MEET THE PIT BOSS
Our goal is to serve up the very best ribs and sides for all to enjoy.
– Gabe Jones
The owner and “Pit Master” of the Smoke‘N Pig BBQ. He founded the company in April of 2016 and began operations in May, 2016. Gabe brings 15 years of experience in the food industry to The Smoke’ N Pig BBQ and perfected his cooking and catering service while working at two of Lansing and East Lansing’s favorite restaurants.
Gabe has always had a desire to own his own business, so in the spring of 2016, he decided to follow his dream and with the love and support of family and friends, The Smoke’ N Pig BBQ was born. Gabe has spent the last two years perfecting his secret BBQ rub which sets his ribs, rib tips and pulled pork apart from other BBQ establishments in the Lansing and surrounding area. It was proven this past summer at the 2016 Brighton Smokin Jazz and BBQ Blues Festival, where he took 1st place for best Ribs. This was Gabe’s first rib competition.
The business started with one Weber Smoker, a couple tables and tents along with some food warmers. After two days, it was very apparent this was the beginning of something he could have only dreamed of. He immediately invested in two more smokers to handle the volume of customers. Six weeks later he purchased a 24 ft. food trailer and was off and running.
Today you can find Gabe and his Smoke ’ N Pig BBQ team, Walt and Kerissah, at 6130 W. Saginaw Hwy. Lansing, Michigan 48917 (just west of the lansing mall).
The Smoke 'N Pig BBQ Team Bios
Kerissah has been part of the Smoke’ N Pig Team since its inception. She brings 14 years experience in the food service industry specializing in customer service. Some of her extensive experience includes; bartending and coordinating special events such as weddings and private parties.
Her career began with The Smoke’ N Pig when she decided to help Gabe fulfill his lifelong dream of owning the BEST BBQ business in the State! In addition to insuring that customers receive the best service possible, Kerissah also manages the social media arm of the company and is responsible for keeping the menu updated and fresh.
Walter comes to the Smoke’ N Pig through his friendship with Gabe. They met while working together at the Lansing Center. During work time or over a game of Dominoes, they often talked about starting a small BBQ cart on a street corner. Little did they know those conversations would become more than a reality.
Walter brings 16 years of restaurant and catering service experience to the business, and has perfected many of the homemade side dishes that are served at The Smoke’ N Pig. Walter creates all of the side dishes and is affectionately known as the “Master of Sides”. He listens to the customers requests for new items to be added to the menu and does his best to fulfill those requests.