Off the Beaten Plate: Pig Pie at Mr. Bacon BBQ

The Pig Pie at Mr. Bacon BBQ, 846 Illinois St.

The Pig Pie at Mr. Bacon BBQ, 846 Illinois St.


The Pig Pie at Mr. Bacon BBQ, 846 Illinois St.

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Jeff Frye conjured up his idea for the Pig Pie during a night out with friends at 23rd Street Brewery. Once he deciphered all the notes he’d scribbled on little yellow pieces of paper, he knew he was on to something.

Frye calls his Pig Pie a “perfectly balanced meal in a boat.” It’s a paper carryout boat filled with layers of most everything there is to love about barbecue restaurants: pulled pork, Fritos, barbecue beans, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, Frye’s Rock Chalk Red barbecue sauce, sweet-and-spicy coleslaw (it’s fresh and crispy, no mayo) and — his business’s signature ingredient — bacon.

Where to get it: Mr. Bacon BBQ, 846 Illinois St. — but there’s a small weekly window of opportunity. Mr. Bacon is primarily a catering company but sells to-go orders from 11 a.m. to 1 or 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. To catch their “pop-up” operation at a public event, watch their Facebook page.

What you’ll pay: $7

Try it with: This dish already contains pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. If anything, squeeze on a little extra barbecue sauce.

Also on the menu: Pulled pork or brisket sandwiches, weekly specials and other barbecue dishes, including the fan-favorite barbecue burrito with pork and slaw.

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marian_ashley 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I am not a BBQ fan in general really, except for this. I think it is literally the only meat I crave. Mr. Bacon RULES! Did someone already say catch them at the Thursday Cottin's Farmers Market pretty regularly? Because you should.


Virgil_Caine 10 months, 3 weeks ago

The pig pies are fun and different, but what really sets Mr. Bacon apart from the other Q in town is their sauce. Their meat and sides are great, of course, but very few places around here (including KC) have sauces as good as theirs, and all them compliment the flavors they use in their rubs perfectly.


crimsonorblue22 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Love this place! Our family loves BBQ so we try to hit this place every chance we get. By far the best BBQ in Lawrence! Jeff is super nice, great service. We highly recommend it.


elle_color 10 months, 3 weeks ago

The chick pie is delicious too! and I will never get tired of the bbq burrito. or the nachos when they're at Conroys Pub! or the pulled pork. that mac and cheese is amazing. oh and the good!


jalopy 10 months, 3 weeks ago

average bbq.had better had worse.


anonymous88 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Does anyone know if it is gluten free?


Mark English 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Wouldn't do it... gave me the runs!


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