About

Opened June 9, 2015, Saddleback BBQ is Lansing, Michigan's premier craft BBQ joint. We feature authentic Southern BBQ with a unique Midwestern flair, right in the heart of Lansing’s REO Town. Our founders have been honing an uncanny knack for creating great BBQ for decades. We have a new restaurant in REO Town that houses our smoker, The Beast, and we can cater to any event you can dream up. Visit Saddleback to experience BBQ in its truest form. Respect the pig. #RespectThePig

Contact:
Catering or General info: info@saddlebackbbq.com
Owner Operator, Matthew Gillett: matthew@saddlebackbbq.com
Co-Owner Travis Stoliker: travis@saddlebackbbq.com

Address:
1147 S. Washington
Lansing, MI 48910

Phone: (517) 253-7556


Saddleback BBQ Frequently Asked Questions

How spicy are the Saddleback BBQ Sauces?

We currently offer three Saddleback BBQ Sauces. The Saddleback Red Sauce is more of a traditional Barbecue Sauce. By far the sweetest out of the three but has a little bit of spice from black pepper in it. The Saddleback Yellow Sauce is pretty mild. It has a Mustard base, Apple Cider, Vinegar and a black pepper spice note. Not overpowering spice - but there is a little heat. The Saddleback Vinegar Sauce is a Vernor's reduction sauce. We reduce 6 two liters of Vernors down to almost a simple syrup. We cut it with Apple cider vinegar, add ketchup, Sriracha, red pepper flake and other spices. This is the hottest of the three sauces but it is not overpowering. 6/10 heat scale.

 

Does Saddleback BBQ offer Gluten Free Options / Celiac disease options? Dairy free options?  

Saddleback BBQ does offer several gluten free options for people that are battling celiac disease or those that just prefer a gluten free diet.  The custom made Saddleback BBQ sauces are gluten free.

Gluten Free Menu options include: Ribs, brisket, chicken, pork, fries, potato salad, cole slaw and pork rinds.

If you require gluten free and dairy free, your food options include: Ribs, brisket, chicken, pork, fries and pork rinds.


*As a full service kitchen we do have Gluten and Dairy Products in the building.  We will do our best to assure that the products Gluten and Dairy Free but if your allergy or diet is life threatening with small traces we recommend talking to a Chef or Manager before consuming.

What does Saddleback mean/ Where does the name come from?
Saddleback BBQ is named for the British saddleback, a distinctive type of pig with black-and-white bands making it appear as it has a Saddle on its Back. Gillett settled on the name as a tribute to his roots … sort of.

“I grew up in Mason, where there are a lot of pig farms, but I never paid any attention to them,” Gillett said. “When I was looking for a name, I did some research and came across the saddleback, which has a neat sound and an interesting look to it. That was that.” - City Pulse April 22, 2015

Where is the best place to park for Saddleback BBQ? Is there free parking?
There is plenty of free parking all around Saddleback! You may park on the streets around the restaurant or use one of the parking lots in the map below. Very convenient and always free!

Does Saddleback BBQ offer catering? Can I order catering for my office? Do you offer a portable smoker?
Absolutely! We have fantastic catering offerings for weddings, graduations, office parties, special events, tailgates and much more. We offer a wide variety of food options that are on the menu and we can also customize a special catering with options that are not regularly on the menu including pork tenderloin carving stations, smoked turkeys, shrimp, duck and much more. Checkout our catering page or give us a call (517-253-7556) or email anytime.  We also have a portable smoker that we can bring on site for truly memorable special events.

How are the Saddleback BBQ meats prepared? How do you smoke your meat?
Saddleback BBQ is a craft bbq restaurant in REO Town Lansing Michigan. We specialize in smoking four meats: Back ribs, brisket, chicken quarters and pulled pork shoulder. We have an employee on-site overnight to prepare our meats, smoke them and make sure the wood fire stays at the perfect temperature. Many of our meats have been smoked for 4-12 hours before you get to taste them! Our meat is smoked on-site in our reverse-flow smoker that we nicknamed “The Beast”. We smoke our meats using a wide variety of wood, ranging from hickory and mesquite to Michigan fruit-tree woods like apple and cherry. Our proprietary technique is what gives our product its unique flavor.  Hear our owner Matt talk about our process in this short video prepared by Lansing Mosaic

Does Saddleback BBQ take reservations?  How big is your restaurant?
Saddleback BBQ is a relatively small craft restaurant with capacity for 31. In the summertime when we have our patio available we can comfortably serve 70 when the Michigan weather cooperates. We are a quick service restaurant and many of our customers take their food to go. So don’t be scared of our size. We will always find you a seat!  If you require a reservation, give us a call (517-253-7556) and we can probably accommodate you. However, we cannot always guarantee a reservation because of the relatively small size of our restaurant.

Does Saddleback BBQ offer liquor or beer?  Can I order Saddleback BBQ at REO Town Pub?
We do not offer liquor or beer at this time. However, we have a great partnership with the REO Town Pub right next door. If you are looking to enjoy a libation with your meal, just order a meal from Saddleback or give us a call (517-253-7556) and we can deliver your food right next door to you at the REO Town Pub!  It’s the best of both worlds.  We also offer a late night menu at REO Town Pub from 7:30pm to 10pm on Thursday and Friday. (Subject to change at anytime)

Does Saddleback BBQ offer lighter food options or vegetarian options?
We do offer lighter food options like our chicken tacos and pulled pork sandwich. We do offer custom made chef salads on occasion but our customers haven’t purchased many of them. If you are interested in having salads or lighter food available more frequently, please let us know by sending us an email! We try our best to offer whatever our customers need.

Does Saddleback BBQ run out of food? What happens if you run out of meat?
It is very rare, but on occasions, we do run out of meat. Let us explain. The way that authentic smoked BBQ is prepared is a bit different than other restaurant styles. Because our meats are smoked for 4-12 hours before they are served, it means that we must estimate how much meat to prepare many hours before we open the restaurant. If we have a very busy day, sometimes we may run out of meat.  Obviously it’s not something that we enjoy when we have to tell you we ran out of meat but we think it is important for us to maintain high quality fresh taste rather than serve you day-old product. It is pretty rare that we run out of meat but if you are ever unsure you can give us a call (517-253-7556) and we will tell you what exactly is available. We also try to update our Twitter feed and the bottom of the homepage whenever we run out of meats.

Do you offer Carry Out?
We do! Give us a call to order your carry-out and have it prepared and ready to go for you. (517) 253-7556

Does Saddleback BBQ offer Gift Cards?
We do! Simply come into the restaurant and we will make you a gift card in any amount that you would like or you can order a gift card quickly and easily on our Saddleback Gift Card website.

What is the best way for me to stay updated and in touch with Saddleback BBQ?
The best way is to subscribe to our email newsletter on the bottom of this page. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We appreciate the support and your help spreading the word about Lansing Barbecue to your friends.