It’s not typical to walk into a restaurant and have to sign a waiver in order to eat their food but if you plan to try the “Shut Up Juice” at The Mean Pig BBQ in Cabot, AR that is exactly what you will have to do. The waiver reads like this:
YOU MUST READ BEFORE PURCHASING SHUT UP JUICE: By accepting these terms, you are acknowledging that you have read and understand the following waiver. You are also acknowledging that you agree with and accept the terms of the waiver below.
I understand that I am purchasing a extremely hot sauce, I understand this hot sauce is NOT diluted. I understand this HOT sauce should be kept away from Children, Pets and those with Heart and or Respiratory problems and those adverse to Hot foods. This statement releases the Mean Pig BBQ from any and all liability that I may consider. This includes releasing the Mean Pig BBQ if someone other that the purchaser consumes the HOT sauce.
While you can rest assured that this sauce did not touch my tongue, Richie signed his life away and managed two TINY little tastes of the sauce before it was too much for him!
The Mean Pig BBQ gained some national fame when their Shut Up Juice was featured on the Travel Channel show Man Vs. Food.
I first heard of The Mean Pig when a family friend who lives in Washington, D.C. and works at the Pentagon told us that people always ask if he has eaten at The Mean Pig when they hear he grew up in Arkansas.
While I love a good rack of ribs, I am not personally a big fan of the traditional BBQ sandwiches. In fact, I try to avoid them at all cost! But Richie loves BBQ and it’s only fair that he gets to pick the restaurant every once in a while so last night we ate dinner at The Mean Pig BBQ in Cabot, AR.
What We Ordered
Jumbo Pork BBQ Sandwich with Mild Sauce and Slaw – $6.49
Classic Lay’s Potato Chips – $.99
1/2 Rack of Ribs with Mild Rub and Mild Sauce – $8.99
Potato Salad – $1.99
1 Side of Hot Sauce – $.25
1 Side of Shut Up Juice – $1.00 (Requires a waiver)
Total Cost with Tax was around $23.00 (I forgot to write down the total price.)
What We Loved
- Richie loved the BBQ sandwich. It was quite large, topped with plenty of sauce and just the right amount of slaw.
- The Mild BBQ Sauce was my favorite. The hot was just a little too hot for me and there was no way I was trying the Shut Up Juice.
- The staff was friendly.
- The dining room was super clean and the owner was constantly walking around and checking that everything was tiptop.
- The potato salad was really tasty and had a unique flavor that I just couldn’t put my finger on.
What We Liked
- The ribs were good but not great. They are dry rubbed and smoked which made the meat dry and chewy in some places. The ribs were also not very meaty.
- The drinks were free refills.
- There were lemon packets at the soda bar. I like lemon in my water so this made me happy.
- Richie liked the Hot BBQ sauce but also seemed to prefer the mild.
- Richie liked that they offered chips rather than fries because he prefers chips with a BBQ sandwich.
What We Disliked
- The first time we tried to eat at The Mean Pig they were closed. According to my research on the web this is a common complaint of many potential customers.
- You order at the counter, carry your own tray, fill your own drink and bus your own table so it has a fast food feel. On the flip side it meant we didn’t need to leave a tip.
- The prices were a little high. When you pay $8.99 for a 1/2 rack of not very meaty ribs you expect to at least get one side included.
- They were sold out of the Smoked Sausage which was what I really wanted to try.
Overall, we had a favorable experience at The Mean Pig BBQ. It was not a top restaurant for us and isn’t likely to be someplace we regularly eat at but it was good enough to spare us a trip to Memphis when Richie is craving a good BBQ sandwich.
After leaving the restaurant we learned they are supposed to have some really great baked beans that even have their own US Patent!
Looks like a return trip will be necessary to try the smoked sausage and the beans!
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 11-6:30