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Puddle Jumpers BBQ

4939 So. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207
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Ranked #172 of 1,414 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Price range: $5 - $10
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Description: Puddle Jumpers BBQ Reopens Under New Chef/OwnerMILWAUKEE, Jan. 23 2013 -- South side restaurant Puddle Jumpers Smokehouse and BBQ reopened recently under new chef/owner Lisa "the Ale Wife" Keefer. Big changes are underway for the two-year-old restaurant, conveniently located on Howell Ave, near Mitchel International Airport. Since taking over the restaurant on Dec 11th, 2012, Keefer has refocused the restaurant on what it does best - smoked, slow-cooked Texas and Kansas City style BBQ. Patrons also now have a choice of six new, unique, from-scratch sauces to pair with their BBQ, sandwich or burger.Puddle Jumpers now also offers a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options, including a smoked marinated portabella mushroom with bleu cheese and roasted red pepper, also available in burger form on a regular, pretzel or gluten-free bun, made locally and delivered daily.Fans of the previous Puddle Jumpers will be happy to know that several staples from the former menu are still available, including the honey-butter corn bread.Puddle Jumpers is located at 4939 S Howell Ave in Milwaukee, WI. About the Chef: Lisa Keefer has been exposed to different cuisines since she was 6 years old at the folk fair, where she volunteered until she was 25. She would always try all the food from every culture and try to reproduce it at home. Since her time at the folk fair, she has worked with well-known chefs throughout Milwaukee, including Chef Ron Edwards of the Safe House and Chef Thi Cao, formerly of the Milwaukee Art Museum and now executive chef at Buckley's Restaurant. Lisa also wrote a recipe piece for Alcoholmanac Magazine for two years as "The Ale Wife," cooking with and pairing food with beer and spirits.About the Sauces: Puddle Jumpers has crafted six new, house-made sauces - four BBQ and two hot sauces. Puddle Jumpers BBQ is a Midwest-style sweet and tangy sauce; Asian Cherry is mild and slightly sweet; Spicy Mustard is a South Carolina-style BBQ that goes especially well with anything on a pretzel bun; and the Beer-B-Que is a wee bit spicy and, obviously, made with beer.The two new hot sauces are their house Hot Sauce, made from Fresno chilies and orange juice, and the Smokin' Hot, made from habañeros and peaches. They also have a Sinister Sauce, which adds Ghost Pepper powder to their Smokin' Hot sauce, and is only available on their Sinsiter Wings food challenge - eat seven Sinister Wings to get your photo on their Wall of Flame.Media Contact: Lisa Keefer (chef/owner)-----------
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English first
Milwaukee, wi
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It's ALL good, literally. We've been here many times with many friends and pretty much everyone loved something about it. The atmosphere is great. The owner, Lisa, walks around when she has a few minutes to check and make sure everything is great and everyone is happy. They have daily specials that are typically quite good. They have a pulled... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Small old restaurant with aviation decor. Can sit inside or out. Very friendly staff, but the food was the highlight. I had the Brisket with Wisconsin Cheese and sautéed mushrooms and onions. It was amazing !

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Rock City, IL
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I stumbled upon this place when I got stuck staying over by the Milwaukee airport without a vehicle. I just walked around and decided to step in. I am glad I did! the staff was very helpful and friendly and the food was yummy! Smoked on site. I had the wings, cole slaw and garlic smashed potatoes. The potatoes were... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Nice folks, excellent food, proper BBQ decor (paper napkins, lino floor). All the staff were super friendly and kind. Don't miss the corn fritters.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I are way late in trying this restaurant. But we will visit it again soon! Husband had a half rack of ribs, the honey mustard bbq sauce and a side of corn fritters. The ribs were awesome. Juicy and lots of smoky flavor. We want them to bottle the honey mustard bbq sauce, and the corn fritters... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Dropped a friend off at the airport and stopped at Puddle Jumpers. Had the best Tacos in my life. The tacos were so good we decided to take some Ribs home with us. The ribs are as good as any I've ever had here in Milwaukee.Very friendly staff. My wife and I are lucky we live 12 miles away from... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I had recently been to a 5-star resort and the service there was no better than what I received at Puddle Jumpers. Baked beans were awesome. I don't eat ribs often but I did polish off a half rack here. Tacos have me curious and perhaps on a future visit??

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Milwaukee, WI
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Had been told this place has fantastic ribs. Stopped here last Friday evening bout 7:00pm. First thing I found out upon entering the place is that they don't have a liquor license .. and we could not bring our own bier in. The 2nd and most amazing thing to me was ... I ordered the ribs and was told point... More 

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Lisa K, Owner at Puddle Jumpers BBQ, responded to this review

Dear sir, as you may recall, we explained to you that some high demand items may run out as it clearly states twice in our menu. Also NO restaurant will allow you to carry in anything specially BEER or LIQUOR! Had you waited quietly for 20 minutes instead of threatening my self and my daughter, you would have recieved your... More 

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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a small little place with a big bold taste. Not a huge menu but if it is down home southern food then it is on the menu. We had the beef and it was very good. The only thing is they really do not have any sweet sauce unless you want to pay extra. But the sauces we... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Enjoyed the down home service from seasoned BBQers (Groaner pun.) I peaked- The cooks in back were wearing crisp & clean chef's uniforms. Next time we will take advantage of the drive thru service. We dined in on our first nite and had a great meal & wonderful time. REAL barbecue, done right.

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Additional Information about Puddle Jumpers BBQ

Address: 4939 So. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone Number: 414-482-2271
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10

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