Enjoying Barbecue and Blues in Little Bavaria

The tastes and sounds of Southern traditions are close to home at Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus.

Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus was born from owner Jim Jones’ desire to bring the same kind of high-quality barbecue and blues music he experienced during his extensive travels to the country’s best smokehouses and blues joints back with him to the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Jones set up shop in Frankenmuth in the fall of 2014 and has been offering the region award-winning, dry-rub barbecue, paired with a bluesy, rockin’ attitude, ever since.

“Everything we serve at Slo’ Bones is made fresh in-house,” says manager Tina Schmitt. “We’re blessed to have a wonderful pit master, Richard Bourdow, who oversees the smoking of all of our meats, and our head chef, Fred Hannah, who makes all of our delicious side dishes fresh daily. They’re both remarkable at their jobs and add so much to the Slo’ Bones experience.”

The restaurant serves all sorts of your barbecue favorites, such as pulled pork, chicken, ribs, sausage, turkey, brisket, burnt ends, and jumbo chicken wings. Each of these favorites is smoked for a minimum of four hours in a hardwood smoker.

“Our brisket is to die for and spends at least nine hours in the smoker,” describes Schmitt. “Our ribs recently won the 2014 Rockin’ Ribs Fest, and our fabulous jumbo chicken wings took home the gold in the King of Wings competition. We’re hoping for repeat performances again this year.”

Wings Wednesdays are quickly becoming the restaurant’s biggest night. The smoked jumbo wings are $1 each, with no minimum (or maximum) order. On a recent Wednesday, the staff served guests a whopping 1,196 jumbo wings.

Guests looking for a full meal can grab the Slo’ Combo, which includes the choice of any two meats plus two sides for $16.99, or upgrade to the Big Slo’ and get three meats with three sides for $21.99. Homemade sides include sweet potato mash, grilled corn on the cob, fries, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato fries, and more. Slo’ Bones also serves homemade sweet potato pie, fruit cobbler, and brownie sundaes.

Weekends bring the blues to the barbecue experience, with live music rocking the joint every Friday and Saturday night. The full bar ensures that you’re never thirsty during your stay. Whenever you visit, the staff offers quality smoked barbecue along with some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality.

Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus, 175 E Jefferson St, Frankenmuth, 989-262-8681, www.slobonessmokehaus.com. Hours: Sunday – Thursday (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Friday – Saturday (11 p.m. – 1 a.m.).