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The brisket sandwich is a customer favorite. The meat
and see what would and wouldn't work. He found plenty
is rubbed down with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic before
that worked.
smoking for up to 13 hours. "What's unique about the way
Nearly two dozen small plates are available to start your
we do our brisket is that we hand cut it to order," he says.
meal, all with a distinct twist and flair. The Crispy Sprouts
A layer of Mary Jane's Burnt End Mayo - house-made
are a signature starter that are a far cry from the Brussels
sprouts you might remember as a kid. The
mayonnaise mixed with broken down burnt ends - is
spread on toasted bread. The brisket is placed on the
sprouts are deep fried to order and tossed
in a chile vinaigrette - which includes
sandwich and topped with flash-fried onions for an
jalapenos, garlic, honey and scallions - and
unforgettable combination.
then topped with toasted walnuts, parsley
The team at Mary Jane's goes way beyond
merely smoking the meat. They make their own
and fried capers.
"Most people think of stinky Brussels
pastrami, a seven-day process, before they can
even smoke it. They add moisture to their
sprouts," Matt says. "Deep frying them quickly
Cape
pork butts and half chickens - Matt's favoradds a char and caramelization that gives you
Girardeau
ite - by brining them before smoking.
a deep earthy flavor."
All the smoked meat dishes are served
Other interesting appetizers include the
with one of the 17 sides. Barbecue staples
Brisket Wontons - fried wontons stuffed with
include creamy slaw, collard greens and green
brisket, cream cheese, pepper jack, poblano
beans. Other interesting options are the poblano cream
peppers and scallions served with homemade hoisin chile
corn, shoestring fries or cucumber salad, a variation of the
sauce - or the aptly named Pint-O-Bacon.
salad Matt's own grandmother would make him as a child.
Most of the meat at Mary Jane's is smoked with oak.
"We're doing traditional barbecue sides with a twist," the
Matt and his staff make six barbecue sauces in house
chef says.
ranging from a 'Bama White to Charred Pineapple to a PorSmoked flavor even turns up in the southern staple
ter BBQ. However, you have to ask for the complimentary
Shrimp N' Grits. Seared shrimp and smoked sausage sit
sides of sauce.
atop creamy cheddar grits and is surrounded by a vel"In my humble opinion, barbecue isn't sauced," Matt
vety brandy tomato sauce that has a distinct Cajun taste
says. "We want the meat and smoke to stand out on their
thanks to the dark roux that is the genesis for the sauce.
own. That's what we try and do."
There's plenty to choose from at Mary Jane's including, clockwise from top left, Crispy Sprouts, bread pudding and the 35-ounce Tomahawk Rib-eye.

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