Stop by Wilson's BBQ in Fairfield for the best brisket in the area
Ed Wilson was born and raised in South Norwalk, not known for cowboys or baby back ribs. Yet this Connecticut Yankee grew up to become both a barbecue pit master and the owner of Wilson’s BBQ in Fairfield. And in the rodeo world of barbecue contests he’s a champion. “I always wore cowboy boots as a little boy. I think I was supposed to be a cowboy,” Wilson says.
Wilson’s BBQ occupies a 100-year-old Victorian House on the Post Road. When it’s open, Thursdays through Sundays, it does a brisk trade in brisket and barbecue. “It’s the real food of America,” says Wilson.
“She was always cooking for people,” he says of his mother Mimi. Wilson started traveling after retiring at 50. On one trip, Wilson happened upon the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Tennessee. He noticed a team from Massachusetts. They invited Wilson to help. That was 13 years ago. He’s both competed and judged national barbecue contests since.
What would Mimi think now? “I think she’d be surprised I’m doing something with cooking. But the whole thing about Mimi was you’re all doing the same thing when you’re eating. A two year old to a 90 year old, you are all equal in that same breath of time and place.”
1851 Post Rd.,
Fairfield, CT 203-319-7427