We’re not sure how old legendary Louisiana meat man Wallace Johnson is, but we do know he’s been around long enough to cement his status as the boudin king of Acadiana.

We first read about Johnson’s Boucaniere a few years back on the Roadfood site. The little meat market in Lafayette had cleaned house at the big boudin competition, and we took notes so we could veer off I-10 on our next pass toward New Orleans to see what all the fuss was about. Glad we did.

We found a small, family-run operation putting out world class boudin, and hot plate lunches and serving up some serious hospitality while doing so. We’ve been hooked ever since.

If you’re over near Lafayette today swing on into Johnson’s, they’re serving free bread pudding to help Mr. Johnson celebrate another year on the lovely prairies of Western Louisiana.

Previous coverage: We buy our meat forty pounds at a time.Pic http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/3/22/Austin-Daily-Photo-Johnsons-Boucaniere-Practices-The-Art-Of-Smoking-Meats-In-Lafayette-Louisiana

pic of the smokehouse http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/1/15/Austin-Daily-Photo-Road-Trip-Edition-Johnsons-Boucaniere-Saturday-January-15th-2010

Fifteen pounds of sausage-hot off the smoker http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/4/21/Austin-Daily-Photo-15-Pounds-Of–Barbecue-Sausage-From-Johnsons-Boucaniere

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