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J's BBQ

Ripon, Wisconsin

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J's BBQ

Ripon, Wisconsin

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Josh Schubert

11 October 2019

food is delicious and very filling and it's a comfortable setting.

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Gary S.

8 October 2019

This is a great place for BBQ. We drive from Appleton just to visit J's BBQ. Great selection of food. Always top notch and if you leave hungry, that is your own fault. Hardworking and friendly staff. A must when near Ripon! More...

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Isabelle Carroll

28 September 2019

My husband and I went to J's for lunch with our friends; it was our first time going there. The food was really good. We shared since we weren't sure what to get and I wasn't feeling well, and the medium potatoes was a lot of potatoes. Good portions, good pricing, and good service. I would definitely go back. More...

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Kelly Mitchell

26 September 2019

Cute Place Food was good!

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Pete V

22 September 2019

I only got to taste a bite today at the festival. Look forward to having some there soon.

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Yvonne Nadler

15 September 2019

Great food.

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Michelle Ward

13 September 2019

Great food/atmosphere! Highly recommend!

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Terry Prien

8 September 2019

Awesome food and service

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Tim Hoffmann

1 September 2019

Had the sampler platter thought it was awesome

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Antonio Ruíz Ramirez

29 August 2019

Muy buen lugar!!!!

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Scott O

25 August 2019

A must stop when rolling thru hwy 23........ or when dropping of kids at College

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Josiah B.

20 August 2019

This is by far the best Restaurant in the State.  They make the best meat Plater period. I live in Milwaukee, but this place is well worth the drive. I have had all the best smokehouses in the state.  This ones by far the best.  It's my favorite restaurant.  I eat out someplace new every day, but this place keeps me coming back.  My only complaint is the white bald man with the beard that cuts your meat is always rude.  This is saying something, because I eat here at least once every two weeks.  I keep coming back thinking he'll be nicer.  I'm always proved wrong.  The owner is super nice though. More...

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Rebecca J

16 August 2019

Absolutely love J's! The brisket, the mac & cheese, the sauces are our favorite. Employees & owners are so friendly and the atmosphere is comfortable and trendy.

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Tom J.

16 August 2019

Classic Texas style BBQ, order at the counter by the pound, order your sides and take them to your table. Went there with a group and everyone really enjoyed their BBQ choices and there were positive comments across the board. The brisket had a nice crust on it and you could taste the different spices in the rub. The pulled pork was also really moist and had good smoke flavor. The sides were all impressive and there was a wide selection of about 16 of them. The only reason I'm not giving them 5 stars is the sauces. Most BBQ joints nowadays have home made sauces. While they had a wide selection of them, it reminded me of another restaurant that rhymes with "Ruffalo Piled Things". The sauces were all over the place and weren't really traditional BBQ regional sauces. With that aside, great BBQ at a very reasonable price. More...

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Meghan R.

10 August 2019

Best barbecue in the entire fox valley. We ordered the sampler and it came with so much food. The brisket was my boyfriends favorite (because he could dip it in whatever sauce he desired), mine favorite was the ribs. Super fall off the bone tender. The jalapeño cornbread was crazy good, though I wish it was served warm. I think it would be to die for then. But that's literally my only complaint. It's worth the drive to Ripon. More...

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Donald Kesich

1 August 2019

Great Owners, great food , great staff and a classic and great bartender.

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Ryan Van Vels

29 July 2019

A friend and I where staying in Ripon for the EAA show, and visited J's BBQ all three nights of our stay. The food was amazing, true authentic Texas BBQ. That opinion is based on living in Texas 6 years. The owners Jen and Suzanne where a delight to talk to and their staff was polite and helpful. Also the restaurant was very well kept and tidy. We will definitely go back next year. More...

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Gregory Simanson sr.

29 July 2019

Great food and service

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Harry Weller

28 July 2019

Hands down amazing bbq and fantastic people!!! Pulled pork nachos with pineapple salsa is out of the world!

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Christian Francois

27 July 2019

Good bbq ribs

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D Lopez

25 July 2019

The best place to eat in Ripon, Wisconsin! I love all the food here. Must try !

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Chris Jenkinson

25 July 2019

Delish. Great food, great atmosphere and friendly staff.

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Robert Benitez-Ek

24 July 2019

Awesome food served to you in a short period of time--literally 30 seconds

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Katie

24 July 2019

I had the pulled pork and it was truly delicious! Don't miss out on the mac and cheese offer the pickles.

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Crystal Mitchell

24 July 2019

Always love this place. Fantastic food. Fantastic!!!

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Harry Hillman

20 July 2019

The brisket is amazing, and the baked beans are awesome

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Liz Pelton Albrecht

14 July 2019

Excellent ribs and cole slaw was just right!

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Suzanne J.

11 July 2019

J's BBQ catered my husband's 50th birthday celebration on the lake this past weekend. The delivery was right on time, the food was EXCELLENT!! All the guests were raving about how good the food was - especially the brisket! This brisket was probably the most tender and flavorful brisket I'd ever had. Another guest shared with me that this was the best barbecue she'd ever had! Thank you J's BBQ for the great food and great service! More...

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Ronald Lindsay

30 June 2019

Our meals were exceptionally tasty, the specialty drinks and wine list excellent.

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Emily Pearce

30 June 2019

Like any good bbq place, there is a line. Get in line, dont look back, so worth the wait!

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Patrick Manning

30 June 2019

Great food and lots of choices make this southern style BBQ joint a powerhouse loved every bite prices were great portions we're better.....

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Todd Schwartz

30 June 2019

Oh man... If you like real barbecue, not bbq sauce, this place is for you. Ribs, brisket, chicken, even really good fish. Try the sampler for 2 people, it is great.

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DJ Curran

30 June 2019

Hands down the best brisket you will ever have.

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Rylie Stalter

30 June 2019

Great atmosphere, great people, and GREAT food.

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Tim Meise

30 June 2019

Awesome BBQ and sides

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Sam Schroeder

30 June 2019

Best brisket anywhere.

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Dan Dykstra

30 June 2019

Great food, great price. We will be back !

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Alex Rathe

30 June 2019

For the love of Jesus, go here. Get the sample platter. You'll love me for it

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Debbi Konecny

30 June 2019

Best brisket ANYWHERE . Everything is yummy. Try their homemade sangria

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Dennis Santi

9 June 2019

Great food. Good pricing and Good service

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Pj Manning Sr.

9 June 2019

brisket pulled pork and were amazing and the entire.menu is great.

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Darek Whiting

31 May 2019

Best bbq in the area at a very reasonable price. They also have a great beer selection incuding local Knuth brewery. Definitely will be back when in the area

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The Leprechaun

31 May 2019

Amazing food and atmosphere!!!!

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Robert Krist

31 May 2019

Been there twice the brisket is as good as if I was in Texas. Food all around was awesome and reasonably priced

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Gregg Rasske

31 May 2019

Always great!

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Brian Jackman

31 May 2019

Decent. The mac and cheese was really good and wings. The brisket was good too, a little overdone for my liking.

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Biff Floodstrand

31 May 2019

Js is by far the best restaurant in the Ripon area, great selection, reasonable prices and the staff is always incredible. The brisket is out of this world and the mac and cheese will blow you away. More...

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Shirley Rank

31 May 2019

Awesome food

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Julie Yap

31 May 2019

Fantastic, friendly service and great food.

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letthewinderaseme

31 May 2019

Everytime my wife and I pass through Ripon on our way back from the Princeton Flea Market we try to stop here to get food...yeah it's that good. I can't say enough good things about this place...Friendly staff...good hearty food that taste excellent and looks good to the eye as well...there are many sides to choose from...something for everyone...various drinks, both alcoholic and non alcoholic....I recommend the sweet treat with the sugar and cinnamon added...absolutely wonderful and refreshing. The portion sizes are decieving because they fill you up plenty...I've never walked out of here feeling hungry. This place is topnotch and excellent...I highly recommend this place...awesome BBQ...chicken,fish and tacos too...My wife and I love going here and you will too! More...

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Paul Miller

31 May 2019

Extremely fast and fresh cooked food. Brisket and fish was outstanding. Great sides and cheesy jalepeno cornbread. Relaxed atmosphere.

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Al po

31 May 2019

I really enjoyed this place the food was delicious. Friendly service good atmosphere

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Brian Cada

30 April 2019

Brisket was Amazing! The Boneless Wings with Sauce are the Best. The Sauce Bar has 10 different Styles. Best BBQ around!

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Michael Stepniewski

30 April 2019

Mmmm. Down home cooking.

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Luly Tru

30 April 2019

J's BBQ is one of the best restaurants in the area. The staff is very friendly and attentive. The menu is awesome. My favorite things to order: brisket, mac and cheese, potato salad mash, baked beans, fish

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Jim

30 April 2019

good food

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Tim Follett

30 April 2019

Everything was perfect!

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Jason Hassel

30 April 2019

Excellent food and great atmosphere!

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Erin Conrad

30 April 2019

Great food. Nice for a quick bite or to sit and chill for a bit.

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Dan Wustrack

30 April 2019

Great place to eat. Foods always amazing!!

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John Budelman

30 April 2019

Great food & a great town...

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Donald Olson

30 April 2019

Best brisket ever!

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Kathlyn Kimber

30 April 2019

Great ribs absolutely will go back

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Jennifer Hackbarth

30 April 2019

The food is ABSOLUTELY the best!! We go there at least 1-2 times a month even tho its a 1/2 hour drive. The owners are super ppl and have BBQ down to a science. Weve been all over the country and J's is one of the very best!!! More...

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Jason Thom

30 April 2019

Good food. Nice place to meet a group.

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Brian Wodicka

31 March 2019

The food is fantastic!

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Chris Steinike

31 March 2019

Even when it's busy and you have to wait. The food and friendly service makes it well worth it. My favorite place to go in Ripon!!!

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John Esch

31 March 2019

Very friendly, first time here they explained the lay out and we got fast service. I had the Beef Brisket and Cowboy Caviar My Wife had Pulled Pork with sauce Hand cut Fries Corn Bread (has cheese and jalapenos on it) . I will make it a point to come back! More...

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Clifford Daniel

31 March 2019

Great spot downtown. Brisket is awesome.

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Barb Seidl

31 March 2019

The best Reuben sandwich ever. Out of this world delicious. If you are a reuben lover like me DO NOT miss out on this week's special. Once again, great job J's

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Michele Sorenson

31 March 2019

Next time I am going to order the bigger rack of ribs!

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Robin Forbes-Lorman

31 March 2019

Good meat. Delicious mac and cheese

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chris benton

31 March 2019

Absolutly amazing smoked brisket!!!!!!

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Julian Bitta

28 February 2019

Outright amazing food. You haven't lived until you tried their mac n cheese!

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Suzanne Savage

28 February 2019

Absolutely best BBQ in the area. Brisket was superb!

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noah burdett

28 February 2019

Mmm mac n cheese

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Vickie Wustrack

28 February 2019

Great food as always.....

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Amee Hauke

28 February 2019

Excellent food! Their beer cheese soup is amazing! Nice to be able to kind of mix and match what you order to get what you truly want! Cool decor too

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Mary Schilling

28 February 2019

BBQ pulled pork was good. Creamy mac n cheese. Wish they'd use plates. It's disappointing to have good food, and eat on cardboard or on a tray lines with tissue, & eating with plastic ware.

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Jim Keyes

28 February 2019

Good bbq, nice atmosphere.

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Susan Jenkins

28 February 2019

Excellent

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essie clark

28 February 2019

Best BBQ in Wisconsin! Love it!

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Michelle B.

6 February 2019

Went for Lunch on Saturday and finally somewhere a little closer to home that knows how to cook some BBQ.  Thank you J's!Fun place and nice to see the presentation of BBQ the way it should be, on a tray just like down in the south.  Love the fact they cut the brisket in front of you and even ask what area you want your cut from.The sauce and condiment bar was very nice and offered all kinds of options.  Great cornbread, mac and cheese was good and creamy.  Beans were very good but a little too sweet. More...

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Carla Gunnink

30 January 2019

This place is run by some amazing people. When busy, the line can be long, but the food and service are worth it. The bbq and brisket are what they’re known for, but they have some wonderful sides too. Mac n cheese (sooo creamy), beer cheese soup (dip some pretzel bread or chips in it!), cowboy caviar (seriously tasty with a kick). Keep up the good work J’s! More...

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David Bennington

30 January 2019

I wish they were open 7 days a week. The brisket, cabbage slaw and fish tacos were great.

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Paul Huebner

30 January 2019

Great

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Nancy Davis

30 January 2019

Great food !!! Will go back for sure...

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Will O.

30 January 2019

Best Bbq I've ever had. You can't go wrong with anything, but the brisket is amazing.

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Anita Hoffman

30 January 2019

Best local bbq! Tip: order ahead for take iut. Can be a long wait

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Chris D.

12 January 2019

The food here is always awesome.  Good drinks as well. We had had most items on the menu without any disappointing choices. Get here early though as things sell out quickly. More...

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Pamela LeDuc

30 December 2018

Food and service is amazing it's a must stop!

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Andrew Jahr

30 December 2018

Great food for not bad prices

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Rick Rivera

30 December 2018

The food is delicious the service was awesome

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Cheryl Schwark

30 December 2018

Amazing food, beautiful small town, constantly delicious!!

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Eric Hennricks

30 December 2018

Love the nachos, but everything is amazing

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Di Wylesky

30 December 2018

First time there today, Dec. 14 around 11 3011 45 on a Friday and they were quite busy. It seems like we waited quite a while but you look on the wall at the menu and choose what you want to eat and then when you get to the front of the line you will tell a guy who's behind the counter what you want. I had pulled pork quesadilla and it was very good. Very small but good. More...

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Ed Fischer

30 December 2018

Great wings and quesadilla

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Nials Everett

30 December 2018

Went here and had the lunch special. Chopped brisket, mac & cheese, rice, chips and corn bread. Wow it was fantastic! The brisket was perfect. Make sure to get J's sauce on the side. Will come back here again next time I'm in Ripon. More...

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Judith Street

30 November 2018

Stood in line a bit longer than I liked...but...food was excellent and will certainly return

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Krista Wichman

30 November 2018

Amazing food! Great for the entire family! Highly recommended for all (BBQ lover or not)!!

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Lynn L

30 November 2018

Fantastic food and catering service for our wedding!

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Paul Hagadone

30 November 2018

Best BBQ I've had in Wisconsin! These guys make everything right. Brisket is top notch. All of the sauces are great. Every side you can think of, and all of them are ridiculously good. I can't believe there's a BBQ place this good up here. More...

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Steven Graham

30 November 2018

Always amazing!!! Brisket was perfect! Fried okra extra crispy and fried fish extra crispy are my favorites. The customer service and the genuine smiles always make you feel right at home!!! Love this place!!!

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Pedro Arellano

30 November 2018

I make BBQ at home in a Pit Barrel cooker with charcoal and wood. My BBQ rocks. This is the first restaurant I have been to in WI that tastes as good as homemade imho. Their brisket is super different from mine but it is all day long legit. I highly recommend the super flavorful point instead of the drier flat, but then I like the fatty lusciousness of the point. The pulled pork was solid. It could have been a bit more moist, but the flavor was very good. The ribs had much too much sauce on them for MY taste. I couldn't taste the ribs. All I tasted was the powerful bbq sauce which tasted quite good, but I couldn't taste the ribs. That said, that is the preference around these parts, so you have to do what your customers want right? Thus I can't hold the ribs against them. I'll just never order them again. The chicken wings didn't seem smoked. They were fine, not bad, not great. Overall, that brisket point was EXCELLENT and makes the trip MORE than worth it. The flavor of the pulled pork should be experienced also if you have never had real bbq. J's is NOT crockpot pulled pork Those two things make this place a MUST visit. I didn't care too much for the mac n cheese, but I bet most people would go MAD for it. Chances are that you'll think it's the best mac n cheese you have had. I use less processed cheese in mine is what it is, but it is great. In fact, i'm going tonight and I'll order it again. I just remembered I took a pic. The pic reminded me of how good great the cornbread was. More...

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Greg Bukovatz

30 November 2018

Delicious food! We drove in from Oshkosh and J’s did not disappoint! I will definitely be coming back for heaping piles of meat. I’m looking forward to coming back on a Thursday night for the all you can eat wings...mmmmm. More...

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Mark D.

30 November 2018

You might pay a small premium over fast food, but, it is always worth it! Options for vegans and vegetarians, even though it is a barbeque place. The brisket is amazing and the chicken is great on "J's Nachos"Edit: I took a star off because they are closed too many days! It’s worth the wait though. More...

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gregory kubicki

30 November 2018

Awesome!

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Ovidiu Lucaciu

30 November 2018

Wish I would have lived closer to this location...so tasty food!

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Curt Snow

30 November 2018

The smoked brisket was excellent. A little cool in the dining area.

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Izek Johnson

30 November 2018

J's has really good food.

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Josh

30 October 2018

The food was excellent cant wait to go back.

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Allie Scott

30 October 2018

Best. Barbecue. Ever. Also, run by the best people, and I love everything about this place. It feel like home every time I come in.

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Dianne Telford

30 October 2018

Excellent food, great lunch special and family atmosphere with exceptional service.

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Frank Zammuto

30 October 2018

Excellent

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Amy Bearwald

30 October 2018

Lots of flavor.. seating was questionable.. prices were reasonable.. very recommended

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Matt Porsche

30 October 2018

Best brisket and Mac and cheese ever

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John Panten

30 October 2018

Very good service and good food and nice atmosphere!!

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BRENDA PANTEN

30 October 2018

Great food, great service and fun atmosphere.

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J D.

17 October 2018

Love this place!  So hard to decide what to get!!  Ended up with Brisket (amazing!), Mac & cheese (also amazing), baked beans (de-lish), & sweet potatoe fries!  Everything was amazing!!  I also loved that J's has all of their sauces available for you to try & use. More...

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Dominique S.

13 October 2018

The staff and friendly and helpful, being our first we had no clue what the process was. The food was tasty and enough for two if you have sample plate.

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Cynthia C.

6 October 2018

I wish this place had been around when I went to Ripon College. We stopped by for lunch while in town on a dreary day and this place brightened our day. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Everything they offer here is fresh, homemade, and really good. Not good... really good!! We had two lunch specials which are $8.95 for a drink, homemade chips (yummy), a side of your choice(with too many great options to choose from) , choice of bread and choice of meat. I had the haddock which was barely battered, fresh tasting and cooked perfectly with the beer cheese soup (when in Wisconsin I feel it is my duty to eat as much cheese as possible), pretzel roll and a spotted cow beer. I also got the tangy coleslaw (fresh cabbage with a mustardy dressing, not creamy on it made to order. No premade coleslaw sitting around here!) My boy had the ribs with extra chips, a pretzel roll and sprite. Everything was amazing. Again, not just good, super good. Few places are this consistent about everything they serve. Also, the place is cute,  relaxed and clean. They have gender neutral bathrooms too! Oh, and I forgot the wall of sauces. I tried about 5 and liked them all. Go here - you will not be sorry!!! More...

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Sarah Geisthardt

30 September 2018

Really great food and service!

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Shane Garner

30 September 2018

Great BBQ and fantastic service!

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Jacob Winkel

30 September 2018

A wonderful restaurant with delicious brisket and a very friendly wait staff! You can’t go wrong with the pork cushion either.

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Kelly Pinter

30 September 2018

We had the lunch special-brisket with a side, chlps, bread and a drink for $9. Very good and the staff was friendly. Will come back

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Corey Krueger

30 September 2018

Great food and service as always.

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David Nelson

30 September 2018

Great people fantastic food and quick

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Kathryn Searles

30 September 2018

Bbq was fantastic. Fun atmosphere!

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Nicholas Edler

30 September 2018

Great BBQ and sides. Get the brisket it was very unique. Only open Thurs-Sat though

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Andy Huebschmann

30 September 2018

Thursday evening "All U Can Eat" wings are spectacular! Outstanding food and service.

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Bill Neill

30 September 2018

Delicious late evening BBQ dinner!!!! Family friendly service by Jen, Susan, and staff.

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Mark Frederiksen

30 September 2018

Great BBQ Jen and Susan run an excellent business with a great variety of food.

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James Thomas

30 September 2018

Great food.a bit small and get really busy.

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Joel Pethan

30 September 2018

Spot on BBQ with all the sides and then some. They even have a favorite pleasure of mine, fan tail shrimp. Outstanding brisket and pulled pork. Perfect cafeteria style a la carte style set up so you can order as much as you want of whatever. Do go. More...

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Anita H.

15 September 2018

Great food,  fast service! What more need I say? Pleasant decor, fits the type of food available. Lot of cosmbos to choose from.Be sure to check hrs. Not open every day. More...

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joshua jones

30 August 2018

Best BBQ I've had in a long time! Great lunch specials.

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Paul Schroeder

30 August 2018

Plenty of great food and atmosphere

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Mindy H

30 August 2018

Amazing BBQ & sides! We will definitely return.

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Forrest Fox

30 August 2018

Absolutely worth the round-trip drive from Osh. Everything was fantastic! Do not miss this spot if you are within reach!

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karin wilson

30 August 2018

Good food and neat atmosphere

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paul wheeler

30 August 2018

Food is incredible and the staff is very friendly. A great place to eat and well worth the drive from Oshkosh.

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Kathy Hoover

30 August 2018

OMG - FIRST time there! Owners are amazing, food is amazing, ambiance is amazing! So welcoming, so cool. Will tell every human I know to get there ASAP!!!

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Lindsey Pethan

30 August 2018

The brisket. Get the brisket.

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Kyle Pickett

30 August 2018

Wonderful atmosphere & excellent food

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Caleb Paegelow

30 August 2018

Literally the greatest place to get ribs or brisket. Super fast and super friendly service. Oh and they also do take out AND CATERING!!!!

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noreen johnson

30 August 2018

Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Friendly service.

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Andy Albrecht

30 August 2018

If you are even remotely close to ripon J’s is the go too for sure! Literally every menu item is a hit! Brisket is by far the best I have had in the Midwest and pair that with some local beers you have a win! Friendly staff and a great relaxed atmosphere! The portions are generous and delicious! We will be back for more BBQ soon! More...

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Eric Cernjar

30 August 2018

Been looking for quality bbq in the area for a while and this fits the bill!

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Paul Krombos

30 August 2018

Food was excellent.

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Erik Johnson

30 August 2018

Delicious food.

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Ric Hensel

30 August 2018

Great food! Menu on chalkboard while waiting in line, full bar, lots of sauces!

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Mike Jaber

30 August 2018

J's is absolutely amazing. You have to check it out. The atmosphere, food, and owners are awesome!

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Leon Foerster

30 August 2018

Try the sampler

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Rhiannon Thomas

30 August 2018

Came in for the first time today. We are in town for a play and we selected it based on reviews. Really good!! Staff was so nice and provided great recommendations! Food was hot, tender, and delicious. We got a platter to try for the first time, great way to try and find a favorite!! Highly recommended!! More...

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micheal waltenberry

30 August 2018

The most fire place in all the land

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Steve Brasch

30 August 2018

WOW !! I was really impressed with food and the service. Stopped in for a Saturday lunch, greeted at the door by one of the owners. Very friendly and informative. BBQ meat was high quality and more than I could eat for lunch. Full homemade sauce bar lets you find the perfect taste. Spicy, hot, mild, Kentucky, sweet and many many more. Looking forward to a return visit. Outdoor patio will great in the warmer months. Shopping and craft brewery in walking distance. More...

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Sabrina B

30 August 2018

If you’re looking for quality BBQ, a very welcoming atmosphere, and affordability this is your place. (Quite frankly, we ate here two days in a row we loved it so much.) The two owners were incredibly personable and professional; thanks for welcoming us to Ripon! More...

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Patricia Jones

30 August 2018

Fantastic corned beef today for the holiday. No knife needed! Delicious. A place to seek out for sure.

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Kyla Ott

30 August 2018

Best BBQ I've EVER found in WI! If you get the opportunity to eat here, DO IT! You WILL NOT regret it! Also, try the brisket, YOLO!

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Ana Andrade

30 August 2018

The bets food ever!!!

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Ellen Livingston

30 August 2018

BBQ IS GREAT! THE MAC AND CHEESE IS SCRUMPTIOUS! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!

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Robin Patzlaff

30 August 2018

Another EXCEPTIONAL meal and top notch service at J's! You can tell Jen & Susan put there heart and sole into this place!! ❤

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Roberta St Denis

30 August 2018

Fun lunch. Great food.

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Anthony M

30 August 2018

A great BBQ joint with the best Mac and Cheese I've ever had. Has a nice rustic feel to the place.

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Gavin Feucht

30 August 2018

I heard good things about this place prior to going and i wasn't disappointed. My wife and i had the sampler platter. We were starving and still took food home. When we ordered, i was excited to eat, after seeing our server effortlessly cut our brisket into slices. The side of mac-n-cheese was great too. Pulled pork was tangy, A+ there. Even the slaw was intriguing, A. I'm not a rib guy, but I'd come back for those, A. Overall, I can't wait to come back! More...

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Richard Murphy

30 August 2018

Great place for BBQ. Reasonable price. Parking is a bit of a challenge.

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Jim Nummerdor

30 August 2018

Couldn’t of been better. The brisket was delicious. The staff very friendly. Definitely going to back.

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TIM Blaske

30 August 2018

Ayce wings on Wednesday are the best.

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Kim Davis

30 August 2018

Excellent!

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Jay Jandrey

30 August 2018

Tasty

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Carlen Flores

30 August 2018

This is some of the absolute BEST bbq I've ever had!!!! I wasn't very convinced at first when I saw it was like Texas bbq but it's even better than bbq I've tried back home (Texas). 5 STARS HANDS DOWN

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Scott Lothian

30 August 2018

Super menu. Super good. I would go all the time if this were on my home town

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Angela Labagnara

30 August 2018

Hands down best place for barbecue in WI.... You all should invest in coming to Madison, WI. Nothing like this there.

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Kathy Groshek

30 August 2018

Excellent Pork BBQ!!!Cornbread Moist and has corn and peppers in it, if you like your cornbread this way!Very busy on Friday nites- plan for this.You stand in line to order Great atmosphere Friendly staff More...

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Shadow Princess

30 August 2018

Very good food and the people there are really nice too!

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blodis nutmore

30 August 2018

Literally found this place on accident, and was blown away by everything. Decor, functionality, and most importantly, taste. Food was fantastic, and even though I'm hours away from home, I'm making sure I make a return trip to taste more.If you're even hours away, do it and go here. You'll be satisfied. Unless you're a vegan. I'm sure they have vegan friendly meals, but the bbq was insanely amazing. More...

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Lauren Highum

30 August 2018

Everything was delicious...the mac n cheese and brisket were my favorites!!

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Jamie Brandt

30 August 2018

Great food and mellow atmosphere. Definitely will be back!!

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Burt Robertson

30 August 2018

Food was great lots to choose from and a great variety. The sides were awesome. You could make. Meal of just sides and be very happy. We had ribs and the smoked chicken. Both were great but too much sauce on the chicken. It tasted good. It chicken that good doesn’t need to be smothered. The menu is a little confusing and being on the wall. You have to remember what you want as you wAit in a line to order. Some small pencils and order forms or note paper would be helpful. The ability to order via an app would be great too and probable shorten and speed up the line. My only disappointment was the cornbread. Don’t get me wrong it was good but average with everything else and the description I was expecting more. Would definitely recommend and will be back. More...

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Peter Wolf

30 August 2018

Great place with friendly staff offering very generous portions of barbecue done RIGHT! Their brisket is fantastic, as is the beer cheese soup. They even have a good selection of Wisconsin craft brews - several on draft. I can guarantee that you won't leave hungry! More...

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Jordan Wind

30 August 2018

Easily one of the best BBQ restaurants I've ever been too. It rivals if not destroys Famous Daves.

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Juan M

30 August 2018

Best Barbecue in the area. Full bar, friendly staff and we'll maintained. A great all around experience.

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Ryan

30 August 2018

Delicious! They should open more locations in the Fox Valley.

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Greg Disterhaft

30 August 2018

Good smoke flavor

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Jamie Weir

30 August 2018

Another great lunch at J's!!!!!!

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Scott R

30 August 2018

Great BBQ huge selection and friendly staff, bring a friend to share the sampler platter with. Great brisket... plus multiple homemade sauce choices. Cozy atmosphere. Make sure you check online for their hours as they are closed 2 days a week. More...

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Karen Budelman

30 August 2018

They have the best Brisket and Mac & Cheese. The sauces are very good.

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Dean Krapf

30 August 2018

Look at the photo. That is why I love J's and drive from Watertown! Tip: put their Wildfire sauce on the Mac & Cheese!

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Cathi Hart

30 August 2018

Try the pork ribs, you will not be disappointed.

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Jennifer Cummins

30 August 2018

My favorite place!! Wonderful staff!! Amazing food :)

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Melvin Breunig

30 August 2018

Unbelievable good, can't say anything better!

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Joel Morell

30 August 2018

Good Food, Good Prices, Good Portions, and most importantly... Friendly Staff

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Doug Iverson

30 August 2018

Top notch BBQ. Excellent brisket.

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Dana Sharp

30 August 2018

Great BBQ and the most awesome selection of sides you will ever find at a BBQ place. The vegan in your group will eat well too.

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Robin Duffy

30 August 2018

Friday night - shrimp (great brisket - great shrimp). Came back down later, sat outside, and had wings while enjoying the music (The Jimmys) on the Village Green!

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Nicole Paquette

30 August 2018

Their food is delicious!

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Michael N Carrie DeMotts

30 August 2018

Awesome food,and the owners are great people with hearts of gold.

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katie gehrman

30 August 2018

Awesome food ! Definitely will be coming back for more !!!!!

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Doug Stegeman

30 August 2018

Good bbq in casual atmosphere

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Raccoon 71

30 August 2018

Wonderful food, and outstanding staff!!!

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Tera Rahn

30 August 2018

This place has the best bbq I've ever had!

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Lori Arrivo

30 August 2018

Fantastic bbq food, friendly atmosphere & good value. Cannot say enough good things about it. Come in & enjoy

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Kelly A. Burnett

30 August 2018

Exceptional BBQ, near par with Texas BBQ, highest quality in the Midwest. Make it a summer destination and you will not be disappointed.

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Jason Guderjahn

30 August 2018

Loved the food. I will be coming back for more soup.

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Antonio Godfrey

30 August 2018

Man the food was delicious. Oh the brisket was on point. Baked beans on point. Service was awesome. We were greated with a smile. It was my first time there and the staff totally helped us all . If you haven't been there I'd highly recommend you go. You won't be disappointed and the prices were reasonable More...

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Brooke Krause

30 August 2018

THE BEST food!! Great prices and a super cool dining area! I just love their pulled chicken and mac and cheese. I recommend J's 100%!! You HAVE to try it!!

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charles wrobel

30 August 2018

Incredible food. The brisket with their original sauce was amazing. The owners are wonderful people who are happy to give some time to just chat a bit. Absolutely lovely!!!! I recommend this to any of my friends who love bbq. More...

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Laura Marifke

30 August 2018

Tons of food for the money. It was so good!!!

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Jim Petersen

30 August 2018

Food was excellent and very good customer service. Rare to find a good rib place with slow smoked beef brisket. A hidden gem worth the drive to Ripon. Very nice atmosphere.

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Teri Rucinsky

30 August 2018

Yummy! Cute little restaurant. Has a line style ordering system. The lunch portions are huge! I also like the variety of sauces and the little sauce bar. I ordered the pulled pork, and it was pretty good! I prefer to sauce my own BBQ, and this came pre loaded with lots of sauce. No complaints. Staff was welcoming and service was quick! More...

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jeff radloff

30 August 2018

Great food !!

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Scott Ritger

30 August 2018

Awesome food and the best southern sweet tea. Susan and Jen make sure everything is top notch every time!

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Tammy Gutierrez

30 August 2018

AMAZING FOOD!!!!! ROCKIN PLACE TO TAKE FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!!

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Colin Neuman

30 August 2018

Fantastic brisket. Better than some of the barbeque I have had down south!

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Todd Elliott

30 August 2018

Great BBQ! Check out the vegan chili-absolutly wonderful!

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Chad Kollmann

30 August 2018

Dynamite Mac n cheese. Ribs were awesome. Overall it's really good food. Must try.

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Marian Fenlon

30 August 2018

Food was fantastic as usual. Never disappointed.

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Amy Kellum

30 August 2018

AWESOME southern BBQ and customer service

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Jeremy David Johnson

30 August 2018

Surprisingly amazing. The variety of sauces is great.

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Justin gramling

30 August 2018

Absolutely incredible brisket! Here's to hoping for a Milwaukee location!

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Deborah Paegelow

30 August 2018

Awesome service, great ribs, amazing brisket.

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W Strong

30 August 2018

Good Smokin

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Chris Scott

30 August 2018

Great variety of sides.Something to satisfy everyone.

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Cara Pedigo

30 August 2018

Very cute place and delicious food! Large portions, would recommend the ribs and pulled pork. Yummy Sauces!

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Karen Kiley

30 August 2018

Super fast service, food is wonderful

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Josiah Black

30 August 2018

I’ve eaten BBQ in every major BBQ City in the U.S. and I just enjoyed the best brisket I’ve ever had in Ripon, Wi. The pulled pork was also excellent. The Mac and Cheese was creamy and rich. Cornbread and fries were also excellent. The service was great. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. More...

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Lydia Wilson

30 August 2018

I live in Milwaukee and would drive here just to eat! Food is amazing, favorites are the mac and cheese and brisket!

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Paul Neevel

30 August 2018

GOOD BBQ

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Jackie Leupold

30 August 2018

Excellent BBQ!

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Tyler Olds

30 August 2018

Best bbq place in Wisconsin. Great food portions,.excellent choice of sides, and the environment is excellent. Lots of sauce choices, I do wish they had more BBQ sauce flavors as some of the sauces are closer to what you would put on wings and not other bbq meats.

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Paige Macrina Thompson

30 August 2018

Our experience at this establishment was absolutely outstanding! Fantastic owner (one of the two) and staff, AMAZING food that you literally cannot decline the offer of! Great atmosphere! We will be returning in the near future! We will be spreading the word! Great job J's!! More...

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Liz Tellock

30 August 2018

Menu Very confusing for first time visitor. But once figured out, it was good.

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Ken Wrobel

30 August 2018

This was excellent. I hope the people in Ripon take advantage of this restaurant. I was very impressed with the authenticity of the brisket to the brisket I am used to in Texas. The sides were excellent. The sauces were great. The owner and staff were very friendly. It's great to know when I come to Ripon for a visit I can still get some great Texas brisket! More...

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Tanya Hielke

30 August 2018

My first visit at J's BBQ! Excellent BBQ pulled pork and cowboy caviar - I would like a bit thicker cheese sauce on my mac n cheese, but that's me. Great service too.

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Jon Schmirler

30 August 2018

Excellent brisket, corn bread, sauce and cheddar mashed. Happy staff and good service. Reasonable prices for a BBQ place. This place is a solid hit.

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Mike Glod

30 August 2018

Food is always good and owners are always friendly

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Todd Rathkamp

30 August 2018

I lived in Texas for 4 years. J's is every bit as good as any of the BBQ joints I visited in Texas.

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cynthia floodstrand

30 August 2018

Great welcome! Great meal options ...tastey, prompt, relaxing atmosphere!

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Michelle Willits

30 August 2018

Amazing food and service. Fried okra? Yes, please! If you ever are in Ripon, stop by if you can.

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T Schindler

30 August 2018

Yummmmmm

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kimberly Neller Lindert

30 August 2018

Good food

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Kelly Voigt

30 August 2018

Amazing, from the food to the service to the decor to the prices... it's the best around!!

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Daniel Grimmer

30 August 2018

Always great and awesome

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Liz Barber

30 August 2018

The best BBQ I've ever had north of Chicago.

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teri dezort

30 August 2018

Great place to meet friends

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Phil Petterborg

30 August 2018

Excellent brisket & cornbread with lots of great sauce choices!

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Phillip W.

28 August 2018

We really liked this place.  Good food, great prices, clean surroundings, and a pretty friendly staff. The menu can be a bit confusing the first time through.  But it's not unfathomable.  And it lets you mix and match sides and meats in lot of ways.A bigger selection of draft beers would be nice.  Especially one that includes several Wisconsin brews that aren't New Glarus Spotted Cow.  But a $3 PBR bottle actually goes pretty well with this menu too. More...

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Eliz R.

19 August 2018

We visited last weekend after having it on our list for a long time.   Drove from Oshkosh, totally worth it. Since we didn't arrive until 8 pm we were pleasantly surprised to hear that they weren't sold out of everything!  Having lived in the South, we know that selling out means the product is legit and made daily! None the less, our pork nachos were killer- all elements shined on their own. Homemade chips, creamy cheddar sauce, and of course awesome pork.  Enjoyed the patio, and so did our doggie. We will be back- especially now that they have bacon from our favorite Farm Parkelm! More...

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Josiah B.

27 July 2018

This is the only good Restaurant in ripon.  They make the best meat Plater period. I live in Milwaukee, but this place is well worth the drive. It's my favorite restaurant, and I eat out someplace new everyday. More...

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Dan K.

27 July 2018

Great Treat. Texas BBQ in Ripon Wisconsin. The brisket was outstanding... I did the sampler plate. Was happy with all but maybe the chicken. Very Nice Surprise.

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Dennis T.

19 July 2018

Wow. Had the lunch special with beef brisket. Moist, tender and flavorful. I went back in line...I wanted to sample the pulled pork. I was shocked when they made a small slider side one, and told me it was on them. Not saying you will get a free sandwich. But, i share this story because this never happens to me. Well, I was glad I tried the pulled pork...DELICIOUS!!! More...

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SN G.

17 July 2018

We love J's. We go there almost once a week. Can't go wrong with anything there. Brisket is excellent, pulled pork, ribs, and shrimp are great as well. We love the chutney on the brisket, and ranch with the sweet potato fries. Can't beat the location downtown too. A must while visiting Ripon! More...

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Erin M.

6 July 2018

This is probably my new favorite BBQ place. The line was long (about 30 minutes on a Friday), but definitely worth the wait. I highly recommend the brisket and the corn bread was really tasty. I would like to see J's expand to Oshkosh so I can come eat here more often! More...

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Ken W.

15 June 2018

It's great to visit from Texas and get some authentic Texas BBQ. The brisket was moist with great flavor. Lots of sauces and sides to compliment the meat. They even have sweet and unsweet tea!  I'll be back next time I'm in town! More...

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A M.

10 June 2018

Excellent portion sizes. Sweet potatoes fries and the regular fries are great. The sweet coleslaw is really good too. The fish tacos are amazing. Want e overly impressed with the pulled pork or chicken wings. Got them unsauced so we could share and use different sauces and they were both kinda dry. Super cute decorated! Will definitely go back. More...

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Terry B.

1 June 2018

Very impressive!  The brisket was amazing!  Pastrami rubbed, not dry at all.  The baked beans are out of this world!!!  Great Mac & cheese.  Only negative were the wings, not smoked :(.  Everything else was terrific.  I will drive back here again!!! More...

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Jessika K.

26 May 2018

Very good BBQ! We ordered the nachos and the raspberry jalapeño chutney is AMAZING!! The brisket on the nachos was very flavorful and tender. Drinks were strong. Wish we lived closer. This place is legit! More...

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Eric G.

11 April 2018

I'm a fan of good brisket and this place had it. The shrimp was outstanding.  As we're the baked beans.

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Adrienne R.

19 March 2018

We absolutely love eating here. So affordable for our family of 6. The quality of the food is amazing. Everything is just so yummy. Atmosphere is fun and the system for ordering makes the whole process so quick and easy. More...

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Andy W.

10 February 2018

In town with some friends to see The Belle Weather play down the street.  We came to J's BBQ because my buddy raved how great it was.  Wow, was he right!I had a combo plate with the beef brisket, corn bread and mac n cheese.  I can honestly say that this was the best brisket I've ever had.  It's not super smokey and has an excellent bark with brown sugar and spices. It was tender, juicy and fork tender.  I got lucky and Jen gave me the bottom of the point, a generous 1/2 lb portion.  Sure glad we got here when we did because I was served one of the last brisket of the night.  The corn bread was really flavorful and moist.  The mac n cheese rich and creamy... simply perfect.They have a really nice sauce bar with 13 interesting home made varieties.  I picked the Jerk and Smokin' Hot.  Paired it with a large 24oz ice cold glass of Capital Amber.An incredible meal, I will be back many times in the future.  It is worth the drive from Appleton. More...

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Matt M.

17 January 2018

Places like this are the reason I like traveling for work. I came into this place hoping to find a decent lunch, and I got much more than that. It was soooo good! I ordered the lunch special, which is a meat, side, choice of bread, chips, and a drink. I got the brisket (I asked for it to be chopped), brisket baked beans, corn bread, and I added on the dirty rice because I wanted to try that as well. The brisket was super moist and tender. It had the perfect amount of bark on it, and getting it chopped just mixed all that awesomeness together. The beans were amazing. It tasted like I was eating a great beef jerky but it was beans. The rice had a spicy kick to it. The corn bread was great, especially dipped into the beans. Even the house chips were way above average. Whatever they put on them, it made me think of salt, dill, and onion. The staff was super friendly as well. They helped me order since I'd never been in before (you walk down the line and order at the butcher block). More...

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Ken J.

25 October 2017

God!  I LOVE this place!  Seriously, cool vibe, great food, and even greater people.  They are so friendly, I simply can't get over it.  Either they're acting or they're genuinely just this nice.  I think it's probably the latter.  Either way, have now been here three times (son is in college in town) and this may be my favorite place to come for lunch.  So far I've had the pulled pork (phenomenal) and the chicken (good).  Wife has had the brisket (phenomenal).  Sides are to die for, especially the sweet potato fries and the potato salad.  Baked beans are also killer.  But seriously, you can NOT go wrong.  But the best part?  The best part is the sauce bar:  They have like 10 different flavors of BBQ sauce including my favorite Thai chili.  The only reason I'm giving it four instead of five stars is the chicken has been overly dry and not very smoky.  Eh, I know, it's my fault for ordering it when I could've gone with the pork, but hey, I had to try.  Anyhoo, if you happen to be in town, give J's a try.  If you like BBQ like I do, you won't be disappointed. More...

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Chris B.

9 September 2017

We ordered the brisket on nachos (yum), and with beans, Mac and cheese, cornbread...everything was fantastic. Excellent small business. Cute interior.

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Michele D.

5 September 2017

Fantastic food  made by good people . some of the best barbecue I've ever had . The macaroni and cheese  is amazing .

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Mike Nutt

30 August 2017

Southern style food with a twist. Very relaxing atmosphere. Quick service. Great place

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Jason Kimpel

30 August 2017

Best BBQ for miles!

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Jim Breister

30 August 2017

Awesome food...

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Sheliah Altendorf

30 August 2017

My husband 's first time eating barbecue was today!! He absolutely ENJOYED every morsel!!!! I helped him with the menue. And he ordered the Brisket. MELT IN YOUR MOUTH GODNESS!!!!! I enjoyed some as well!!!!! So WORTH THE TRIP TO RIPON!!!! YUMZ!!!!!! More...

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Jake Podrasky

30 August 2017

I had the pulled pork and it was amazing. Great potion size.

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Justin Knapp

30 August 2017

For a college town restaurant, J's BBQ has it all. Amazing food with great portions for a decent price. There are plenty options to choose from and you won't go wrong with any of them.

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Lisa Brown Hunger

30 August 2017

Excellent Food and Service!

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Kirsten Cook

30 August 2017

The food was fantastic! It was our first time eating her, but the staff was phenomenal with helping us with the menu. Will definitely be back!

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Ann-Marie Larson

30 August 2017

Recently relocated to the area from Texas and this is legit real deal bbq. The sides are amazing and you can tell they are homemade. The brisket is one of the best I've ever tasted. We will definitely be back . More...

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Shawn Tunks

30 August 2017

If you they have the best damn brisket around and their wings are amazing too and make sure you try their macaroni and cheese. If I could give them a 10 star that's what they would get. Get the sampler platter and try everything you'll be so happy. More...

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Ann Kloeckner

30 August 2017

Everything was absolutely delicious !

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Dan Cardin

30 August 2017

Excellent brisket, mac and cheese that was better than I could have hoped, and beer cheese soup that, when paired with a pretzel roll, was insanely good.

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Jack Taylor

30 August 2017

Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. Try the pulled pork.

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Sam Tobias

30 August 2017

I made my first visit last week. I was a skeptic because Ripon is far from the center of the barbecue universe. On a first visit to a barbecue restaurant, I usually just order a sandwich and a side. I went for the brisket since it was on the carving table to see. It looked really, really good. I had a side of barbecued baked beans. The brisket was amazing. The beans were good. I'll be back soon. Glad to have such good barbecue so close to Fond du Lac. The 20-mile drive through America's Dairyland for great barbecue is well worth it. More...

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Raechel Kosler

30 August 2017

Excellent food and service.

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Beaner CPA

30 August 2017

Delish! A group of 4- we had the spinach salad, wings, fries, rack of ribs, chili, coleslaw, smoked chicken. Everything was terrific. The smoked chicken fell off the bone. I put parm. Garlic sauce on it. The owners are very friendly and helpful when u can't make up your mind what to get. The line was 20 deep. Loads of people wanting the brisket. They ran out of that so we will for sure try that next time. We will definitely be back. More...

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Eric Thon

30 August 2017

Pretty good BBQ. Ribs were great.

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John W Olson

30 August 2017

never had a meal I didn't enjoy!

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6t5 goat

30 August 2017

No question, best food in town

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Carrie Fix

30 August 2017

A VERY DELICIOUS place to go - the food is fantastic! A hidden gem of a restaurant - worth the drive if you don't live near Ripon.

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Frances Whitfield

30 August 2017

When we are planning to impress people with incredible homemade food and delicious barbecue and brisket I take them to this restaurant. Great Variety in their menu and their new location is the ultimate place to be for the restaurant. They have a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and a sweet tea, that is homemade tastes right out of the South! More...

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Branden Luther

30 August 2017

I eat and try alot of BBQ joints. J's BBQ is a hidden gem in Ripon, WI. The new location is amazing and their food is outstanding! Best Brisket I've ever had! The two owners are friendly as can be, I can't wait to go back. More...

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Amy Taylor

30 August 2017

awesome wings! Great new location. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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Cheryl Burrington

30 August 2017

Very relaxed, casual place with good food at good prices. The staff is great!

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Roger Truss

30 August 2017

Hard to believe a vegetarian and a nutritionist opened up a BBQ joint! Food is always superb!

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Ryan Buttke

30 August 2017

Best BBQ I've had in Wisconsin yet. Great food and quick service. Make sure to try the brisket.

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Michael Jaber

30 August 2017

This is the best place for BBQ in the Midwest. You have to try it. The story behind this place is amazing as well. Make the trip...it's so worth it!

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Heidi Jaber

30 August 2017

This place is OUTSTANDING!!! I have been many places for BBQ in my years in the military and this tops the list!!! Loved the whole experience :) I am also a foodie...all I can say is AWESOME! Thank you for bringing a place like this close to home...and for such a GOOD cause!!! More...

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Ben Kirkham

30 August 2017

This is a legit BBQ place. There's nothing too fancy, the food is good, and the portions and prices are fair. Don't expect silverware or a glass for your beer, a true BBQ joint doesn't have that. I didn't care much for the seasoning/rub on the brisket, but the meat was smoked perfectly. I always expect a little fat with brisket, but some of my family had more fat on their slices than I would have expected. The sides are all great and it's worth trying every one. Not perfect, but as close as you can get this far north. I will be back. More...

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Joan Rintelmann