When it comes to BBQ, you’d think there would be more restaurants to choose from in the Murfreesboro area, but surprising there are only a few. And, since I’m from Pennsylvania, BBQ isn’t really something they offer back home. Well, if they do, it’s processed and pre-cooked with preservatives and a high amount of sodium.
When my boyfriend and I moved to Tennessee, he kept hinting toward finding a good BBQ place. So, when we drove by West Northfield Boulevard and saw Woody’s BBQ, we knew we had to try this place for ourselves.
“It’s a different kind of barbeque because we smoke everything in-house,” says Lea Keisling Owner/Operator. That means, they make their beef, pork, turkey and brisket fresh! Since Brett and I are more so on the health side of the spectrum, our eyes lit-up when we heard that!
And, speaking of healthy, Woody’s BBQ provides a menu with low-calorie meals for those on a diet. Choose an item such as Classic Bar B-Q pork. It’s only 500 calories and you may still have room for dessert! Unfortunately, we didn’t pick from the healthy menu. Instead we chose food that Woody’s is known for.
But, before that, Brett wanted an appetizer, so he ordered Woody’s Cajun Ranch Wings! The sauce was creamy and zesty. The wings themselves were light and crisp and possessed a hickory smoke taste. This was the first time we had smoked wings and they definitely exceeded our expectations.
When it came time to order, I opted for the Beef Brisket Sandwich with Texas toast and fried okra. The beef was moist and carved to perfection. The combination of the purple onions and brisket made the sandwich a true success. The toast itself was crunchy and golden brown. To add, the fried okra was crispy, yet soft at the same time.
Brett went for A Taste Of Woody’s. This platter includes spare ribs, Bar-B-Q pork, beef, smoked turkey breast and Bar-B-Q chicken. His first side was Mac and Cheese, which he described as “creamy with a smooth cheddar taste and his second was BBQ baked beans. “These baked beans were sweet and smoky alongside cubed pieces if brisket,” Brett noted. Also, he said, “The sliced brisket. ham and turkey had a perfect and light smoke.”
And, what would a meal be without dessert?
When Brett heard about the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, there were no other options on his mind! “After eating a BBQ platter, you might be too full to consider dessert, but this pie is light, rich and fluffy, yet easy to dive into,” Brett said with a smile.
I picked the Bread Pudding. Now, this particular pudding is similar to French toast! The drizzled caramel and moistness was what made it a delicious dessert! It was firm, yet soft at the same time. And, Lea makes these delectable desserts from scratch.
“I make the deserts from scratch because that is how it’s done throughout the franchise system,” Lea said. “We are known for our 5 1/2 inch tall sky high pies and you can’t buy them pre-made.”
So, there you have it! Bring your family and friends to Woody’s BBQ and have a slamming good time.
“We won’t let you leave until you’re happy,” Lea said.