New BBQ restaurant on Indy’s East Side with over 20 years in the works

New BBQ restaurant on Indy’s East Side with over 20 years in the works

Dwayne Gibson got his start in the barbecue business more than 20 years ago, on an old rusty grill in a friend’s backyard.

It was just for fun, to feed his friends, he said, the 15-20 guys who sat in the back, sipped a beer and offered immediate criticism – a great environment to “hone my craft.”

Soon enough, the consistent aromas of burnt mulberry wood, charred rib tips, and chicken wings seduced the surrounding neighborhood.

“Everyone would stop. It became something, ”Gibson said. “No one knew the name, but you smelled the flame.”

Dwayne Gibson Sr. removes the tips of the smoker's ribs on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Gip Got Tips, 2073 North Emerson Ave. Indianapolis Ind.

On November 1, 2021, he and his wife, Stephanie Gibson, officially opened Gip Got Tips, a barbecue restaurant at 2073 North Emerson Avenue, specializing in smoked pork rib tips and chicken tips. There is currently no dining option, although the couple hope to be able to offer that service – staff pending – in 2022. Orders must be placed by phone or online and removed from the restaurant.

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