When ribs, pork, chicken and brisket are carefully rubbed with a secret blend of spices and are slow cooked over hickory wood for up to 14 hours, something magical happens. They emerge as smokehouse masterpieces. At Pappy’s Bar-B-Que, an Old West-inspired eatery in Brazil, Indiana, you can enjoy the succulent meaty rewards of a painstaking process — at a reasonable price to boot!
Pappy’s, so named because owner Rick Bell’s grandkids refer to him as “Pap,” is a go-to dining spot for locals like Indiana State Rep. Alan Morrison. “Their smoked chicken wings are the best,” Morrison said of the Pappy’s popular and affordable (only $6.49 for six jumbo wings) appetizer. In addition to Morrison’s recommendation, other regulars like to load up on the Bar-B-Que Nachos, piled high with pulled pork or chicken, sweet or smoky sauce, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and sour cream.
For Morrison, Pappy’s is the perfect place to take the family. “I love going there with my kids to celebrate after one of their baseball games or track meets,” he said. Besides meat-centric dinners and sandwiches, taco salad, chili and three types of cornbread cake for dessert, Pappy’s offers a kids’ menu of sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and chicken tenders, all served with fries or apple sauce.
Pappy’s dinners — which include meatloaf and chicken tenders as well as the aforementioned meats — and sandwiches, served on Texas toast or a bun, come with diners’ choice of sides. All the sides are made from scratch. It’s tough to decide what to choose when selections feature fried apples, cheesy taters, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and fried sweet corn. So it’s a good thing folks who want to add extra sides to their meal can order them for just $2.49 each.
Pappy’s is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Look for the cornflower blue building on National Avenue.
ABOUT STATE REP. ALAN MORRISON: Indiana State Rep. Alan Morrison represents House District 42, which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Fountain, Parke, Vigo, Warren and Clay counties in west central Indiana. He serves as vice chair of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee and is a member of the Natural Resources and Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications committees.