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Mama Jean's Barbecue:

WR IT TEN BY
SHAR I DRA GOVICH

Beloved
Brisket

PHOTOGRAPHED BY
JOHN PAR K

Mama Jean's Barbecue, named after
Madison Ruckel's mother, is making a
name f or itself in BBQ.

OANOKE HAS PLENTY OF
barbecue joints dotting its valley. But
I say bring on another; especially if
it's Mama Jean's Barbecue.
In the fall of 2018, Madison and
Kelli Ruckel moved to Salem. For Kelli,
it was a homecoming. For Madison,
however, living in the mountain south
was an entirely new experience. Madison
grew up in Destin, Florida with his mother, and
both sets of grandparents nearby. While his
grandmother was the cook of the family, Madison
credits his mother, who passed away in 2010, for

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influencing his creativity in the kitchen. He named
Mama Jean's Barbecue in her honor.
"My mom was an artist," explains Madison. "She
was also a single mom. Growing up, it was just her
and me. She practiced all kinds of artforms. She
taught me how to express myself artistically with
integrity."
A couple years after high school, Madison
landed a job with Home Team BBQ in Charleston,
South Carolina. He helped open the original
location in 2006, became a partner and helped
grow the restaurant to its current multi-location
status throughout Charleston.

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