- Corner of Saginaw & Cawood
- Lansing, MI
- (517) 333-9287
- No Known Website
“You had the rest, now taste the best” and “taste tells the story” are two phrases you see a lot around the van that doubles as a BBQ shop that sits in the parking lot of American Print and Copy on Saginaw Highway. Curtis is proud of his barbecue and with good reason. I had seen a couple reviews for Curtis Famous Barbecue on the web, but I really wasn’t sure where it was. I was driving on Saginaw Highway one day last week and started smelling it long before I saw it.
My girlfriend and I were being lazy and laying around watching TV one Saturday afternoon. About one o’clock, she said something about being hungry and after seeing Curtis out cooking one day, I really wanted to try it. I was able to find the intersection he usually sits at and put that in the GPS. The thing about Curtis Famous Barbecue is it’s not a restaurant. It’s an old delivery van that Curtis drives there each day and because it’s mobile, he can bring his smoker to fairs and festivals in the area.
When we pulled into the parking lot, there were a couple people already in line which gave us a chance to look over the menu which includes all the BBQ favorites. We both love pulled pork and decided jus to get that. Once we got up to the window, we were greated by Curtis who wouldn’t take our order until he knew how we were doing. After a little small talk, Curtis piled his pulled pork onto a couple of oversized hamburger buns, wrapped them in foil and bagged them up. We also each got a can of pop. Our total for two sandwiches and two drinks was $12.
Since there were no tables, we jumped back in the truck and drove to the Lansing City Market and parked the truck then headed to a picnic table along the river to eat our sandwiches. It was terrible having to smell that delicious smoked pork and not being able to dive into it right away. We got to the river and I dove right in. I’m not sure if I even took the foil off. I just wanted to get to the sandwich. The pork was perfectly cooked and you could see the smoke ring in some of the outer pieces. The bbq sauce was sweat and thin enough to come out of a squeeze bottle. It was a very Carolina style sandwich which makes sense. The town listed on the side of his trailer is in North Carolina. The pork was pulled a little too thick for my girlfriends taste, but I loved it. You could tell that this was hand pulled and recently done
Since we’ve been here, I’ve been asking people where the good BBQ joints are. No one has given me an answer. Back in Peoria, there were at least six local, neighborhood BBQ joints all the time. Some of them would come and go, but someone else would jump in the same building and try their hand at it. I’ve never lived in a place where you couldn’t get good BBQ, so I’m real glad to have found Curtis. He’s only out there four days and week and when the food runs out, he has to pack up and go home, but at least there’s a place that does real BBQ in town!