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2012-09-18 07:55:26 PM

Tom_Slick: Five questions to ask yourself when looking for a good BBQ Joint

1. Does the outside look like and abandoned building?
2. Is there a broken down pickup full of firewood parked near by?
3. Is there wonderful smelling smoke drifting from the rear of the building in quantities large enough to make you dial 911?
4. Is the parking lot full on a Tuesday Afternoon?
5. Do the interior furnishing look like they were picked out of the dumpster at Goodwill?

If the answer to number 3 is yes, and you can answer yes to 2 of the other questions chances are it is good BBQ.


Also: is there a state trooper's car in the parking lot?
 
2012-09-18 07:56:29 PM

pute kisses like a man: downstairs: Woo hoo!  They included The Joint in New Orleans.  I live a block from there.

still haven't been... so, it's that good?

/ might have to pick a night to eat barbecue and get served too much by bartenders in that area for a change.



Well, its (I think- not a BBQ expert) Kansas City style.  Which is dry not wet.  I prefer messy, wet BBQ personally.  But yeah, its damn good.  And very affordable.  Note that they moved a few blocks to a bigger place, so make sure you go to their site to get the address... I've noticed things like yelp or whatever still have the old address.
 
And, yes, you can easily get over-served for less than $30 down here in Bywater.  Quite a few good bars within walking distance of The Joint.
 
2012-09-18 07:56:48 PM

ManRay: Also: is there a state trooper's car in the parking lot?


That may only apply to Georgia so I left it out.
 
2012-09-18 07:58:05 PM

StRalphTheLiar: mesmer242: Salt Lick sucks. And they didn't bring their sauce when they catered my friend's wedding - they went to the grocery store and bought some. For this they will never be forgiven.

I wouldn't go so far as to say it sucks, but Salt Lick is way overrated.


Hell, I'd even put something like County Line's beef ribs up against Salt Lick's.
 
2012-09-18 08:00:16 PM

Tom_Slick: Five questions to ask yourself when looking for a good BBQ Joint

1. Does the outside look like and abandoned building?
2. Is there a broken down pickup full of firewood parked near by?
3. Is there wonderful smelling smoke drifting from the rear of the building in quantities large enough to make you dial 911?
4. Is the parking lot full on a Tuesday Afternoon?
5. Do the interior furnishing look like they were picked out of the dumpster at Goodwill?

If the answer to number 3 is yes, and you can answer yes to 2 of the other questions chances are it is good BBQ.


They were closed when I was there, so I can't speak about the food but I have heard from several people that this was the best BBQ they have ever tasted. Also, the entire area around the church smelled like delicious smoke....and they were closed! 

www.roadfood.com
 
2012-09-18 08:00:57 PM

cannotsuggestaname: Not a definitive list if Bullock's BBQ in Durham isn't on it. They did include The Pit in Raleigh, but Bullock's is better.


I agree...but Duke still sucks.
 
2012-09-18 08:02:43 PM
Oh yeah.. if you want a decent plate lunch around Houston, try Daniel's Meat Market in Baytown. Huge pork chops and pretty good ribs and links. Not to mention you can stock up the freezer on the cheap there.
 
2012-09-18 08:02:48 PM
I don't think anyone's actually posted this yet, so here is Texas Monthly's top BBQ joints. There's reviews of more than 300 places as well.
 
2012-09-18 08:03:04 PM
BBQ? What's that?

Brisket. Texas smoked or NYC pastrami. It matters not to me.
 
2012-09-18 08:03:17 PM
Gates BBQ beats the hell out of Arthur Bryants. Fail

word. i can tolerate arthur bryant's sauce on good meat. I can drink gate's sauce out the bottle cold and like it.

I was going to say the list fails without original Gates. I ate there a few times while out in KC on business and actually bought some of the sauce and seasoning to bring back home to FL.



You can tell when people are clueless about BBQ when they rave about the sauce. Good BBQ is dependent on the meat being good. You can dress it up, sauce it, season it all you want but if the meat isn't good or isn't cooked right than the BBQ is crap. That's why Gates sucks. Their meat is salty, tough, over-cooked, and the portions are too small. Gates sauce is ok, but it's way too salty for my tastes.

The only BBQ I've had that was worse than Gates was Maurice's in Columbia SC. The meat was awful and they had this bizarre mustard sauce that tasted pretty much like French's.

Virginia/NC BBQ is good as long as they don't mix in too much vinegar, but KC/Memphis are the best, and Texas is almost as good.

Rivertowne BBQ in Conway, Arkansas would also beat half the places on the above list.
 
2012-09-18 08:06:27 PM

Hal5423: Wow, 3 places from Austin (Including the Salt Lick, since that is basically the one everyone from Austin talks about), and there are even more that I had in area that were amazing..


Oh, FYI Lockhart is about as far off the highway as the Driftwood Salt Lick location, just in the other direction. Lockhart also has more than just Kreuz, there's three other BBQ places there that give it a run for its money (Black's, Chisolm Trail, and City Market).
 
2012-09-18 08:07:29 PM

sprawl15: Oh, FYI Lockhart is about as far off the highway as the Driftwood Salt Lick location, just in the other direction. Lockhart also has more than just Kreuz, there's three other BBQ places there that give it a run for its money (Black's, Chisolm Trail, and City Market).


I concur.
 
2012-09-18 08:07:33 PM

mesmer242: I don't think anyone's actually posted this yet, so here is Texas Monthly's top BBQ joints. There's reviews of more than 300 places as well.


Alot of those are just what I'm talking about. Podunk 1 stop light towns. And some amazing work with wood, fire and beef. You can spend your entire life just in Texas rating them.
 
2012-09-18 08:08:38 PM
If anyone finds themselves in St. Augustine, FL, there's an out of this world BBQ joint at the corner of US-1 and highway 206 on the south side of town.

The place is called Smokin D's. There's no seats but if you want, they put a couple of tree stumps out in the front where you can sit. Absolutely unreal BBQ...
 
2012-09-18 08:09:10 PM
Any San Antonio residents remember Tom's Ribs?
 
2012-09-18 08:09:56 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: mesmer242: I don't think anyone's actually posted this yet, so here is Texas Monthly's top BBQ joints. There's reviews of more than 300 places as well.

Alot of those are just what I'm talking about. Podunk 1 stop light towns. And some amazing work with wood, fire and beef. You can spend your entire life just in Texas rating them.


Sounds like someones dream job

/not mine, my writing is shiat and I don't want to get fatter
 
2012-09-18 08:10:37 PM

Snarfangel: Derigiberble: Franklin is DAMN good BBQ. However often you can drive from Austin to Llano, Lockheart, or Driftwood TX, eat some also damn good BBQ at Cooper's, Kreuz, or the Salt Lick, and be back before you get seated at Franklin and get your meat. The absurd wait in the hot sun is just not worth it, especially when you need to get there at 10AM or earlier to not run the risk of them running out.

The Salt Lick has to be my favorite because of the excellent food and the BYOB policy.

Ah, Cooper's, that's it. I mis-remembered the barbecues as barrels, but when looking at the pictures I remember how they were arranged. Fun place.

At least I think that's the right place. Lot's of good barbecue in Texas, oddly enough. :D


Looking at your description... yes you went to Coopers. The peach cobbler is just heavenly, as are the beef ribs. You sure lucked out stumbling across that while driving across the state!
 
2012-09-18 08:11:28 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: mesmer242: I don't think anyone's actually posted this yet, so here is Texas Monthly's top BBQ joints. There's reviews of more than 300 places as well.

Alot of those are just what I'm talking about. Podunk 1 stop light towns. And some amazing work with wood, fire and beef. You can spend your entire life just in Texas rating them.


I have heard if they have anything other than wax paper, cardboard and plastic for eating equipment at a Texas BBQ, just turn around and leave the place.

I think it used to have to do with the food service laws. You weren't a restaurant unless you had solid utensils--once you had those the board of health inspectors could get tough on you.
 
2012-09-18 08:13:38 PM
Leo's in Oklahoma City.

Blues City Cafe in Memhpis.
 
2012-09-18 08:13:51 PM

Tom_Slick: Five questions to ask yourself when looking for a good BBQ Joint

1. Does the outside look like and abandoned building?
2. Is there a broken down pickup full of firewood parked near by?
3. Is there wonderful smelling smoke drifting from the rear of the building in quantities large enough to make you dial 911?
4. Is the parking lot full on a Tuesday Afternoon?
5. Do the interior furnishing look like they were picked out of the dumpster at Goodwill?

If the answer to number 3 is yes, and you can answer yes to 2 of the other questions chances are it is good BBQ.


Extra Credit:
1. There must either be (a) An old black guy, or (b) An ancient white dude with chaw dripping down his chin - on the grill/smoker
2. Sauce made on premises - no "Bullseye" crap
3. Onions/Pickles/Jalepenos = ONLY CONDIMENTS AVAILABLE (other than sauce)
 
2012-09-18 08:18:29 PM

Boudica's War Tampon: I have heard if they have anything other than wax paper, cardboard and plastic for eating equipment at a Texas BBQ, just turn around and leave the place.


Zactly.
 
2012-09-18 08:18:50 PM

Tom_Slick: Five questions to ask yourself when looking for a good BBQ Joint

1. Does the outside look like and abandoned building?
2. Is there a broken down pickup full of firewood parked near by?
3. Is there wonderful smelling smoke drifting from the rear of the building in quantities large enough to make you dial 911?
4. Is the parking lot full on a Tuesday Afternoon?
5. Do the interior furnishing look like they were picked out of the dumpster at Goodwill?

If the answer to number 3 is yes, and you can answer yes to 2 of the other questions chances are it is good BBQ.


thestatusfaction.files.wordpress.com

Sounds like you've been to Daddy D'z.
 
2012-09-18 08:20:26 PM
WxGuy1:

Also: "Oklahoma Joes - Kansis City - Try the pulled pork" -- Kansis? Really?

Get the rope.
 
2012-09-18 08:23:06 PM

Zoophagous: Gates in Overland Park KS.

So good I find excuses to go to KS. I live in WA.


HI! MAY I HELP YOU?
 
2012-09-18 08:23:52 PM
I bet that very few farkers had the chance to eat there, but Big Shoe BBQ was a great place. Ribs, chicken, beans, and Cole slaw. Otherwise, you got Wonder bread and they kept a bottle opener on the counter. I started eating there while it still had a dirt floor. That was in the '90s.

Damn good stuff.
 
2012-09-18 08:23:57 PM

Boudica's War Tampon: I have heard if they have anything other than wax paper, cardboard and plastic for eating equipment at a Texas BBQ, just turn around and leave the place.


Even then, plastic is largely optional. Kreuz didn't give plastic silverware with the BBQ last I went, you got it only if you got sides.
 
2012-09-18 08:25:50 PM

PallMall: Tom_Slick: Five questions to ask yourself when looking for a good BBQ Joint

1. Does the outside look like and abandoned building?
2. Is there a broken down pickup full of firewood parked near by?
3. Is there wonderful smelling smoke drifting from the rear of the building in quantities large enough to make you dial 911?
4. Is the parking lot full on a Tuesday Afternoon?
5. Do the interior furnishing look like they were picked out of the dumpster at Goodwill?

If the answer to number 3 is yes, and you can answer yes to 2 of the other questions chances are it is good BBQ.

Extra Credit:
1. There must either be (a) An old black guy, or (b) An ancient white dude with chaw dripping down his chin - on the grill/smoker
2. Sauce made on premises - no "Bullseye" crap
3. Onions/Pickles/Jalepenos = ONLY CONDIMENTS AVAILABLE (other than sauce)


Extra extra bonus: they gotta make their own tater salad daily, rolls (all you want) and there's some shady busty gal with visible tats with a nice ass re-filling your 'sweet tea hon'.
 
2012-09-18 08:25:57 PM

The Southern Dandy: My new favorite place in Silicon Valley.


I've visited the south and east bay many times on business. Asian cuisines are pretty good there but anything else has been disappointing.
 
2012-09-18 08:27:41 PM

ImperialHazman: Dreamland in Tuscaloosa hands down. (With a nod to Moonlight.)


Dreamland is exceedingly overrated.
 
2012-09-18 08:28:02 PM

ScorpD: 17th Street, really? Their ribs are okay at best.


Okay is generous. Meh is closer. Locals love them, but no one with pork pedigree I've talked to understands the hype, and I agree.
 
2012-09-18 08:31:35 PM
Guy has a serious hard-on for Texas que, which, IMHO, is inferior to Carolina, Memphis, and KC.
 
2012-09-18 08:31:44 PM

Dazrin: JonBuck: Ranch House BBQ near Olympia, Washington.

Yes, Washington state. Best I ever tasted.

I have a business trip to Olympia next month... Thanks!

I need to go to Podnah's someday. I live on the (far) west side of the Portland area though. Buster's is much more convenient.


I used to live close to Podnah's original location so I ate there several times. The brisket was always good but the ribs were uniformly mediocre and sometimes outright dry. Call me crazy but I think Russell Street is the best BBQ in Portland.
 
2012-09-18 08:31:56 PM
WHOA WHOA WHOA.. slow the heck down. 
 
This place has gotta be good honey IT LOOKS LIKE A POST-APOCOLYPTIC HOBO CAMP!
 
2012-09-18 08:31:59 PM
Wilson's BBQ, Emporia, VA. You will want for nothing. Ladies will find you more attractive. Men will want to have beers with you. You'll grow four inches taller and your farts will smell like cotton candy and sound like angels laughing.

/do not have any financial or employment interest in Wilson's BBQ
 
2012-09-18 08:33:26 PM

Derigiberble: Franklin is DAMN good BBQ. However often you can drive from Austin to Llano, Lockheart, or Driftwood TX, eat some also damn good BBQ at Cooper's, Kreuz, or the Salt Lick, and be back before you get seated at Franklin and get your meat. The absurd wait in the hot sun is just not worth it, especially when you need to get there at 10AM or earlier to not run the risk of them running out.

The Salt Lick has to be my favorite because of the excellent food and the BYOB policy.


Cooper's in Llano is dynamite. Head up there once a year for Jeep Jamboree and Cooper's is the first stop.

Also just north of Bee Cave on SH71 is a place called Opie's, it's a serious smoke house.
 
2012-09-18 08:33:42 PM

indylaw: Wilson's BBQ, Emporia, VA. You will want for nothing. Ladies will find you more attractive. Men will want to have beers with you. You'll grow four inches taller and your farts will smell like cotton candy and sound like angels laughing.

/do not have any financial or employment interest in Wilson's BBQ


Cropped the image >:o

i278.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-18 08:35:01 PM
List fails without Beau's BBQ, Lafayette, CA.

Also, Famous Daves is great, for a chain.
 
2012-09-18 08:35:10 PM
#19 - Snows. In Lexington, TX - not KY. Only open on Saturdays.
 
2012-09-18 08:39:17 PM

Benjamin Stone: Any San Antonio residents remember Tom's Ribs?


I remember Tom's Ribs, was pretty decent. I also remember from an earlier comment someone mentioning Fuschak's BBQ. We got Fuschaks BBQ for our big team football meal at the start of the season every year and it was terrible. I am always partial to Rudys.
 
2012-09-18 08:41:25 PM

Pappas: Guy has a serious hard-on for Texas que, which, IMHO, is inferior to Carolina, Memphis, and KC.


That's the whole point. Everyone has different preferences in BBQ, and I imagine that dude is regularly in Texas, if not a Texas native. TX BBQ and TN BBQ are completely different beasts.
 
2012-09-18 08:42:11 PM

Rapmaster2000: machodonkeywrestler: machodonkeywrestler: Studson: Fox Brothers is pretty good, but where is Poole's Barbecue! That's some of the best in GA.

That place was good at one time, but their brisket has gone from one of the best I've had to the absolute worst. I thought it might have just been a bad visit, but subsequent visits have convinced me that this guy just does not know what he's doing.

Fox Brothers, that is.

They're Texans. That's supposed to be their thing.


Yeah, It's pretty sad.

Sounds like you've been to Daddy D'z.
And, THIS
 
2012-09-18 08:42:31 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7334052/79467086#c79467086" target="_blank">Nabb1</a>:</b> <i>Only one place from Memphis on there? Shenanigans. The Joint has some good cue for New Orleans, but we aren't known for good barbecue. Squeal on Oaks Street is pretty good, too, but neither of them are as good as some of the places I hit in Memphis when I'm up there.</i>

Can't believe The Commisary is not on there...l
 
2012-09-18 08:42:33 PM
Most of those on the list do not look or qualify as "joints;" they appear to be "restaurants."

BBQ joints are found on the side of a two lane possibly paved road in the middle of nowhere.

They tend to look like

2.bp.blogspot.com

or

farm2.staticflickr.com
 
2012-09-18 08:45:18 PM
These are the BBQ truths:

BBQ is made in the South
BBQ is made of Pork
BBQ is best made by old black men that know better than you do
There are no sweet potatoes in BBQ

This is known
 
2012-09-18 08:46:53 PM

Tom_Slick: Another Government Employee: Sprayberry's in Newnan are well worth the drive.

I grew up in PTC and that has always been one of my favorites. Oh and if you are ever forced to go to the outlets in Dawsonville Big D's is pretty damn good.


Only kicking and screaming....
 
2012-09-18 08:48:30 PM

TheDumbBlonde: These are the BBQ truths:

BBQ is made in the South
BBQ is made of Pork
BBQ is best made by old black men that know better than you do
There are no sweet potatoes in BBQ

This is known


Except when you introduce the Brisket.
 
2012-09-18 08:49:31 PM
NorCal isn't exactly a barbecue hot spot but I have to give a shout out to Jon Jon's in San Jose. They take being a hole in the wall to an artform and and if you want sides with your smoked meat you can have bread (literally a couple slices of Wonder), baked beans or potato salad and that's it. They pack it in there every day though because the meat's so tender and their sauce is delicious. They're not much for ambience but it's the best I've had in the area.
 
2012-09-18 08:49:50 PM

CJHardin: List fails without 12 Bones in Asheville, NC.

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AMEN
 
2012-09-18 08:51:00 PM

Rapmaster2000: Tom_Slick: Five questions to ask yourself when looking for a good BBQ Joint

1. Does the outside look like and abandoned building?
2. Is there a broken down pickup full of firewood parked near by?
3. Is there wonderful smelling smoke drifting from the rear of the building in quantities large enough to make you dial 911?
4. Is the parking lot full on a Tuesday Afternoon?
5. Do the interior furnishing look like they were picked out of the dumpster at Goodwill?

If the answer to number 3 is yes, and you can answer yes to 2 of the other questions chances are it is good BBQ.

[thestatusfaction.files.wordpress.com image 576x432]

Sounds like you've been to Daddy D'z.


I used to walk down the hill when I worked at the State Capitol. Fine stuff.
 
2012-09-18 08:51:15 PM

Kit Fister: TheDumbBlonde: These are the BBQ truths:

BBQ is made in the South
BBQ is made of Pork
BBQ is best made by old black men that know better than you do
There are no sweet potatoes in BBQ

This is known

Except when you introduce the Brisket.


Meh. Texans snoked what they had, I don't begrude them that, They brought their smoking skills from the South and made do.
 
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