”We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” –Anaïs Nin
That was the question the very first time we pulled up to The Shed in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Even after parking the car and getting out, I still wasn’t sure I was in the right place, and if I was, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be! After parking in a gravel lot, you are facing what looks to be a nailed together pile of junk. Funny thing is, you are! As a young man, proprietor Brad Orrison loved dumpster diving and collecting what most people would call junk. Not wanting to get rid of his rather large collection of odds and ends, Brad had an epiphany. He was going to build a takeout bbq joint. With help from his sister, Brooke, his collection quickly became a building. After practicing the bbq’ing and opening The Shed they made it a family affair and continued to grow. Having eaten the bbq, the Shed customers, now affectionately known as Shedheds, began bringing more junk to help build on additions so they could have a place to sit, and volunteered to help Brad and Brooke in any way they could. Thanks to the Orrison family and those Shedheds, Ocean Springs has some of the best bbq in one of the strangest places I have ever had. The building, if that’s what you could call it, is very unique with the gravel floor and random junk walls but don’t let that run you off. Come in, enjoy the uniqueness of the place and grab some food, because what they serve here is heaping plates of deliciousness! While I have enjoyed their wings, brisket, pulled pork and ribs, I am a huge fan of their pork nachos (typically ordered meat and cheese only because there is NO WAY I could eat all myself and I have picky eaters). This is a MUST stop for us any time we are in South Mississippi or heading to New Orleans. Other than not being a huge fan of their sides, this place is just about as perfect as you can get if you are looking for some good southern bbq. So pull up a picnic table, grab a glass of sweet iced tea, and get saucy!