Recently during my travels I had the pleasure of stopping by Prized Pig BBQ, which is a small down home comfy place in Niles, MI. I found out about this place and it’s owner Jeremy Vohwinkle, from The BBQ Brethren, a forum dedicated to barbeque. There was this thread going entitled “Open a BBQ restaurant, they said. It will be fun, they said,” which covered Jeremy’s journey into opening this restaurant. Well, seeing it was fairly close and I often pass by the area, I made a point of stopping in.
I was coming from La Porte, IN, which is southwest of Niles, MI. Niles is north of South Bend , IN. So, I punched the address of Prized Pig BBQ into my GPS so I could make this stop on my way to St. Clair, MI. Wouldn’t you know it, my GPS had me going right past the place on US-12, but I saw it and was able to stop in.
Upon viewing the menu I wanted to get some of every meat they offered but I decided I would be back so I settled on a favorite of mine: rib-tips! By ordering tips, I usually can tell if the rest of a restaurants meat is any good. In my opinion, if you mess up tips I’m not trying anything else.
I ordered the Rib Tip platter with potato salad with mac & cheese. It came with pickles and cornbread. I also tried each sauce; Original Mild, Spicy and Carolina Gold.
The tips were juicy, tender and good! I like my barbeque without sauce or very little on it so I can taste the meat and rub, I don’t like sauce overpowering everything where that is all I taste, so I was glad to see they served their Que without sauce. I dipped pieces in each of the sauces, each of them were good, but I liked the Spicy best. The Original Mild was good as well, and I believe I would like it on just about anything. The Carolina Gold, well I guess I’m just a northerner because I don’t like the taste of mustard with my barbeque. The sauce wasn’t bad but that combination just didn’t work well for my taste-buds. There was another sauce as well, it was thin and vinegar based. I’ll tell you this, that sauce would be the BOMB on some pulled pork, so guess what I’m getting the next time I stop by!
The potato salad was great! I like potato salad and cole-slaw. I was surprised to see they served red-skin potato salad with some dill in it. Let me tell you it was different but in a good way! It was creamy, the potatoes were not too soft, they were just right.
The mac & cheese I didn’t care for too much, I believe it’s because I compare any other mac & cheese to my sisters version. In my opinion, my sister makes the best mac & cheese ever! The mac & cheese from Prized Pig BBQ was flavorful and tasty, but it wasn’t my sisters.
The cornbread and the pickles that came with the meal were like extra bonuses. The pickles, I can tell they do them in-house because they were like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. Jeremy, you need to bottle those things and sell them! The cornbread was just how I like my cornbread! A little sweetness and moist. I could do a pan of that cornbread.
Overall I would give them 4 stars out of 5, I would also suggest anyone go by and check them out. It’s worth a road trip!