I had been contemplating whether or not to do any local business reviews on this page and had mostly decided not to do any local writing because I wanted to keep this page geared towards product and book reviews for Amazon and a handful of other national type businesses. Well, that all changed as of last Friday.
We were having friends over for lunch on Saturday and I thought I would stop by this new BBQ joint here in Leesville, LA and pick up a little yardbird for part of our meal. Now before I go any further I need to interject a little something for those of you who are following my Weight Loss Journey on this page; I need you guys to know that I take a cheat-day off of my diet every Saturday, so don’t stone me for what you are about to read.
Now that that is taken care of I’ll move on.
When I first pulled into the drive-thru (it is drive-thru only. No seating at this time), the all familiar smell of a wood-fired pit found its way into my car. I was not upset with that. I pulled up to the window to get my order (I called my order in prior to getting there) and Carla, the sweet lady working the window asked me to pull around back while they got my order ready. I had ordered two half chicken orders. One half chicken comes with 2 half chickens, so my order was actually the equivalent of 2 whole birds. It also came with sides, and we only asked for potato salad.
I had pulled around to the back of the building by the outdoor grilling area. I had to get out and take a peek at their setup. All I can say is it is a grillmaster’s dream! Not only the equipment, but the smells coming out of there were to die for. Rocky Gattis, the owner, saw me snooping around and came out to talk (really just to make sure I wasn’t hooking his Grill Trailer to my car). Both Rocky and the Carla lady are very pleasant people. But I wasn’t there for pleasantries, I came for the BBQ. I asked him for a sample of his BBQ sauce.
Before I tell you about the sauce, let me first explain that I am in no way an expert on BBQ Sauce, or much of anything else for that matter. BUT, I have had the opportunity to eat BBQ at some joints in towns who are famous for great BBQ. Chicago, Kansas City, Memphis, and all over Texas just to name a few. As a truck driver for 17 I used that time on the road to sample a whole bunch of BBQ. Still, I am no expert, but I do have a good point of reference on the subject.
Back to the sauce. Rocky has been training with and competing against some of the greatest grillmasters in the business. He has done well in many of the competitions he has participated in. I tell you that so that you will know he is not serving his customers Heinz or Sweet Baby Ray’s. But don’t ask him for the recipe. I’m afraid if he told you he may feel compelled to make sure you never repeated it to anyone…..EVER! Let me just say this about his champion BBQ sauce. Once it hit my tongue my first reaction was “wow thats sweet” and then almost instantly my tongue started tasting every other nuance Rocky has designed into it. I was like “HOLY COW! What is this???!!!” I was experiencing sweet, tangy, and spicy simultaneously. It was delicious. I honestly have never had a BBQ quite like his.
But then I swallowed it, and just when I thought the whole thing was over, something hit the taste buds in back forty. There was a smokey flavor afterkick. It was like, OHHHHH YEAHHH!
I hope Battered Men’s BBQ is around for many many years. I wish Rocky, Carla, and Carl (Grillmaster #2) all the best. I know that the good folks of Leesville, LA are gonna treat them right.
ps The tater salad was pretty good too!
**DISCLAIMER** This is not a paid recommendation or review of this business. This is my honest opinion of this establishment.