At the table with Anna


Where to go: Ben’s BBQ Shack

Address: 124 E. Main St., Westfield

What to get: Brisket

Top left, ribs; top right, brisket; bottom left, pulled pork sandwich; and bottom right, a side of coleslaw. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Price: $10-$18

Anna’s take: My sister-in-law was born and raised in Memphis, and she’s always taking me to hot BBQ spots in Tennessee. Next time she visits me, I can’t wait to take her by Ben’s BBQ Shack in Westfield. The name makes sense – Ben Hoffman operates out of a tiny shack on Ind. 32 in downtown Westfield. The place is so small, there’s no inside dining. People line up outside and order at the window, then take their purchases with them or eat outdoors on the picnic tables. Let me tell you, this spot is worth waiting in line for, regardless of the weather. The menu is short, but the quality is huge. My favorite was the brisket – a delectable, melt-in-your-mouth order of meat available for $10 per half pound or $18 per pound. I also loved the pulled pork. I’m a sandwich girl, so I prefer my pulled pork on a bun, but you can opt for no bun as well. The pulled pork is $8 per half pound or $14 per pound. A pulled pork sandwich is $8, and a brisket sandwich is $10. In addition, delicious ribs are available for $14 per pound. Hoffman makes everything in-house, including the barbecue sauce and sides of coleslaw and baked beans.

Ben’s BBQ Shack is open from noon to 3 p.m. Fridays and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, or until Hoffman sells out each day. I suggest getting there early. He sells out frequently.

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