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New on the BBQ Scene: Dubois Grocery & BBQ

Chances are, if you aren’t familiar with the Flowood area or drive down a certain stretch of Flowood Drive on a regular basis, you may not know about the new barbecue place we’ve been keeping under wraps: Dubois Grocery & BBQ.

Now that deer season is in full swing, I frequently find myself in the “hunter’s widow” scenario on the weekends. This particular Saturday, it was just my two-year-old son and me. It was a beautiful fall day, so I decided a barbecue lunch date would be the perfect food adventure for the two of us.

As my son and I made our way up the wooden ramp that leads to the double screen-door entrances of Dubois Grocery & BBQ, we were greeted by Ed Cummins, one of the owners. He gave us a warm welcome as he held the door open and instructed us to sit anywhere we wanted.

Stepping into Dubois Grocery & BBQ is like stepping into a small town country diner. You may remember eating at places like this growing up, back when little towns still had a thriving town square and where lunch counters were the place to enjoy a cup of coffee and hear the latest gossip. There aren’t many places like that left nowadays. But as soon as you walk into Dubois, you feel right at home.

Ed took down our drink orders and left me to look over the menu. They have the typical items like sandwiches, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and sausage. But they also have plate lunch specials available throughout the week like country-fried steak, smoked or fried pork chops, meatloaf, fried chicken, and fried catfish. Sides include macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, hand cut fries, sweet potato fries, baked beans, and fried okra. I could see I was going to have a hard time making a decision.

I decided my son and I would share a pulled pork sandwich and an order of sweet potato fries. While we waited for our food, we checked out some of the old memorabilia that lined the wall. The restaurant is housed in an old country grocery store built in the late 1940’s that closed sometime in the 1980’s. I would later find out from Ed that everything used to decorate the interior were items recovered from the store after Ed and co-owner Tim Bennett purchased the building.

A short time later, Ed brought out a huge mound of pulled pork piled on top of a bun and a generous serving of crinkle-cut sweet potato fries. I was relieved that I had decided my son and I would share, because there was no way I was eating all this myself. The sandwich had big chunks of pork in it. A few pieces had that yummy crispy char, and the sandwich was slathered in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. My son, in typical two-year-old fashion, was only interested in the fries, which were not too sweet and had just the right amount of crunch. That was fine with me. That meant I could devour this sandwich all by myself.

Even though I was pretty full after the sandwich, I knew I couldn’t write a proper review without trying one of their desserts. So I ordered a slice of key lime pie. I wasn’t sure if my son would eat key lime pie, but it didn’t take me long to discover that he loved it. I may have eaten that sandwich by myself, but he wasn’t giving me much room on the pie.

I asked Ed about how they smoked their meats and he revealed that they use oak. He also mentioned that they do take-out orders and catering, including smoked turkeys (hint, hint, Thanksgiving is around the corner!).

My entire lunch plus dessert only cost around $7. I know my husband is going to be sorry he missed out on this lunch date, but that just gives me an excuse to come back and eat here again.

FOOD: Excellent! These guys know how to smoke meat, and they do barbecue right.

SERVICE: Very good. Both the owners – Tim and Ed – were very nice and personable and made us feel right at home.

ATMOSPHERE: Comfortable. From the paper plates and napkins to the oilcloth tablecloths, you don’t have to worry about looking foolish if you get barbecue sauce all over your face.

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Dubois Grocery & BBQ
3350 Flowood Drive
Flowood, MS 39232
(601) 932-7772
Price: $

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25 Responses to New on the BBQ Scene: Dubois Grocery & BBQ

  1. Gillian November 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Been wanting to try this place, I see it all the time. Excited for its great review!

  2. Casey November 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this place. JXN needs more great BBQ!!!

  3. AL November 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I never win anything

  4. Janae November 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Gotta try this, looks good!!

  5. Nick November 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Such a cool location. Hope everyone goes!!

  6. Baron November 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Thank goodness for more BBQ in town. The more we can get, the better!

  7. Matthew November 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a place to compare hickory pit to. Looks like I found it.

  8. Jonathan November 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I drive past this every day on my way to work, but have never tried it. I believe you have inspired me to give it a go!

  9. Russell November 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I had not heard of this place. I will definitely stop by!

  10. Ashten Chatham November 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Love barbecue and can’t wait to try this place!

  11. msu_scrappy November 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    the ribs, the bbq pork, the fried okra, and sweet potato fries are all pretty fantastic, and the old-style decor is worth a look while in for the food. definitely check it out.

  12. Rachel November 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Surely will have to try this!!!!!

  13. Ada November 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    They are delicious! One of my new favorite BBQ places!!!

  14. Bob Wilson November 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    You just can’t have too much BBQ. Can’t wait to try this out!

  15. Nick Maisel November 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    This will absolutely be one place we will keep on our short list of places to try. This place certainly belongs in Mississippi.

  16. Stephanie Barnett November 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Sounds great! Can’t wait to try it!

  17. Shelia November 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Sounds great! Always looking for some good BBQ & a new place to try.

  18. William November 18, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Can’t ever have too many BBQ choices

  19. VANAEE DUBOIS-PATRICK November 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    SACRED GROUND TO ME! MY GRANDMA AND GRANDPA OWNED AND OPERATED THE STORE THAT NOT ONLY SOLD GROCERIES BUT EVERYTHING FROM CLOTHES TO KEROSENE FOR LAMPS , USED FOR LIGHT IN THE “GOOD OLE DAYS”. THEY ALSO SERVED A “SIT DOWN”, “PASS THE BOWL” LUNCH, VEGETABLES THAT MY GRANDPA GREW IN A GARDEN BEHIND THE STORE. WALKING THRU THE FRONT TODAY, I FEEL THE LOVE AND COMFORT I FELT AS A CHILD. MANY THANKS TO ED AND TIM FOR THE DELICIOUS FOOD AND HEART-WARMING HOSPITALITY GIVEN IN THE SAME MANNER MY GRANDPARENTS GAVE FOR SO MANY YEARS. MY HUSBAND TONY ABSOLUTELY LOVES THE RED BEANS AND RICE!!

  20. Corey November 19, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Yeah, I need to go by there. My wife’s had the food before and loved it.

  21. Allie November 28, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    I need to try this! It’s so hard to find good barbecue in or near Jackson that’s not cooked at home!

  22. Betty H November 28, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Food is wonderful as you said. I got the sampler platter for my son in law and smoked chicken green salads for my daughter and myself. The Cummings are so friendly and accomodating. If you don’t try it you are missing out!!!! :-)

  23. Cathy Ambrose November 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I’ve been to Dubois BBQ several times and have enjoyed the food every time! Great atmosphere, great service, great blue plate specials, great bbq, great key lime pie, great prices, and great service!

  24. Ron Blaylock January 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Been there twice now, once solo and once with the whole family. Both times the food and service were great. So nice to have a place to eat when I have to go to Flowood that isn’t a chain or a place trying to be a chain. It’s now my go-to spot when I’m in Rankin Co.

  25. Paul August 30, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Looks amazing. Not enough good BBQ around the Metro

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