Spooney’s Bar-Be-Que

Leroy "Spooney" Kenter, Jr.
404 Pelican Street
Greenwood, MS 38930
(662) 709-1465

Leroy Kenter, Jr., better known as “Spooney,” started barbecuing at home in Kansas City, Kansas. When he returned to his native Greenwood, he knew he wanted to have his own place and make a name for his own brand of ‘cue and sauce. Located in a narrow space on Johnson Street with smokers in the lot next door and just down and across from the Crystal Grill, a whole different clientele know and love Spooney’s food, and they keep coming back. Spooney’s secret is in his sauce, the recipe for which came to him after his first wife left him. The story is that Spooney sat at home alone, staring at the walls for days upon days. Then one day his eye caught the image of the crock-pot sitting on the kitchen counter. Then some ketchup. And then his mind started swimming with secrets and spices, culminating in his homemade sauce that was inspired by heartache. This man’s barbecued ribs really will make you cry.

*Spooney closed his Johnson Street location in 2009.

Date of interview:

August 9, 2003


Amy C. Evans


Amy C. Evans

I woke up the next morning, and the house was all smelling and I was thinking, 'Oh, I done burnt that sauce up!' And when I went in the kitchen and looked at the sauce, it was smelling so good. And I tasted it, and I said, 'Mmm! I done hit a lick.'

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