Jackson Hole may be billed as “the Last of the Old West,” but that doesn’t mean you won’t find some good ol’, authentic Southern barbecue to chow down on here courtesy of Moe’s Original Bar B Que. The popular eatery offers a soul food revival right in the heart of Town Square.
Sweet Home, Alabama-Inspired
Moe’s Original Bar B Que has a chain of restaurants from Alabama to Colorado, Maine to California and several states in between. It all began when a trio of friends from the University of Alabama was living the mountain life in Vail, Colorado, and became homesick for barbecue, their favorite food. So, while you can take the boy out of ‘Bama, you can’t entirely take the state out of the boy, and Moe’s Original was born out of “necessity” in a ski town—of all places— and thrived.
David Fogg, co-owner of Moe’s Jackson Hole, is also a University of Alabama graduate. After college, he, too, was living in Vail and eagerly jumped on board the Moe’s team in 2012.
“We wanted to fill a niche as there weren't a whole lot of Southern-style barbecue places around,” David said. “I’m from the South and it’s the food I grew up on—recipes that mothers and grandmothers passed down.”
David fell in love with skiing and hiking—"the whole mountain thing.” Jackson Hole became one of his favorite places to visit and ski. And then Fate stepped in: Tom Fay, who owns Pinky G’s Pizzeria in Jackson, was traveling in Vail. He and David met and began brainstorming about bringing Moe’s Original BBQ to Jackson Hole. Because there was, well, a hole in the Hole for this type of Southern fare.
In December 2016, Moe’s opened in Jackson and it has turned into a beloved favorite for locals and visitors alike.
Moe's Original Bar B Que
Where: 140 N Cache, just off Town Square
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Full bar open until midnight Friday and Saturday
Phone: 307-733-MOES (6637)
Southern Soul Food Revival
“Moe’s is a traditional barbecue spot,” David said. “If you have not been exposed to Southern fare before, you get indoctrinated to it here.”
The tantalizing scent of barbecue wafts onto Cache Street where Moe’s is located, just steps off Town Square. This is especially true in summer when the doors and windows are open. Your mouth will start watering for the soul food goodness as soon as you approach the cashier’s counter to order your fix of the real deal, Alabama barbecue.
“It’s barbecue that is pretty straightforward and extremely consistent,” said David.
All house-smoked meat sandwiches come with two sides and a fountain drink. Platters come with cornbread, two sides and a drink. Everything is prepared fresh daily from recipes passed down for generations. Some of the choices to indulge your appetite in are pulled pork and “‘Bama-styled” pulled pork, smoked turkey, ribs, Southern fried catfish, fried shrimp “Moe-boy,” occasionally even brisket, and more. All sandwiches are served in classic red baskets with red-and-white checkered butcher paper.
There is also a kids menu—Mini-Moe’s—for those age 10 and under. For $7.50 kids can gobble up their own barbecue items along with a side and a drink.
It’s All About the Sides
Moe’s focuses just as much time on its side dishes as the fruitwood-smoked meats with a rotating list of sides—about 10 different ones in total. David said that every day he looks in the pantry to see what they can get locally and makes all side dishes from scratch that way.
“It’s a Southern thing to focus on side dishes,” he said. Everything is homemade every day, nothing is reheated. We can run out of stuff, and when it's gone it's gone."
"That’s the nature of barbeque—we try and predict how much to make, with the goal being to run out right before we close.”
Standard sides include baked beans, marinated coleslaw, mac ‘n cheese, potato salad or chips, cornbread, banana pudding. Special sides of the day might be collard greens, black beans with cilantro and Southwestern seasonings, sweet potato casserole and Mississippi mud pie. And the list—by design—goes on.
The Hot Spot For Everyone
Moe’s is comprised of two levels of dining and bar areas with long wooden, family-style tables (as well as tables for two to four diners) accented with bright red stools or chairs. In summer there is an outdoor deck for eating offering an enviable view of Town Square and the slopes of Snow King Mountain. You can savor your barbecue while savoring the scenery.
There are also 12 large HD TV’s throughout — with all manner of football, basketball or baseball, etc. games on — plus Foosball tables and shuffleboard to enjoy before and after your meal; the kids will love these too! And in winter, a pool table is brought in.
“It’s a fun spot for everybody, it’s family-friendly, but at night it basically turns into a bar,” David said.
Live music is offered with relative frequency, sometimes featuring local bands. Every other Wednesday during the summertime, Moe’s has live blues music that goes along perfectly with barbecue vibe. Also on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., stop by for Moe's infamous Trivia Night with "Crazy Tom."
"If you’re looking for an Alabama style barbecue joint with quick service and the best prices in all of Jackson, we are most definitely your spot!" - co-owner David Fogg
The restaurant tries to be a lot of things to a lot of people.
“If you’re looking for a sports bar, we’re your spot,” said David. “If you’re into craft beers, we’re your spot, with rotating 12 craft beers, mostly locally-brewed. And, of course, if you’re looking for an Alabama style barbecue joint with quick service and the best prices in all of Jackson, we are most definitely your spot!"
Visit moesoriginalbbq.com for more information, or call 307-733-MOES (6637). Better still, just come on by!