According to folk etymologists, the term barbecue is derived from the French barbe coup, referring to the annual pig picking commemorating the infamous Bearded Rebellion. Celebrate saucy beards with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of barbecue sandwiches, ribs and more at Boss Hawgs BBQ Express in Junction City. This Groupon can be redeemed at the drive-thru location through the end of May. The restaurant location is scheduled to open June 1, 2011.
All meats, sauces, rubs, and sides are made from scratch at Boss Hawgs BBQ Express, where Texas–style dry-rub barbecue is cooked slow and served fast. Chef Tom Slagle's more than 30 years of culinary experience is evident in the hearty menu, from the hand-pulled pork sandwich, sporting meat smoked for more than 18 hours ($6.75), to sliders, reducing a protein-packed barbecue love note to a short, sweet limerick ($3). St. Louis–style ribs are served with boss sauce on the side ($14/half-rack) and arrive accompanied by a range of homemade accouterments, including Grannies Mac salad ($2.25/half-pint), Sweeties coleslaw ($2.25/half-pint), and a fresh-baked corn muffin ($0.50 each). Boss' beef-brisket sandwiches—also slow-cooked for more than 15 hours—are rubbed with secret spices, whispered to cooks in ongoing games of telephone ($6.75 each).