Barbecue chefs identify themselves by the signature flavors of their sauces, which they brush onto slabs of meat and hand to police officers during routine traffic stops. Sample handcrafted piquancy with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of southern barbecue fare off the business-luncheon menu for pickup or delivery from Willie B.'s Memphis BBQ Catering in New Hope. Delivery is free within New Hope, Crystal, Golden Valley, and Robbinsdale; a $25 charge may apply outside those areas.
Third-generation barbecue master Willie J. Bridgeforth III, owner of Willie B.'s Memphis BBQ Catering, has traveled from Mississippi to Memphis learning to prepare authentic southern barbecue for catered events. The business-luncheon menu ($9–$12/person) boasts five combo options with seasoned meat that marinates for 24 hours, smokes for eight hours with three woods, is basted with an 18-ingredient sauce, and scored a 1430 on the SATs. The combos sate luncheon-goers with two side dishes, including creamy coleslaw, Memphis mac 'n' cheese, or Susie Q.'s southern baked beans. Generous helpings of cornbread help sop up leftover sauce from crispy chicken, pork chops, or racks of pork ribs that can form the centerpiece of a corporate get-together or post-LARPing dragonfeast.
Mixers of business and barbecued pleasure can also add a side order of barbecue chicken wings ($35 for 50 pieces) or wash down lunch plates with cold drinks ($1/can). Business-lunch orders must be placed one week in advance, and include plates, plastic utensils, and napkins or wet naps for removing barbecue-sauce portraits of Elvis off conference-room tables.
Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope
4301 Quebec Ave. N
New Hope, Minnesota 55428