Michael’s BBQ or Michael Southern Style Jack Daniel BBQ . The name is quite a mouthful, and so is the food.
South east corner of:
Mt. Hope and S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Lansing MI, 48910
I recently moved back to Lansing, and kept driving down MLK and seeing this corner BBQ stand called Michael’s. I eventually stopped by with Matt but we were both too gluttonous and hungry to take pictures and form coherent sentences. Anyways, I decided to drop by for some Lunch. I’m not sure the exact hours they keep but it seems to be around the lunch window, maybe early dinner too. The BBQ chicken and ribs are slathered in a rich and robust BBQ sauce. There is absolutely no shortage of the BBQ sauce when you order the ribs or the chicken. It’s neither too sweet nor too smoky, great balance and a consistency that stays on the meat without being too thick. There is a little kick to it as well. It’s a truly righteous BBQ sauce for the perfectly cooked ribs and chicken. I could go on describing his BBQ sauce, but words do not do the sauce justice.
Since I had not had the Jamaican jerk chicken yet, I opted for that. And boy, lemme tell ya, Michael does not disappoint. The cost of a 1/4 chicken and 2 sides is $6.50 . The chicken is rubbed down with a homemade Jamaican jerk rub. It’s spicy and delicious, at first you don’t notice the heat you just get the flavor blasting your face.. and then the spicy catches up. For my sides I went with the Macaroni & Cheese and Potato Salad. The mac and cheese is home made, real cheese in there. For you vegetarians you could get his sides and be happy. The potato salad was a new choice for me as well, not too much sauce on the potato salad, potatoes cooked perfectly and was a perfect balance to the spicy Jamaican jerk rub.
I have had the chopped pork sandwich, the pork spare ribs, and bbq chicken. None of the chicken is boneless, so if you get a chicken sandwich you will need to tear the chicken apart for it. Everything is delicious. The other sides I have had were the collared greens and his cooked cabbage. The collared greens aren’t too oily or salty, the cooked cabbage is cooked with sautéed garlic and onions.. mellow and full flavors. If you’re on I-496, hop off on the S. Martin Luther King Jr exit and drop by Michael’s. Your taste buds will thank you.
Rating: Everything served is excellent, and is easily deserving of 5 stars. Come enjoy some of the best BBQ in Lansing.