Sauce on your face is no disgrace at The Rib Shack, a restaurant with successful runs in both South Ogden and Syracuse that is set to open this summer in Morgan. The establishment specializes in ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket with all the fixings.
Lately, owners Zeke and Monica Swander, Josh and Teri Steele, and Mark and Tammi Sacco have been renovating the inside of the former LiquiFaction location at 125 N. State Street to construct theme rooms for the restaurant.
At the current Syracuse location, theme rooms include the Huntin’ Shack with a mounted buck; Bayou Shack with an outdoor Southern feel; Caddy Shack with golf clubs and a funny looking critter on the shelf; large Party Shack with mounted movie posters; Guard Shack honoring police and fire crews; Surf Shack under a large umbrella; and the Love Shack with a romantic feel.
Since it “ain’t no sin to have sauce on your chin,” each shack has a handy paper towel dispenser for those messy meals.
While the owners will take their Syracuse shacks as inspiration, the Morgan location’s smaller quarters will mean shacks on a more limited scale. They plan four theme rooms, with maybe a few more outside.
Zeke Swander said that as long as seating in the shacks are available, diners can choose to eat in any of them. “Pick a shack to enjoy your rack,” he said. “It’s different and unique. The shacks really draw people.”
Menu items include the same single special recipe barbecue sauce made from scratch and created by Mark Sacco. The meat is smoked and prepared days in advance so that your order can be ready within 3 to 5 minutes of ordering.
“We have had nothing but raves on our sauce,” that is used on all meat menu items, Zeke Swander said. “It has a unique taste.”
The sauce, which is also mixed in with the company’s fry sauce, is available for sale and is gluten free.
Check out the $6 lunch and $8 dinner menus on facebook at The Rib Shack Utah. Sides include French fries, coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob, baked potatoes and corn muffins. The family meal options feed four.
You can call ahead for specific shack reservations, or for “ribs on the run.” The restaurant, which will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, also caters.
The owners are excited to bring the dining option to the Morgan area, especially the Swanders. Monica grew up in the county while Zeke was formerly employed by the county. Aside from their current Syracuse location and planned Morgan location, the company plans to expand in the future.