A BBQ Artifact, Bullet Holes and All

Shadden’s BBQ, opened for more than 40 years in Marvell, Arkansas, was a place of BBQ pilgrimages for many years.  Housed in a 100-year old general store building in Marvell, Arkansas, Shadden’s was known at various times as the town in a non-town, the place for craps, dancing, fighting, and eating.  Levon Helm of The Band was a regular.

According to a documentary on All South Networks (http://www.allsouthnetworks.tv/details/shaddensbbq.html), Shadden’s was most recently known as an eating place rather than a gambling place.  During its gambling days, 400-500 people would be there on a Saturday night.  According to Wayne Shadden, a $500 fine and a year in jail changed that.  For BBQ lovers, this was the best shift in focus a place could ever make.  Since then, Shadden’s has become a necessary stop on any BBQ pilgrimage.

In its post-gambling incarnation, it was a cross between a roadside grocery and a museum, with “yellowed pictures of smiling families and once-young enlisted men everywhere,” according to Gary Saunders of DixieDining.com.  Jars of giant dill pickles, pickled sausage, and pickles eggs graced the counter tops.

Wayne Shadden died this year at the age of 77.  Shadden’s closed.  With the help of Randy Ensminger, Arkansas board member at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the Shadden’s sign (conspicuously dotted with bullet holes) will live on at the SoFAB in its growing Arkansas exhibit.  BBQ lovers can still come and pay their respects to Shadden’s.

Click here for Shadden’s BBQ Sauce Recipe, from High Cotton Cookin’

SoFAB is always looking for artifacts.  If you want to help, let us know…504-569-0405 or leave a comment on our website, http://www.southernfood.org.

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3 Responses to “A BBQ Artifact, Bullet Holes and All”

  1. Shadden’s BBQ Sauce « Southern Food and Beverage Museum Newsletter Says:

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  3. WADE RINGER Says:

    I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH BRYAN SHADDEN, WAYNE’S SON, AND WERE GOOD FRIENDS. ATE A MANY A BBQ SANDWICH THERE AND WASHED IT DOWN WITH A GOOD COLD BEER FROM THE OLD SLIDE THE TOP OPEN COOLERS THERE AT THE STORE. WAYNE WAS ALWAYS GOOD TO ME AND SO WAS BRYAN. DAMN GOOD FOLKS! WISH I COULD FIND BRYAN, BUT HAVE HAD SOME DIFFICULTY. WAYNE ALSO HAD A SON FROM HIS FIRST MARRIAGE. MET HIM IN RUSSELVILLE, ARKANSAS . CAN’T RECALL HIS NAME FOR THE LIFE OF ME. WE ALL WENT DEER HUNT’N TOGETHER IN THE OZARKS. HAD A BLAST. WADE RINGER

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