'More than just barbecue'
Former Foolery’s owner looks to serve all with new restaurant

By Alex Nemec

May 23, 2019

 Three briskets continue to cook during their 12-hour smoking session. Owner Tom “Foolery” Evert said all of the meat served at Boondocks Barbecue, Burgers and Brew is locally sourced.
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STONE BANK — A new barbecue restaurant called Boondocks Barbecue, Burgers and Brew, N67-W33525 Highway K, has opened up in Stone Bank and it’s looking to offer up more than just brisket and ribs to its customers.

“We’re trying to offer something to everyone so we’re not pigeonholing everyone into just coming here for our barbecue,” owner Tom “Foolery” Evert said.

Evert used to own Foolery’s in Okauchee, as well as the old Morgan’s Roadhouse, now Hollywood’s Roadhouse, before taking a break from the business after a motorcycle accident.

“We opened our restaurant because there isn’t much like it in Oconomowoc,” Evert said. “Barbecue has been a hobby of ours for years.”

Evert said his family runs the restaurant with him. His fiancé Dawn Jug is managing the bar and restaurant, while his son, Tom Evert Jr., is in charge of the smoker and is the kitchen manager.

Evert said he wanted to offer something healthier to the people of Lake Country.

“All of our BBQ sauces and rubs, everything is non-GMO, no MSG, all natural ingredients in our food,” he said. “The food out in the world sucks …(it’s) so full of preservatives and everything else. All of our meats are smoked fresh daily.”

 Racks of ribs sit in the smoker at Boondocks. Owner Tom “Foolery” Evert said
the ribs will smoke for three to four hours.

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Boondocks offers baby back ribs, which are smoked for four hours; brisket, which is smoked for around 12 hours; pork shoulder and pork butt. Evert said they also offer salads, burgers, sandwiches, shrimp and a Friday fish fry for people not craving barbecue.

“Some of our signature items are deep fried corn and our smoked mac and cheese,” he said. “All of our desserts are homemade.”

Evert said he took out the building’s original bar and put it outside so people could enjoy drinks on the porch in the summer. The bar inside was extended to seat more people.

In addition, Evert took down some walls to open up the room, instead of having multiple smaller rooms.

Boondocks also offers a veterans room with odes to all the branches of armed forces and a party room.

Evert said the grand opening this past weekend was well received with over 600 people coming through and getting the first taste of the homemade barbecue.

Boondocks opens at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m on weekends, with lunch service to be offered on the weekend within the next couple weeks, Evert said.