Barbecue is one of my favorite foods, really good barbecue, that is. The pork, beef or chicken has to be smoked slowly for hours over hickory, mesquite or other wood that adds a smoky flavor. The smoked meat must be juicy, not dry. I have found some great barbecue restaurants in the South, but they are a rare find north of the Mason-Dixon Line and east of the Mississippi River. So I was thrilled when we discovered Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill in Brownsburg, Indiana.
Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill History
Harold Cottongim first went into the barbecue business in 1961. Fifty-five years and several businesses later, Harold is still at it. He co-owns the Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill with his son Eric. Eric’s interests lie both in the car racing and in the restaurant business. He had catered at Indianapolis Raceway Park (now Lucas Oil Raceway) for over 25 years. It isn’t surprising, therefore, that Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill, located down the street from the Lucas Oil Raceway, has a racing theme.
Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill Food
I wanted to try as many different meats as possible, so Skip and I split the four meat combination platter. We chose ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausage. The only meat we didn’t try was the chicken. For sides we opted for the BBQ baked beans plus macaroni and cheese. The meal is also served with Texas toast, and we started with a house salad.
Another dish the restaurant is known for is Frank & Mary’s Original Recipe Catfish. For 66 years Frank and Mary’s Catfish House was a tradition in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana. Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill continues the tradition using Frank and Mary’s recipe. Harold insisted we try the catfish and had some brought to our table. The fish is served on the bone, not filleted. Unfortunately, we finished it before I even thought to take a picture! I’m usually not much of a catfish eater, but this was tender and much milder than other catfish I’ve had. I admit I really enjoyed it.
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Already full from all I had eaten, Harold encouraged us to try the cobbler. How could I turn down the warm berries contrasting with cold vanilla ice cream? It’s one of my favorites. Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill changes the cobbler flavor weekly.
If you go
Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill, located at 932 E Main Street in Brownsburg, Indiana, is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check the website for the full menu and other details.
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Disclosures: My visit to Pit Stop Barbecue and Grill was hosted by the restaurant and Visit Hendricks County. Our meal was complimentary; however, all opinions in this article are my own.
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