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The Redneck BBQ Lab opening Monday in Benson

The Redneck BBQ Lab, the brick-and-mortar restaurant for a local competitive barbecue team, will open at 11 a.m. Monday in Benson.
The Redneck BBQ Lab, the brick-and-mortar restaurant for a local competitive barbecue team, will open at 11 a.m. Monday in Benson.

The Redneck BBQ Lab, the brick-and-mortar restaurant by a local competitive barbecue pitmaster, will open at 11 a.m. Monday in Benson.

Jerry Stephenson Jr., the pitmaster for the Redneck Scientific team, has realized many a competitive barbecue cook’s dream with the opening of this restaurant. Reached on Sunday, Stephensen confirmed that the restaurant would open on Jan. 16, noting that they were smoking 450 pounds of meat for the opening.

The restaurant will serve smoked, hand-pulled pork with a choice of a North Carolina traditional vinegar sauce or a sweeter, thicker, tomato-based competition-style sauce. It will also serve brisket, ribs and chicken. The restaurant is at 12101-B Highway 210, or exit 319 off Interstate 40 to the left of the BP gas station. (Technically, the restaurant is located in McGee’s Crossroads, as an astute reader pointed out. I believe the mailing address is Benson.)

During a five-year run, Stephenson’s Redneck Scientific team won 16 Kansas City Barbeque Society grand championships, six reserve grand championship, six perfect 180 scores and more than 250 top 10 calls in pork, ribs, chicken and brisket. They were the 2015 American Royal World Series of BBQ Grand Champion in the side dishes competition and earned spots in the KCBS top ten teams nationwide.

For more information: redneckbbqlab.com

Andrea Weigl: 919-829-4848, @andreaweigl

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