McClure’s Barbecue was founded in 2o11 in New Orleans by me, Neil McClure. After nearly a decade as the general manager at Dante’s Kitchen and a lifetime around the food business, I decided it was time to pursue my lifetime love of barbecue.
For me, there is something tweaking my primal instincts when sitting around the fire & slow cooking fatty animals. It just speaks to me. I have to do this. I have been practicing my craft for a while now, and spent countless sleepless nights tending the fire and making all of my wife’s clothes smell like barbecue. One of my kids teachers told me they get hungry every time I drop them off…she actually said salivate….because of the new cologne I seem to be permanently wearing now. Even the inside of my car smells of smoke and pork fat…. I have been cooking pigs since I was a kid, but just now I am willing to make the leap from casual fine dining to, well…changing my life completely upside down.
And I couldn’t be any happier.
I won’t cut corners. My beans are made from scratch. My brisket takes all night to cook. I wouldn’t put a piece of charcoal or propane anywhere near my food. You won’t catch me selling barbecue out of a gas burning pellet shooter to save my life. I’m not even letting the manufacturer shred my cheeses for the macaroni…if it doesn’t take forever it isn’t worth doing. I’ve learned a lot about food over the years…cutting corners & selling inferior product isn’t one of them.
Another thing… I grew up in Pensacola, Fl where my family usually went to a place called Hopkins Boarding House after church. At Hopkins the served the best fried chicken around and tons of other southern dishes. But the real hook was the Family Style seating. It usually led to some great conversations, and usually a new friend. I intend on bringing back that atmosphere as best as I can. We could all use a little more time getting to know our neighbors in person, and sitting down at a table full of good food is a great place to start in my opinion. I will definitely be incorporating the Family Style seating at least one night a week.
For now McClure’s Barbecue is in “Pop Up” mode, meaning I am not in a permanent location yet. I will be updating the website, my facebook, and twitter to keep you informed as to where I am slinging it.
You can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go ahead and give me a call @ 504.298.9434. If you want me to come feed your group…drop me a line. I am ready for catering too!