Lansing’s Meat BBQ has a Heavy Metal & Star Wars Vibe

I stayed in Lansing for five days and used it as my home base in Michigan during my book signing tour. *My friend Rev tells me I must hit up his friend Logg’s restaurant, Meat BBQ.

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 about food.

Meat BBQ in Lansing, Michigan Sign
Look for the Meat BBQ sign
Meat BBQ in Lansing, Michigan Entrance
Welcome to Meat BBQ

It was rainy, but we found parking just down the street. I love the entryway and its seating, but that’s not even considered today. So instead, we take a table near the entrance where I can enjoy all the wall decorations.

If you love metal (music, that is), Star Wars, and BBQ, you have found your nirvana (not the alternative band, but they would probably fit here too).

Heavy Metal & Star Wars Decor at Meat BBQ

Meat BBQ in Lansing, Michigan Vibe
Meat BBQ Bar Area
Meat BBQ in Lansing, Michigan Heavy Metal & Star Wars Vibe
Hidden Star Wars Stormtrooper top right
Meat BBQ in Lansing, Michigan Heavy Metal Vibes
Chewy + Han = Best Buddies

I’m reviewing the menu, and my wife, Marcela, gives me the look. The look means you don’t go crazy ordering so much food that you can’t possibly eat it all. So, of course, I order way too much food for us to eat in one sitting.

Nachos from Meat BBQ in Lansing, Michigan

I usually try to butter her up by ordering nachos, her favorite starter. It gives me the leeway to sneak in a bunch of tasty treats.

The nachos are hand-cut tortilla chips topped with bacon, brisket, pulled pork, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and avocados, and finished with sour cream and their sweet & tangy BBQ sauce, Jazzy Q.

Eddie’s Eggrolls, the Texas Chili, and Smoked Chicken Wings arrive quickly and occupy most of our table’s free space. So I put my head down and went to work.

Excellent Egg Rolls

Meat BBQ Eddie’s Egg Rolls
Eddie’s 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 accompanying 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 have a nice kick and chunks of brisket.

I’ve never been to Texas formally, but I’ll start planning my trip to the Lone Star State today if the chili is like this.

Meat BBQ Texas Red Chili
Texas Red Chili
Smoked Chicken Wings
Smoked Chicken Wings

You’re a lucky duck if you can find a spot that smokes and flash-fries its wings in your neighborhood. 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 Meat Plate with Brisket and Pork Ribs
Meat BBQ Meat Plate with Brisket and Pork Ribs

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.

Burgers Available at Meat BBQ, You Say?

One thing that is hard to find is a BBQ spot with a great burger. But, 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 and a side of fries. Damn, it’s good, but double damn, I am beyond stuffed.

I enjoy two bites before I accept 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.

Build a Burger with Brisket & Cheddar Cheese
Build a Burger with Brisket & Cheddar Cheese

Meat BBQ
1224 Turner Road
Lansing, MI
(517) 580-4400

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Tuesday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

*I went to MEAT BBQ on Rev’s recommendation. He mentioned it to Logg, who not only came to our table to shoot the shit about food and heavy metal but also treated us to our meal. It was a kind and unexpected gesture on his part, which did not affect what I wrote about Meat BBQ. You do need to visit.

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