I mentioned in my Farmer’s Market Roundup post that I frequent the Farmer’s Market at The Imperial on Saturday mornings. Because of our kids’ weekend activities, I’m usually beating down the door when the market opens at 9:00 a.m. With my kids’ recent two-week trip to summer camp, I had the opportunity to sleep in on a Saturday and still got to go to the market! That meant I got to discover the delights of Imperial BBQ.
The Farmer’s Market at The Imperial is located on Highway 90 between Brooks Street and Ulrich Street, on the site of the old Imperial Sugar Mill. It is open year-round on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As you approach the market entrance, look to your right. At the far end of the parking lot you will find Imperial BBQ.
Step right up, review the menu, and place your order. After a few minutes, your food will be wrapped up and ready for you to eat or take home.
Imperial BBQ’s menu is posted on a white board near their booth. As you stand there smelling the meat, you will want to try it all!
I decided to take home a few items to try — sausage on a stick, chicken fajita taco, and a sliced beef sandwich. The sausage on a stick was really juicy without being greasy. The sausage had a nice, crispy skin that had a pleasant snap when you bit into it. The sausage had a mild peppery flavor, but was not too spicy.
The chicken fajita meat in the flour tortilla soft taco was juicy and flavorful, but I liked it better with Imperial BBQ’s homemade salsa on top. However, I wish the taco also has some lettuce and/or guacamole on it.
The beef sandwich was truly the best part of the meal. The bread was soft and fresh. The brisket was tender, juicy and lean with a good, smoky flavor. All I added to my sandwich was some of Imperial’s barbeque sauce, and that was all it needed. The sauce was more sweet than tangy, which I liked. The sandwich was so huge that I stopped eating the bun and used a fork to pick out the meat!
Imperial BBQ is a family-run business that focuses primarily on catering. So, if you want to check out their food, you’ll have to find them at the farmers market. I’m now looking for an excuse to throw a party so that I can have it catered by Imperial BBQ! I noticed that they offer a family brisket meal, which seems like it would be a good option to pick up at the market on Saturday and settle in for an afternoon of college football!
Have you had a chance to try Imperial BBQ? Tell me about it in the comments.