CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Many Charlestonians consider Mayor Danny Jones the barbecue pitmaster.
Jones has been cooking up his famous barbecue ribs for nearly 35 years and has shown no signs of slowing down.
The 62-year-old became mayor in 2003 and although his daytime job prevents him from pursuing several of his hobbies, he has still found time to pursue one of his greatest passions -- cooking.
Jones is no average chef. He has spent decades perfecting the barbecue ribs that have become quite popular in the capital city.
He's mastered barbecuing so well that he was provided the opportunity to have his barbecue ribs become a fixture in the Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes. The French Quarter restaurant added his infamous ribs to their menu last night. The ribs are expected to remain on the menu every Thursday.
"I'm hoping people enjoy them (ribs) as much as I do," Jones said. "The French Quarter is a beautiful restaurant and stays quite busy on Thursday nights. I'm honored to showcase my ribs here."
Jones has had a close association with the casino for years. He approached officials at the casino who sampled his ribs.
Jones said his ribs received much praise from casino employees and was invited to join and train the chefs on how to prepare them. Although he is a little reluctant to share his "secret" recipe, he will budge after awhile.
"I use sugar, apple cider vinegar, a hint of cinnamon and ketchup in my sauce," Jones said.
His secret includes the three S's -- steam, smoke and sauce.