Flying Pig restaurant: Ramstein’s best-kept secret

by Marissa-Ellen Patterson
86th Force Support Squadron marketing assistant

The Flying Pig barbecue restaurant is one of Ramstein’s best kept secrets, located in the basement of the Ramstein Officers’ Club.

I’m sure many of you have walked into the club without even noticing the sign pointing to the restaurant downstairs. Delicious barbecue isn’t just for backyard parties anymore. You can enjoy it here, year-round.

“I ate at the Flying Pig several times because they have great barbecue,” said Janesia LaShae Farmer.

The Flying Pig offers several meat choices to fit everyone’s barbecue cravings.
The fall-off-the-bone rib plates come most recommended by repeat customers.
Top off your ribs with the barbecue sauce your tongue craves. The house barbecue sauce is among the favorite, but also available is the sweet-n-tangy, hot-n-spicy, extra hot and North Carolina vinegar sauce.

If ribs are not your craving for the day try their pulled pork Texas style, pulled chicken, Texas beef brisket or their zesty hot links, which are all smoked for four hours and slow baked for 12.

There are several sides to compliment the meat of your choice. Sides such as creamy macaroni and cheese — a favorite for the kids — Jack Daniel’s baked beans with two different types of beans, tater salad, corn on the cob and cole slaw makes you feel like you are in Texas eating barbecue.

All meats are served either as a sandwich or platter. Sandwiches are served with your choice of side, a pickle and beverage, whereas platters are served with two to three sides, corn muffin, pickle and beverage.

 “My favorite thing to eat is the Pig, also known as the pulled pork sandwich. I like the Flying Pig because it reminds me of Texas and they also give a club member discount, which makes their menu prices very reasonable,” said customer Krystal Mitchell.

The Flying Pig provides a family-friendly atmosphere and has the same meat choices and sides available, but in kid sized portions.

The Flying Pig is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The restaurant also offers a great dine-in section or take-out option for those on the go. The lunch rush gets busy quickly, so be sure to get there early.

“A favorite among customers is the barbecue pork and our apple and peach cobbler. We are available for special functions from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday with a minimum of 50 guests,” said club manager Timothy Hay.  
The Flying Pig offers catering services and great membership discounts.

To find out more about catering from the Flying Pig, call Norman Kienlen at 480-3066 or visit