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Marriese “Mo” Jones opened Anointed BBQ & Soul Food in Sheridan in August 2016 and it has been booming ever since.
The recipes are inspired by the deep south and Mo’s grandmother who taught him how to cook starting at age 8. He also credits his grandmother for teaching him the love that is in cooking and what comes of sharing it. He started and runs the nonprofit Hedges & Highway Ministries to help give back to the community.
“I was on that side for so long; now that I’m on this I side, I have the opportunity to make a difference in somebody life, and that’s what this is about,” Mo says about helping others with his food.
Along with taking nonperishable donations, he takes his food to Urban Peak on the first and second Sunday of every month, and cooks a meal for homeless youth. Mo also hosts a group titled Men’s Struggles.
“They come here, they get to eat food … we get to talk about things we’re currently struggling with and things that we have struggled with in the past.”
The group creates a space where he can break down the construct of masculinity and allow men to let out what they may not in other company.
“We think we have to be macho and have that ego where we don’t hurt, but we do hurt, and we do need support.”
If you ask Mo for a recommendation, he’ll say, “Start at the top, the middle, or the bottom and work your way up.”
The brisket and catfish are among his best sellers. Pair it with yams and a vinegar-based spicy sauce, and you may find yourself in barbecue heaven. Anointed BBQ & Soul Food is located on 2504 W. Hampden Ave. and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and until 10 p.m. on the weekend.
Hours do change seasonally, so call ahead for information: 303-781-5565 Cooking aside, Mo and his family have one goal: “Whatever it is that can make a difference in their life, that’s the goal when we open up every day here.”
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