The History Of The Shed

The Shed - Ocean Springs

The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint has a rich and dynamic history. From the opening day of serving up their slow smoked meats and the family’s secret recipes for their side dishes, to winning World Championships, The Shed definitely has a positive presence in the BBQ world today.

Humble Roots

Once there was a guy that spent most of his out-of-class time at Ole Miss scouting out, jumping in, and rummaging through dumpsters and street side garbage piles. The highlight of his week was the “night before trash day.” After graduation, he wanted to move back to the Coast. One sobering morning he surveyed all he had collected over the years. It was Everywhere, it was Insane: warped used two by fours, old tin roofing, bent nails, ugly windows, mountains of pure, unadulterated junk! Not knowing what to do with it and not willing to part with a single plastic bucket or warped record, he built a trailer out of the larger parts and loaded the rest on top of this homemade junk hauler (picture here the Beverly Hillbillies on steroids) and moved back to Ocean Springs.

A BBQ Epiphany

One evening while dumpster diving on the Coast, the guy, Brad Orrison, knee deep in hardwood flooring had an epiphany: “I’m gonna’ build myself a take out barbeque joint.” Brad (24) and his sister Brooke (19) hammered and nailed. They practiced cooking, smoking, and timing meat to perfection.

After endless attempts Brad perfected his SECRET SHED RUB. Then he began the search for the perfect sauce. As sent from Heaven, a man called Poppa came on the scene. Poppa had spent the past twenty years making his sauce for his friends, his friend’s friends, and now THE SHED met their match.

The Day The Shed Was Born

The day Brad’s baby backs got rubbed with the rub then slapped with the sauce “The Shed” was born and the thunder rolled. The rest is history. You’ll probably have to stand in line when you come to The Shed, cause it ain’t fast food, it’s FINE food. Folks that are in a real big hurry usually call in first.
Shed Style Junkadelic Courtyard

BUT WAIT! There’s Even More To The Story…

It’s the customers, affectionately known as “ShedHeds.” After eating at The Shed, folks started volunteering to help. They would bring in more junk to spruce up the place, built additions on the building so they would have a place to sit and offered to do anything they could do to help Brad and Brooke put out more BBQ to keep up with the crowds. The ShedHed group is growing at an alarming rate because these fine folks just love great barbeque!

The Shed’s not a fancy restaurant, as a matter of fact, it’s not a restaurant at all….it’s a full fledged JOINT….The Shed is an Experience, a Destination to enjoy. ShedHeds bring their families, sit around the bonfires, hug their kids, and eat the best darn BBQ on the bayou (of course it’s the only BBQ on the bayou)! On Saturday nights the sounds of live Blues music radiates from the stage bringing with it the essence of what a barbeque joint should be.

That my friend is the true story of The Shed.

We hope that you join us and become a ShedHed too!