BBQ takes Parker John’s to new level
By Gina Kabat

Welcome to the pig pen!

Parker John’s BBQ and Pizza owners in Kiel continue to welcome you to their latest smoking good creation.

Surely they know how to prepare little piggies for market and when the smoke clears, it’s right to the dinner table for all the other hungry bellies, big or small.

Rub them the wrong way? Impossible. Aaron and Jen Sloma take great pride in their special seasonings and flavors added to their choice cuts of pork, beef and turkey. All meats get the rub down treatments before basking in a six-hour smoke, flavored slowly and to perfection. Nearly 80 pounds of meat are freshly smoked each day, ready for orders in the restaurant or carryout and deliveries. Shredded pork is among the most popular orders. Ribs and pulled pork are served with their house BBQ sauce while the smoked turkey and beef brisket are served naked. Ample menu choices are available at the restaurant, take-out or for home delivery.

Not sure how to dig in? How about some pig skins for starters? Nothing beats these lightly fried potato skins, topped with diced green onions, BBQ pulled pork, BBQ sauce, bacon and cheddar cheese. Smokehouse quesadillas wrap up all the savory flavors of your choice of smoked brisket or pulled pork, haystack onion rings, cheese, BBQ sauce, tomatoes and pickles. Think this is something to take flight? Then, you definitely have to try the Hawg Wings, which begs the question if pigs really do have wings.

Since last October, the Slomas decided to take the former Parker John’s Pizzeria to another level, offering delicious smoked BBQ items for Kiel and the surrounding areas. Keeping many of the popular pizza items on the menu, they continue to serve families their specialty items like their signature Kitchen Sink, Ca r n ivo r e, BLT and Tailgater pizzas. For them, it’s not a sticky situation, offering the best of both worlds, and one they’re willing to sink their teeth into.

Overwhelming feedback

The feedback so far has been overwhelming. “We’ve had many customers say this is the absolute best pulled pork they have ever eaten,” Aaron stated. Several other recent positive comments include comparisons to nationally known BBQ franchises and authentic southern Texas cooking. “We’re very proud of our product and spent a great deal of time perfecting the process, bringing quality BBQ to the tables of families and friends,” Aaron added. At the restaurant he is assisted by Manager Alex Jenson and Lead Cook Courtney Woods.

The new menu was developed with the community in mind and offers something different, yet affordable and tasty to patrons who have come to expect the high quality of food and service in a casual atmosphere. “We feel that although the restaurant’s menu has changed, it holds the friendly family atmosphere we want for our customers,” Jen stated. Inside, sturdy, festive picnic tables allow families to gather and large groups

Nicole Vlietstra of Parker John’s BBQ and Pizza is ready to serve up some delicious selections on the menu.

to enjoy all that Parker John’s BBQ & Pizza has to offer.

Check the Sandwich Board for lunch. All sandwiches are served with French fries or sweet potato fries and pickle planks. Try the Carolina BBQ Sandwich, a mouthwatering display of hickory smoked pulled pork covered in coleslaw, topped with haystack onion rings served

on a Telera roll. Chicken breast more to your liking? Try it grilled or lightly breaded and fried. House smoked breast of turkey on grilled Texas toast with Thousand Island dressing, coleslaw and Swiss cheese makes for a

tasty Turkey Reuben sandwich.

Parker John’s BBQ & Pizza also offers carry-out or delivery for your party or gathering. Choose from BBQ full or half racks of ribs, and pulled pork, smoked turkey and smoked brisket by the pound. Side orders of baked beans, coleslaw or potato salads are also available by the pint or quart.

Food packages for big groups

Having a party? Four food packages serving five to 45 persons are also customized per your personal preference and need.

Children’s meals such as Macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, chicken strips, and pizza are also available and come with fries and a drink.

Wings Wednesdays are offered every Wednesday at Parker John’s from 11 a. m. to 9 p. m. This includes all you-can-eat Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings spun in any of Parker John’s six homemade sauces: Mild, Hot, Jack Daniels, Honey BBQ, Teriyaki or Parmesan Garlic.

Leave your bib at home? No problem, in fact, paper-toweling dispensers are within arms reach at every table. So, pull yourself up to their table for a pulled-pork sandwich or full rack of ribs, you’ll be glad you didn’t stay home.

Parker John’s BBQ and Pizza is open for lunch and dinner. New hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a. m. to 9 p. m.; and Sundays, 11 a. m. to 8 p. m. Parker John’s is located at 819 Service

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Rd., Kiel and by calling 894-7499. Visit www.parkerjohns.comto learn more about gift certificates and loyalty reward points for both Parker John’s BBQ and Pizza and Millhome Supper Club, both establishments owned and operated by the Sloma family.