New barbecue restaurant coming to Helena

Published 12:22 pm Thursday, October 15, 2015

Lazy Boy BBQ began as a food truck business and sometime in December they will open a storefront business in Helena. (Reporter Photo/Graham Brooks)

Lazy Boy BBQ began as a food truck business and sometime in December they will open a storefront business in Helena. (Reporter Photo/Graham Brooks)

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–If you’re near the Helena area and you’re a fan of freshly smoked meats, made-from-scratch sides and more, you will soon be in luck.

A new barbecue restaurant will soon be occupying a building near the Old Town area in Helena.

Lazy Boy BBQ is planning to open sometime in December at 4161 Helena Road and they offer a wide range of food including freshly smoked meats, made-from-scratch sides and desserts.

Before purchasing a building, Lazy Boy BBQ operated via food truck where they traveled to different functions, schools and private events offering their smoked meats, sides and desserts.

Both Tommy and Sherrie Pippin are natives of Georgia and Sherrie said the idea for starting a restaurant came after Tommy became successful in barbecue competitions.

“Our barbecue is a very South Georgia style,” said Sherrie. “My husband started doing competition barbecuing as a hobby and doing well and eventually people started asking for whole butts and racks of ribs and it just grew and grew from there.”

Both Tommy and Sherrie are Shelby County residents and have been operating their food truck business since May. In just a few months, people have already taken notice of how good Lazy Boy BBQ is.

“We are currently booked through the whole month of October and our plan is to open the store front sometime in December and then also continue to run the food truck business,” said Sherrie.

Lazy Boy BBQ smokes their meat for 14 hours and while Tommy is in charge of smoking all the meat, Sherrie is preparing all of the fresh sides and desserts.

Since all of the food is made fresh, once all of the food runs out that is it for the day.

As far as how the restaurant got its name dates back to the barbecue competitions.

“When Tommy was doing the barbecue competitions he had very small set up,” said Sherrie. “He had smoker, a tent and a lazy boy recliner. They would be out there overnight cooking and he would just sleep in the recliner. He would be next to people with huge rigs and set ups and he would place and he eventually got the nickname ‘lazy boy’ and that became the name of the business.”

As far as choosing a location, Sherrie said they love the Helena area and frequently visit Old Town.

“We are just people persons and we enjoy all the different people we meet,” said Sherrie. “We think Helena will be a great location because of all the events that go on near Old Town and Buck Creek. We are hoping it’s successful and can stay in Helena a long time.”

In addition to the food truck and the storefront, Lazy Boy also offers catering.

For more information and to view a catering menu visit