLS
I have an almost unnatural obsession with pimento cheese.
Hence, the eggrolls filled with housemade Andouille sauce, poblano peppers, and the homewrecker pimento cheese check the right boxes in my perfect snack item list.
The housemade BBQ ranch sauce that accompanies them is a worthy partner to these little devils.
I’m sure there are veggies in this beanless chili (I don’t spot any) that also has a nice kick and chunks of brisket in it.
I’ve never been to Texas, but if the chili is like this, I’ll start planning my trip to the Lone Star State today.
If you can find a spot that smokes then flash-fries their wings in your neighborhood, then you’re a lucky duck.
I don’t think there is any better way to enjoy a chicken wing.
I tried the sides with a few of their sauces, but I preferred them solo, and yes, that was a Star Wars reference.
MEAT BBQ APPETIZERS
We’re at a BBQ place, so I must go with one of their Meat Plates.
Pork ribs with beef brisket, spicy cream corn, sweet & tangle slaw, and a slice of cornbread round out my tray.
Everything was as excellent as it looks in the picture below.
A BURGER YOU SAY?
One thing that is hard to find is a BBQ spot with a great burger.
In Miami, Hate Mondays Tavern fills that bill, and it looks like Meat BBQ is the chosen one for Lansing.
I use the Build a Burger option, so I request that my 7 oz burger come topped with chopped brisket & cheddar cheese with a side of fries.
Damn, it’s good, but double damn, I am beyond stuffed.
I enjoy two bites before I come to terms with the reality that I can not fit one more piece of deliciousness in my substantial stomach.
We are at max capacity, folks, and that’s the happy ending to this story.
WATCH & LEARN
1224 Turner Road
*I went to MEAT BBQ on Rev’s recommendation. He mentioned it to Logg, who not only came out to our table to shoot the shit about food and heavy metal but treated us to our meal. It was a kind and unexpected gesture on his part, which did not affect in any way what I wrote about Meat BBQ. You do need to visit.