I ate a lot of 'smokes and ears' during my many years in Jackson, MS. On my recent trip there I decided to go back to what the locals call "Big Johns" I ordered two smokes and one ear. The sandwiches are wrapped in wax paper and put in a brown bag. Therefore, I didn't know my order was wrong until it was too late. Back in the day they used a delicious, spicy sauce and put mustard on the sandwiches. You could also get them with really, really hot sauce. This time there was no mustard, the sauce was watered down and tasteless. And it really was NOT hot to me. I just had some sticky, gummy tasteless nothing. They no longer sell beer, so I had to wash them down with a soft drink. There is a vending machine there with various soft drinks and Hawaiian Punch. I went during the day and there was not a long wait. My aunt, cousin, and I went the next evening about: p.m. This time there was a looooong wait. We got them to go. We had to microwave them since they had gotten cold. I was disappointed again. My smoke was soggy, greasy and tasteless. Another of my cousins said she tried to eat one, but it was so soggy and nasty that it made her throw up. Sorry, Mr. Lee, but "Big Johns" just doesn't make the grade, in my book, anymore.
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