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How to spot a great BBQ joint.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 12:42 PM

How to spot a great BBQ joint. 


http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/...ecue/?hpt=hp_t3

Barbecue Digest: How to spot a great barbecue joint

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Over the years, connoisseurs have formulated a variety of techniques to help their decision-making. In "Southern Belly", John T. Edge advances the cobweb test: “When in doubt...bend down and take a look at the woodpile.  Are there cobwebs collecting between the split logs?”  If there are, move on: it’s a gas-burner.

In "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue", John and Dale Reed devote four entire pages to this vital topic.  They note that almost all authorities have endorsed a mixture of pickup trucks and pricey imports in the parking lot as a reliable sign of quality, but they add a clincher: “If the sheriff’s car is there, hit your brakes immediately.”

Porky LeSwine of The BBQ Jew came up with his own handy list of “ten commandments” for separating the meat from the gristle.  The best of these tell you what to avoid: any place that is open on Sunday, serves beer, stays open past 9:00 pm, or advertises on billboards.

You assign a numeric score to a barbecue joint based upon the number of human-like things the pig on the sign is doing.  A realistic pig just standing there: 0 points.  A pig standing up and wearing a hat: 2 points.  A standing pig in a hat and overalls strumming a banjo, winking, and turning a barbecue spit (or feasting on his brethren) - well, just pull right on over.  You have found a winner.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 1:44 PM

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I just don't get BBQ. It is hard for me to understand the appeal. I like the smoke stuff, but everything else, to me, is not very good.
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Posted: 10/9/2012 2:07 PM

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EvilElf wrote: I just don't get BBQ. It is hard for me to understand the appeal. I like the smoke stuff, but everything else, to me, is not very good.


Fast, cheap, or good. 

Pick two.
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Posted: 10/9/2012 3:01 PM

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My general rule for restaurants (see below) doesn't apply to BBQ, unfortunately.

However, for any ethnic restaurant, apply this test:

1. Walk in.
2. Look around.
3. If at least 25% of the restaurant's patron's don't "match" the ethnicity of the cuisine, it's overly Americanized.
4. If you're the only one that doesn't "match" - jackpot.

Best example I can give is Jaipur Junction in North Royalton. I can walk in and be the only white face in the restaurant. It's also the best Indian food around.

I love this rule when traveling - found a great Mexican restaurant in Springfield, Vietnamese in Toledo, and Thai in Cleveland.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 3:15 PM

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ForeverRebuilding wrote: My general rule for restaurants (see below) doesn't apply to BBQ, unfortunately.

However, for any ethnic restaurant, apply this test:

1. Walk in.
2. Look around.
3. If at least 25% of the restaurant's patron's don't "match" the ethnicity of the cuisine, it's overly Americanized.
4. If you're the only one that doesn't "match" - jackpot.

Best example I can give is Jaipur Junction in North Royalton. I can walk in and be the only white face in the restaurant. It's also the best Indian food around.

I love this rule when traveling - found a great Mexican restaurant in Springfield, Vietnamese in Toledo, and Thai in Cleveland.
Yea, but what if you're in a Korean restaurant and its full of Chinese? How do you know? biggrin

Sideline- The family went to Italy this summer. Instead of relying on any suggested restaurants found online we asked locals. Turns out the worse restaurants we ate in were the ones where we asked the locals. We did much better doing an 'eye test' instead. Go figure....

Last edited 10/9/2012 3:18 PM by JERBB

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Posted: 10/9/2012 5:00 PM

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The best of these tell you what to avoid: any place that is open on Sunday

Yeah, those heathens who work on Sunday really suck at smoking a pork butt tongue

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Posted: 10/9/2012 5:06 PM

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chirodawg wrote:
EvilElf wrote: I just don't get BBQ. It is hard for me to understand the appeal. I like the smoke stuff, but everything else, to me, is not very good.


That's just Un-American..


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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:05 AM

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I've tried every style and I just don't get it. Unlike Shurmur, I admit I don't get it. ;)

I don't hate the stuff, but I don't go goo-goo over it. I think that City BBQ place is downright disgusting, yet most people froth over it.
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Posted: 10/10/2012 9:30 AM

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Best BBQ ribs I've ever had was at The County Line in Austin, TX.

Man, my mouth is watering just bringin' back the memories.

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We need just one victory and we're on our way
Prayin' for it all day and fightin' for it all night
Give us
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Posted: 10/10/2012 10:11 AM

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I have one simple rule, the plainer the decor, the better BBQ.

The best ribs I ever had was at a place called Mom and the in Pigs in Richmond IN (closed years ago, sob). It was a store-front operation with nothing more than tables, chairs and food. The real kicker was instead of napkins, you were given a plate of cheap white bread.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 10:14 AM

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JERBB wrote:


ForeverRebuilding wrote: My general rule for restaurants (see below) doesn't apply to BBQ, unfortunately.

However, for any ethnic restaurant, apply this test:

1. Walk in.
2. Look around.
3. If at least 25% of the restaurant's patron's don't "match" the ethnicity of the cuisine, it's overly Americanized.
4. If you're the only one that doesn't "match" - jackpot.

Best example I can give is Jaipur Junction in North Royalton. I can walk in and be the only white face in the restaurant. It's also the best Indian food around.

I love this rule when traveling - found a great Mexican restaurant in Springfield, Vietnamese in Toledo, and Thai in Cleveland.
Yea, but what if you're in a Korean restaurant and its full of Chinese? How do you know? biggrin


Being married to a Chinese woman, trust me it is easy to tell the difference.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:10 PM

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This rule doesn't work for me all of the time.

I have been to some crapholes that well have been crapholes truth be told,

But there was a magical time at the Original Arthur Bryant's in KC over by the ***** Baseball Hall of Fame in KC.

Plain as could be inside, I ate brisket, pulled pork, some ribs, burnt ends and yeah white bread for the sauce

It was the best bbq I had ever eaten
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Posted: 10/10/2012 8:32 PM

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Dry rub FTW.  Unfortunately... its hard to come by.

 I could be suave... but how many crude guys do you know? 

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Posted: 10/10/2012 10:25 PM

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EvilElf wrote: I just don't get BBQ. It is hard for me to understand the appeal. I like the smoke stuff, but everything else, to me, is not very good.
Smoked stuff is BBQ. Just because it says BBQ doesn't mean it is either.

Anyone wanting a terrific smoked Brisket, check out Rudys in Texas (Austin, Dallas and may other areas) better than a filet or T-bone IMHO. Also look at Salt Lick in Austin another great smoked Brisket house. No sauce needed on either of these briskets, but a little won't hurt.

When you don't smell smoke it's not BBQ, it's meat with sauce.

 

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Posted: 10/11/2012 3:39 PM

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I found a place near Washington Pa, Hogfather flipping awesome ribs!!!!! My grandfather taught me how to smoke ribs porkbut and brisket from a really young age. The rub he tought me is second to none.

SUA SPONTE!

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Posted: 10/11/2012 3:59 PM

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When it says Pappy's Smokehouse in St Louis!

City BBQ in Cbus, too...

 

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Posted: 10/11/2012 4:16 PM

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arand wrote: When it says Pappy's Smokehouse in St Louis!

City BBQ in Cbus, too...
Nah man, Bogard's is now the place in Soulard. . .

"Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."  Carl Spackler

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Posted: 10/12/2012 3:12 PM

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Living in the Carolinas BBQ is well required...... I could give a list of a dozen holes in the wall, everyone capable of spinning your head around twice they are so good.

Kudos have to go a place in Corinth MS. The Rib shack, went this summer and while standing gazing up at the board, the owner came up to me started to talk. Told me how the place had flooded a couple years earlier, showed me pics, took me to tour the smoke pit. Afterward thanked him, then went in to order. While in line he walked up with a plate that had a sample of everything on the menu, plus all there sauces. Then he explained how each sauce came to be and what he thought went best with what. Now half full, ordered and enjoyed some of the best ribs, I have had in a long while....  Any owner that cares that much about his Q is worth supporting!

PS, it all comes down to the Banana pudding....biggrin..
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Posted: 10/13/2012 7:33 PM

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EvilElf wrote: I just don't get BBQ. It is hard for me to understand the appeal. I like the smoke stuff, but everything else, to me, is not very good.
The best barbecue joints are the ones you can light. You have to let the sauce dry in the sun for a couple days then roll it carefully.

But be careful because you will get an appetite to eat marijuana.
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