Memorable | One of the Best
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.
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
- 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
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|