417 Magazine Article on Fat Daddy's Family Barbecue
By Savannah Waszczuk
16020 US Hwy. 160, Forsyth, MO; 417-546-4604
"Basically, I’d call this a hobby gone wild,” John Winkert says about his Forsyth restaurant, Fat Daddy’s Family BBQ. Originally from Peculiar, Missouri, Winkert moved to 417-land in 2000. After being injured at work, he bought a smoker and started smoking meats for parties and church events. He opened the restaurant with a partner in November 2006, and today he is the sole owner. A quick look around the restaurant illustrates Winkert’s passion for his community. Three window shelves are filled with pig figurines, all brought in by customers. “They show that this place is partly their place, too,” Winkert says. The spot is even open for breakfast, when it serves up bacon smoked at the restaurant and omelets that include brisket and homemade breakfast sausage.
What I Ordered
The BBQ For Two meal ($22.99). This meal is a steal. It includes fork-tender slices of brisket, half of a smoked chicken, ribs that literally fall off of the bone, homemade smoked sausage and a heaping pile of pulled pork. There wasn’t one thing that I tried that I am not still drooling about. For sides, I tried baked beans and fries. The beans are a favorite for vegetable-haters, filled with hunks of beef and a heavy smoky flavor.
Photo by Kevin O'Riley