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Kiser’s BBQ Shack has patrons salivating every Wednesday and Sunday while waiting for their order of the famed beef brisket.

Barbara Fischer, journalist, professional chef, food blogger and producer of the documentary Hand to Mouth, had nothing but praise for Kiser’s.

“The menu item I love, crave and wait for is the beef brisket,” Fischer said. “Cut into thick slices, Texas style–brisket is the best of the best as far as I am concerned. Tender, juicy and full of the very nature of cow, I eat brisket sans sauce and with reverence.”

Beef Brisket with Mac and Cheese. (Photo Courtesy of Kiser’s BBQ)

According to Sean Kiser, owner of Kiser’s BBQ, the smoker can hold so much meat at a time making the brisket a specialty item.

Kiser’s is home to the authentic low-and-slow, pit-cooked but has also remained uniquely Athens by sourcing local ingredients and staying involved in the community.

While all the produce is sourced from local farmers only about 15 to 20 percent of the meat can come from local farms due to the quantity demanded.

“Why not tap into that source?” Kiser said. “We love to be able to use it.”

Community Action Tuesdays are another way they stay tied to Athens.

“We donate 5 percent of our net sales that day to any given local charity or organization,” Kiser said. “We fell in love with Athens and we love being a part of this community.”

According to Kiser, they are looking to move to a full-service location soon to meet the demands of their restaurant but will remain in town.

If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging to cross off your bucket list, you can always opt to participate in the Boss Hog Challenge.

“It’ about three pounds of food in 30 minutes,” said Kiser. “There is about a 20 percent success rate, so it is doable.”

Sean Kiser and his wife are fellow Ohio University alumni who loved Athens so much they decided to stay and open a restaurant.

This happens quite often here; students graduate and look for an opportunity to make Athens their home.

The town is one that is hard to leave. But if you are leaving, make sure to have a taste of the food that the community has to offer.

About brendae

Writer and explorer. I have an undying love for travel, culture, people, animals and good food.


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