Feed Your Soul: Jac’s Craft Smokehouse

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Ask anyone where to find a good barbecue, and you might get a few different answers, but one of the most popular in West Monroe is Jac’s Craft Smokehouse.

Antique Alley has been Jac’s home since it opened in 2019. However, it all started before for owners Tracey and Kristi Carter.

“To be honest, my wife and I started a sauces and seasonings business called Jac’s Tailgaters many years ago in 2005. We developed sauces, seasonings, and just a love of food,” Carter said.

You can tell Carter has been involved in barbecuing for a while. He makes sure his ingredients are premium and fresh to lock in the amazing flavors.

Carter also helps out in the community. He bought a food trailer a while ago and helps out in disasters.

“I orchestrated Operation Barbecue Relief to be brought here to Monroe, and we fed 55,000 meals that week,” Carter said. “Again I did when the last hurricane passed, I was parked at the Civic Center and we had 6,000 meals over three days.”

At that time he was working; then he was fired. He stepped out in faith and opened Jac’s Craft Smokehouse to bring BBQ to Antique Alley.

There is a television, but it is never on. Carter makes sure people can sit down, relax and talk. The place gives the impression of being in a backyard barbecue.

“Where you had people coming together, coming together to talk about old stories, talk about things they had done. I wanted us to be able to sit down with each other and make memories,” Carter said.

Carter makes sure people get what they pay for. Burgers are made from his smoked brisket, as well as his sandwiches. The ribs are so tender that they pull away from the bone. The Bayou Cuban is made from pork that it smokes.

Everything he makes is juicy, including the chicken.

“The cats are out of the bag, we have the best chicken in all of the Twin Cities, so I mean, that’s a big statement,” Carter said.

Desserts are freshly made on site, including Dulce de Leche banana pudding. She gets closer to the flavors of your Abuelita when she makes her cakes.

The employees keep the place full of energy and love working there.

One of the workers, Nathan Bailey, says he can’t wait to get inside. “The best thing about this job? Obviously the food, but secondly probably the co-workers,” Bailey said. He also says that Carter is one of the best bosses he’s had.

Carter also hosts special events featuring local farmers, showcasing them to showcase their food.

So get out and visit the public backyard barbecue, Jac’s Craft Smokehouse, where if you’re a barbecue fan, it will feed your soul.

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Edward L. Robinett