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“Great food and friendly service”
Review of Puddle Jumpers BBQ - CLOSED

Puddle Jumpers BBQ
Price range: $5 - $10
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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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)-----------
Reviewed November 13, 2011

Great food for a fast food joint near the airport. total comfort food menu but worth a stop. Very friendly service

Thank TTGG
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

A fair attempt at filling a sorely needed niche in the Milwaukee restaurant scene. I've modified my earlier 5-star review because in subsequent visits, we noticed that the meat is excessively smoky, almost in an artificial way.

Furthermore, they serve the sandwiches on really bad buns, sort of like eating a couch cushion. If you don't have alot of extra sauce to help choke it down, the bread ruins the sandwich.

Not a bad start but could use improvement:

1) cut down the artificial smoke
2) get better buns

1  Thank dds200
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

A co-worker and I decided to pick-up some food from here for lunch one day. I had the pulled pork dinner with potato salad and corn bread. This was hands down the best meal I've ever had in my life!! I talked about it for the next few days. There was enough food to make 2 meals out of it. I don't know what they do to their corn bread but it is amazing! I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone in the airport area looking for a good home-cooked type meal.

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1  Thank WITraveler3353
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Reviewed May 12, 2011

I spend a lot of time in Milwaukee on business, stuck in hotels so I eat out ALOT. Puddle jumpers is right across from the airport. The sign looked like it was damaged in a storm and looked hand-made, but I tried it anyway. It was like home cooking from grandma's house! Loved it. I will certainly be back. The staff was super friendly and also knew alot about milwaukee and didn't hesitate to share.

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Thank bluemanity
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

Across from the airport. Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am to 9 pm; Sun 11 am-8 pm. Dine In/Take Out and Catering. Owned by a former #1 saleswoman for Jenny Craig and owner of My Personal Chef. Real BBQ smoked and pulled on the premises. Homemade dessert creations.
Lots of variety, "fast" but GOOD!

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Thank p00ksilby
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