Jerry Lee’s Kwik Stop | Cajun Country Boudin Sausage

Review by: Jane & Michael Stern

Boudin That Glows

A neon sign in the window of Jerry Lee’s, a strip mall butcher shop / convenience store in Baton Rouge shows a boiling pot with this legend underneath: “If it’s not Jerry Lee’s, it’s not Boudin.” While some Cajun country boudin will set your taste buds on fire, Jerry Lee’s only glows with a pepper halo. That glow makes it all the easier to savor the flavor of rice so well balanced with the luxe of ground pork and masterfully applied spices.

In a heated case near the cash register, you will find the boudin already extracted from its casing and piled into rolls along with cheese. In my opinion, the cheese, while nice and creamy, overwhelms the refined flavor-play of boudin. I much prefer to forgo fixins and get a couple of links. A natural casing hugs the meat so tightly that teeth alone barely can cut through. Once severed with a knife, the filling erupts, sending forth the sweet perfume of hot pork touched with pepper and onion and virtually melded to whole al dente grains of rice.

Beyond Boudin

Cajun country boudin stars, but Jerry Lee’s BBQ sandwich demands attention, too. Beef, slow-cooked and shredded, mixes with zesty sauce, piled into a bun. You also can stock up on po boys, ribs, and smokehouse peanuts. And it would be wrong to leave without a bag or two of cracklins. They crunch when you bite them, then quite literally melt in your mouth. Jerry Lee’s also makes a unique style of beef jerky. Bite-size nuggets rather than more familiar long strips, it reminds us of smoked salami: slightly chewy, packed with flavor.

It’s All Take-Out

Like so many boudin purveyors in this region, Jerry Lee’s offers no dining facilities. For travelers, it’s a dashboard-dining experience, using plastic knives and forks and paper napkins.

Directions & Hours

5am - 5pm
  • Monday: 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 5:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

What To Eat

Boudin Sausage

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Cracklins

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Boudin and Cheese Sandwich

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Beef Jerky

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BBQ Sandwich

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One Response to “Jerry Lee’s Kwik Stop | Cajun Country Boudin Sausage”

Tom Lewis

November 19th, 2011

Jerry Lee’s Qwik Stop is a serious Cajun food lover’s grocery. The meat market is amazing with excellent sausages, head cheese (delicious and the best I’ve ever tried), boudin, cracklins, beef jerky, and specialty cuts of meat. It is not unusual to see customers lined up at the meat case, ordering five or more pounds of boudin links to go and a half-dozen non-heated boudin po-boys.

After seeing the popularity of the boudin, I went to the front of the store and purchased a warm link of boudin and ate it while I toured the store. The assortment of cooking vessels and pots available for purchase is nothing short of amazing.

Standing at the meat counter and watching Jerry Lee and his staff cook the pork butts for the boudin, grind the pork, mix it with rice, add seasonings, and assemble the mixture was quite a sight. I watched several folks working in coordinated motions and saw the final product stuffed into casings. Then the links are placed in an iced water bath and taken to a huge cooler for a long cool down. It is very labor intensive and quite a production.

The heated sandwich case is loaded with boudin po-boys (your choice of cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese) and chili dogs. As a boudin lover, I was a little hesitant to try one of the po-boys, based on the first Roadfood review I read. However, the sweetness of the bread, the creaminess of the melted pepper jack cheese, and the explosion of flavors from the boudin was excellent: a perfect melding of texture and spices. The po-boy was chased with a cold Barq’s root beer. My next visit will include one the previously mentioned chili dogs.

Jerry Lee’s offers a unique and deliciously addictive take on BBQ’d beef sandwiches. First, the beef is slow-roasted, and then it’s shredded. Then, it is mixed with a wonderful BBQ sauce, slow cooked in a giant crock pot, and later served on a toasted bun. Imagine the best sloppy joe you’ve ever tasted. The BBQ’d beef is available by the sandwich or by the pound. The take-out business is very brisk on weekends, particularly during LSU football season.
I was amazed at the pride this establishment takes in handcrafting the very best Cajun snacks and food available. The flavorful cracklins are very crisp. The moist beef jerky has a wonderful smoke flavor and just the right amount of seasonings. The jerky is cut into small nuggets and packaged in four-ounce zip lock bags. Packages of the cracklins are available near the meat counter and at the check-out area. Warm links of boudin are pulled from a steamer located near the cash registers.

Jerry Lee’s Qwik Stop is a destination for great Cajun eats when in the Baton Rouge area. In short, they specialize in well-prepared food with a super-friendly staff that takes pride in what they do.

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