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Barbecue and beats: Check out this 90s party at The Inked Pig this weekend
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The Inked Pig is rolling out a new menu item — smoked sausages. The sausages are ground, stuffed and smoked at the restaurant on Main Street. - photo by Nick Bowman

The Inked Pig is taking things way, way back to the 1990s with its Bring Back the 90s BBQ Bash.

The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

“Everybody has been happy with everything we’ve been doing,” said Andrew Elliott, co-owner of the restaurant.

The barbecue joint at 893 Main St. SW in midtown will have games, beer from Downtown Drafts’ new Brews Cruiser and throwback music from Edwin Hughs, one of the guys behind Imperial Records.

Bring Back the 90s BBQ Bash

What: 1990s-themed party

Where: The Inked Pig, 893 Main St. SW, Gainesville

When: 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18

More info: www.facebook.com/events/352365785413436

The full-time menu of pulled pork, barbacoa brisket, sweet tea-smoked chicken and smoked turkey breast will be available Saturday, along with a special of smoked wings and smoked sausage.

“We’re going to do some ‘chimichula’ wings,” Elliott said. “It’s a chimichurri sauce and green Cholula Hot Sauce, tossed together with some smoked wings.”

He said they’re also thinking about doing beef ribs, especially with the item becoming more popular over the past few weeks.

“We want to do those big, thick-cut ribs,” Elliott said. “And just things like that. Things you wouldn't get at your normal barbecue restaurant. We want to change it up.”

Apart from the food and fun, there will be some competition at the BBQ Bash. The Inked Pig is hosting a 90s dress-up contest with a gift certificate to the restaurant as the prize.

And if you don't win the contest, you can soothe your sorrows with a helping of one of the most popular side items on the menu: fried okra.

“People love the okra,” said Jimmy Ellils, co-owner at the restaurant and the man working the smokers. “I don’t know what it is about it, but people love the okra. It’s cornmeal dusted and then we fry it and serve it with an Alabama white sauce. That’s the only thing we use the Alabama white sauce for.”

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The Inked Pig is set to officially open Friday, February 15, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele
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