The Shed – Ocean Springs, MS – Bradley Ezell

The Shed

the shed bbq

On the way to Baton Rouge one Friday afternoon, the Mrs. and I decided to stop at a place I’d heard some word-of-mouth on…the Shed in Ocean Springs, MS. The talk I’d heard of this place actually had more to do with the music they bring in rather than the BBQ. Bigger blues acts like the North Mississippi Allstars and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have performed here.
We decided to call ahead and get our food to-go so that pretty much ruled out anything messy like ribs or chicken. After a quick perusal of their online menu, I decided on the large brisket sandwich and my wife got the regular pork sandwich. We both got the macaroni salad as our sides as the lady taking our order said it was very good.
When I first walked into the place I immediately thought of the Flora-Bama lounge. It’s a very patchwork-looking structure with lots of pictures, memorabilia and Christmas lights hanging everywhere. You could tell these folks had hosted a festival or two as their stage area is very open with lots of parking all around.
My brisket sandwich came with their signature sweet, tomato-based sauce covering the meat but not enough to drench. The meat had been roughly chopped and was very tender. The sweet sauce makes a nice complement to the smoky brisket and I devoured the whole thing in a few minutes. The mac salad was very rich and creamy with sour cream and mayo and had some diced bell pepper (I think) to go along with the large pasta shells. My wife’s pork sandwich was your basic chopped pork sandwich. Not unique and certainly not disappointing. All in all, a successful stop and I definitely plan on returning to this laid back dive for some good blues music and good swine.

The Shed
7501 Hwy 57
Ocean Springs, MS (I-10, Exit 57)
www.theshedbbq.com

What are your thoughts?

9 Responses to “The Shed – Ocean Springs, MS – Bradley Ezell”

  1. on 11 Jan 2009 at 5:20 pm Dan Therrell

    My wife, Carol, and I made the hour drive from Fairhope, AL over to Ocean Springs yesterday to eat at the Shed for an early dinner. We’d been looking forward to making a trip over to The Shed for the past few weeks, because we’d heard so many good reports on the BBQ. Our friend, Lisa Mills, has played the blues over there several times, so I knew the proprietors had good taste in music!

    We found that the location is convenient, right off I-10 on Hwy57. And it’s easy to gas up at the Shell Station across the street!

    First Impression: The Shed a’int much to look at. Perhaps a “dive” is a couple of notches better looking. I dare say that a few folks might decide not to eat here, if what a place looks like is a big factor. But that would be a mistake.

    Be prepared that this place seems to be primarily a bar that happens to serve great BBQ. Inside seating is limited. And smoking is allowed indoors. Sorry, but not having a no-smoking area is a real turn-off to me in any restaurant situation. But we were not about to leave without getting some ‘cue. Luckily we were able to find a table in a back corner that was away from all the smokers. I will say there’s lots of seating outdoors, but it was rainy and cold yesterday, so dining outdoors was not an option. It looks like it would be the best choice for non-smokers when the weather is real nice.

    We deliberated over the menu which offers a Full Bay Back Plate (whole rack plus 3 sides), Combo Plate (2 meats, 2 sides) for $11.99, a Sampler Platter (some of everything and 3 sides) $16.99 and a Jumbo Sampler for $19.99 and various other plates.

    In the end, we decided to order the pulled pork plate, $8.50, and the baby back ribs, $10.99. Each came with 2 sides, so between us, we had all 4 sides: potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans and cole slaw.

    Of the two meals, we definitely liked the pulled pork the best. It was awesome taste-wise and a nice-size portion as well. The ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender, and very tasty, but I thought the rib portion size was a little skimpy for the price, about 4-5 small ribs was all. Each of these plates could be made Jumbo for $1.50 extra. I would go that way next time if I ordered the same things.

    However, on the next visit, (yes, there will be one!) I will definitely go for the Sampler Platter in order to get a taste of the chicken, brisket, and sausage, along with pork and ribs.

    The sides we ranked in order of favs as: #1) potato salad – fantastic #2) pasta salad -ditto #3) beans #4) slaw. Don’t get me wrong, they were all good! Again, the portions could have been a little more generous in my opinion. They were about what I would expect for a lunch special. Maybe that’s what the intention is for the regular plates.

    There were no dessert items on the menu. I expected to see banana puddin’ or blackberry cobbler, or something equal.

    A band was doing sound checks when we left. Looked like the place would be rockin’ on a Saturday night. But we needed to get back to Fairhope for other plans.

    I would rate the whole experience as “one not to miss”. You may become a hard-core ShedHead!

  2. on 31 Jan 2009 at 1:59 pm Herb Hervet

    What are your hours and are you open every day? I want to drive over from Mobile but I want to be sure you are open, Thanks

    Herb Hervet
    Mobile

  3. on 20 Feb 2009 at 2:30 pm Michelle

    Hi,
    I saw your establishment on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, you look awesome. I have family near there, so I enlisted them to try you out!!! Excellent reviews. My husband and I plan to visit our next time back home, we now live in Jacksonville, Fl.

    Hands down, the rave were your pulled pork, ribs and mac salad. Do you give any basic groundwork for your mac salad, or is it confidential? I would like to attempt to simulate it, if I could get the basic ingredients. If possible, please forward to myself @ chateaujarrell@bellsouth.net.

    Thanks for your attention, hope to see you in April!!!

    Michelle

  4. on 28 Apr 2009 at 11:51 am Joy Sanders Rigaud

    What a wonderful experience!! We attended the Saturday night show with Scott Holt. Your place is fantastic, as was Scott Holt!! The whole set-up is great…great food, great blues entertainment, great atmosphere, great people and great service. We will be back, soon. Oh, the evening only became better when Scott handed Max his guitar and proceeded to to let him play.

  5. on 16 Aug 2009 at 4:33 pm Gary W. Orrison

    Brad&Linda, Saw ya both on theBBQ cookoff, and what a surprize another ORRISON. Your resturant sounds GREAT, as amatter a fact my wife Carol & I are hoping to come down your way in mid Oct. Please let us know if the Shed will be open and really want to meet ya all. So please email me at some point thanks a bunch Gary

  6. on 25 Jun 2010 at 8:54 pm ladonza

    we visited the oceans springs shed today for the first time and enjoyed it!Loved the camp ground right by it.You can spend the weekend and enjoy the shed along with the coast!

  7. on 22 Jul 2010 at 10:35 am Linda Orrison

    Hello all!!
    Just found this blog. (I’m a little slow on surfing). Thank you all for your wonderful comments!
    And especially you Bradley for starting this blog.

    The Shed now has grown to 7. We have Shed’s (which I might add that “no two look alike,” of course they can’t because the law wouldn’t allow us to build another one like the original!) We like to say they are “uniquely different, but uniquely the same”. The same great sauce (which is now being made at our “Saucery”), the same slow smoked meats and sides. You will know that you are in a Shed when you walk through the doo, not only by the aroma, but the junkadelic look and the rope lights.

    Our locations are: Destin, Florida… Mobile, Alabama… Ocean Springs, Ms…. Gulfport, Ms. Scott, La…our Rollin’ Joint vending cart in Austin, Tx. and in just a couple months Hattiesburg, Ms! Yall come! You won’t be disappointed!

  8. on 22 Jul 2010 at 10:40 am Linda Orrison

    The Shed is open 7 days a week, from 11am until 9pm on Sunday – Thursdays 11am until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. Live Blues onSaturdays 7 -10 Depending on the season and location Live blues on Thurs, Friday and Sunday. Go to http://www.theshedbbq.com to see listings for each location.

    All Shed’s are inside smoke free! The Shed is a FamilyFoodDrinkery so bring the kids!

  9. on 02 Aug 2010 at 9:59 am Ron McKiddy

    I watch Dinners-Drive Ins and Dives. So when Guy did his BBQ shows, I took interests in DDD.. Seeing how I have had BBQ at places from outside Ft Hood, TX, to Ft Rucker Al, across the USA, to the many places in Cincinnati, I perked up when I saw The Shed.

    My son is a Navy Seabee at the NMCB Base in Gulfport, Ms. In 2008 I cashed in some flight miles and spent a few days with him. Yes the first place I wanted to visit- if visit is the right word- was The Shed. We went on a Friday night. So had to park at the Shell station and walk across to The Shed. Yes we had to wait in line about 45 minutes. Once inside we had the choice of the two lines. I went with the Full Rack Plate, my son took the Jumbo Sampler.

    It was all that DDD and Guy said the place was. I loved the whole strange feel The Shed oozes. It was the kind of place I Knew I would find GREAT BBQ. The employees all were down to earth, the crowd was a laid back fun crowd. Then my son and I found a place to sit. Outside under the stars. WELL it was not long before we heard \a wait staff person yelling SUPERMAN Order For Superman. Yeah my son had put down the Superman Name. So we got the food and I was in Heaven.

    It was all the show said and more. I flew back down in in June of this year., 2010. I was at the Shed that same night. I even bought a Great Rack t Shirt for my wife. Both visits 08 and 10..

    I can only find one place in Cincinnati that comes close to What The Shed makes. Walt’s BBQ on Colerain Ave, in Cincy. NO Not Montgomery Inn. Ribs suck, with the sauce being what brings the people in. I want RIBS, Not Sauce. So The Shed is the place I will want to hit when I am in that part of Mississippi. Had I the money, I would open a SHED in my part of Cincy.

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