Louisiana

Meet Shawn Feaster, Longtime Pitmaster at Joe Cobb Bar-B-Q

SHREVEPORT = Shawn Feaster has prepared barbecue at Joe Cobb Bar-B-Q in Bossier City for 23 years.

In 1952, Joe Cobb began selling barbecue out of the back of his brother Herschel’s meat market in downtown Bossier City. In the ensuing 65 years, Bossier City has changed all around it, but Joe Cobb Bar-B-Q is still standing at 203 McCormick Street. For lots of locals, a quick, inexpensive chopped beef sandwich ($2.50) from this historic eatery is a family tradition that’s been passed down through generations. Pitmaster Shawn Feaster, a 23-year veteran of the kitchen at Cobb’s, feels a responsibility to preserve the traditional taste of what he calls “Bossier City barbecue.”

“They’ve seen me grow up in here,” Feaster says. “When I fix it and someone comes in and says ‘it tastes just like it did when I was in high school,’ that makes my day, right there.”