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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ObiWan 9 years, 6 months ago

Not sure how familiar you are with the human body, but everything you eat is eventually pooped out. In the circle...the circle of life.

Sara Shepherd 9 years, 6 months ago

It would seem so, but you'd probably have to ask Jeff in case there's small amounts of gluten in the barbecue sauce, or the beans and slaw dressings. — Sara Shepherd, LJW

elle_color 9 years, 6 months 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!

crimsonorblue22 9 years, 6 months 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.

Virgil_Caine 9 years, 6 months 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.

marian_ashley 9 years, 6 months 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.

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