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2012-09-18 08:52:50 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: 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.


you're from florida, ergo your opinion is questionable
 
2012-09-18 08:53:20 PM  

Beerguy: 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! 


I agree with everyone you have talked to. I believe the church only makes barbecue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It's just a tiny little shack with the smoker out on the porch. The under side of the porch roof is thick with years greasy smoke build up. There are only a few tables inside and the big fat black lady that takes your order calls everyone "sweetie". They have an all you can eat option that left me with three day meat hangover. Man I ate a lot of brisket and ribs.
 
2012-09-18 08:55:14 PM  
All very nice, but where can I get a good salad?

I'm curious about something: In Montreal we have the Bar-B Barn, where the ribs are sweet and candy-like. Is this common-ish? Is it considered BBQ?
 
2012-09-18 08:56:22 PM  

loonatic112358: TheDumbBlonde: 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.

you're from florida, ergo your opinion is questionable


My typographic fail didn't do much to advocate my point, I'll admit, and as loathe as I am to confess it: I'm a Florida native with deep Georgia roots. And I know my BBQ,
 
2012-09-18 08:57:20 PM  

Appley: mesmer242: Salt Lick sucks.

Agreed, way overrated. They should have gone with Stubb's instead.


I agree. shiat, Rudy's is better. County Line's baby back ribs are my favorate.
 
2012-09-18 08:57:23 PM  
List fails without Baldwin's BBQ in Springfield,TN. Fourth generation BBQ, opened for about 85 or 90 years now. When I worked there people came from all over the world to eat it.
 
2012-09-18 08:57:45 PM  

Porous Horace: All very nice, but where can I get a good salad?

I'm curious about something: In Montreal we have the Bar-B Barn, where the ribs are sweet and candy-like. Is this common-ish? Is it considered BBQ?


No.
 
2012-09-18 08:58:14 PM  
How did Applebee's not make it. Riblet's!!!
 
2012-09-18 08:58:38 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: My typographic fail didn't do much to advocate my point, I'll admit, and as loathe as I am to confess it: I'm a Florida native with deep Georgia roots. And I know my BBQ,


You should try heading west, and partaking of brisket

AnyName: I agree. shiat, Rudy's is better. County Line's baby back ribs are my favorate.


rudy's the gas station chain? I wasn't impressed when I tried em, but I'd be willing to go again
 
2012-09-18 08:59:35 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.


This. There should be at least slight concern that you could get shot or stabbed in the neighborhood of the establishment as well.
 
2012-09-18 08:59:49 PM  

TownDrunk: How did Applebee's not make it. Riblet's!!!


you damn trolls out be shot for even thinking that sort of swill would be acceptable here
 
2012-09-18 09:00:29 PM  

loonatic112358: TheDumbBlonde: My typographic fail didn't do much to advocate my point, I'll admit, and as loathe as I am to confess it: I'm a Florida native with deep Georgia roots. And I know my BBQ,

You should try heading west, and partaking of brisket

AnyName: I agree. shiat, Rudy's is better. County Line's baby back ribs are my favorate.

rudy's the gas station chain? I wasn't impressed when I tried em, but I'd be willing to go again


Not bad stuff, but it fails one of the truths of BBQ; It's PORK.
 
2012-09-18 09:01:53 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: Not bad stuff, but it fails one of the truths of BBQ; It's PORK.


if ya have to drown it in sauce like so many of your pork lovin brethren it can't be good bbq
 
2012-09-18 09:03:17 PM  
In before "list fails without [name of BBQ joint that I've been to]".

Oh, wait.

/ do these kinds of lists ever succeed?
// I also mix wasabi into my soy sauce. Suck it.
 
2012-09-18 09:03:44 PM  

Porous Horace: All very nice, but where can I get a good salad?

I'm curious about something: In Montreal we have the Bar-B Barn, where the ribs are sweet and candy-like. Is this common-ish? Is it considered BBQ?


No.

Glazing with a bit of brown sugar is one thing, but it should by no means taste "candy-like." Any brown sugar should be caramelized and turned into a thin layer of crispy char on the outside of a fall-apart-tender rib. Go back to the "Bar-B Barn" and - with a pair of leather gloves in hand - slap the owner/cook/counter person/whoever in the face with them.
 
2012-09-18 09:03:53 PM  

Worst Name I Ever Heard: In before "list fails without [name of BBQ joint that I've been to]".

Oh, wait.

/ do these kinds of lists ever succeed?


sure, it stirs up discussion and makes people hunger for bbq
 
2012-09-18 09:04:56 PM  

loonatic112358: TheDumbBlonde: Not bad stuff, but it fails one of the truths of BBQ; It's PORK.

if ya have to drown it in sauce like so many of your pork lovin brethren it can't be good bbq


I have nothing to say to people that drown Q in sauce. It's about the smoke.
 
2012-09-18 09:06:34 PM  

loonatic112358: Worst Name I Ever Heard: In before "list fails without [name of BBQ joint that I've been to]".

Oh, wait.

/ do these kinds of lists ever succeed?


sure, it stirs up discussion and makes people hunger for bbq


I concur. I'm again scouting the location of my next feast. The list sucks, but damn if it doesn't make a BBQ enthusiast instantly resort to primal pangs for a bonfire and slabs of gory meat.
 
2012-09-18 09:06:39 PM  

loonatic112358: Worst Name I Ever Heard: In before "list fails without [name of BBQ joint that I've been to]".

Oh, wait.

/ do these kinds of lists ever succeed?


sure, it stirs up discussion and makes people hunger for bbq



Yup makes me want to buy a 1966 Cadillac Convertible, pull my daughter out of school and take off on an American BBQ Road Trip, and everybody knows the fall weather makes BBQ taste better.
 
2012-09-18 09:07:28 PM  
List fails with Baby Blues in Venice and not Morfia's down the street in Marina del Rey. I've had both and there's no comparison. Morfia's has the best damn pulled pork sandwich out there.
 
2012-09-18 09:07:31 PM  

PallMall: Porous Horace: All very nice, but where can I get a good salad?

I'm curious about something: In Montreal we have the Bar-B Barn, where the ribs are sweet and candy-like. Is this common-ish? Is it considered BBQ?

No.

Glazing with a bit of brown sugar is one thing, but it should by no means taste "candy-like." Any brown sugar should be caramelized and turned into a thin layer of crispy char on the outside of a fall-apart-tender rib. Go back to the "Bar-B Barn" and - with a pair of leather gloves in hand - slap the owner/cook/counter person/whoever in the face with them.


You have good intentions but a bad education, Sir.
 
2012-09-18 09:07:53 PM  

timujin: ur14me: Beerguy: The list is pretty good with one GLARING omission....

Epic fail without this one - even Corky's deserves an honorable mention.

Not in the SE US? Not BBQ. Not altering my opinion.

Corky's is tourist 'que. Seriously, folks, if you're ever in Memphis, go to the Bar-B-Que Shop. You will be glad you did. I honestly believe you will track me down on this site just to thank me for the recommendation. It's that good.


even if you think corky's is "tourist," it's still great. my father in law took me to "three little pigs" about 15 years ago-i think it was on central--have they moved??the googles do nothing for me. super pulled pork sammich! gridley's and tops are good also!
 
2012-09-18 09:08:40 PM  

Soltris: 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.


A second for Jon Jon's. My family - originally from the south - love it.
 
2012-09-18 09:08:46 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: loonatic112358: TheDumbBlonde: My typographic fail didn't do much to advocate my point, I'll admit, and as loathe as I am to confess it: I'm a Florida native with deep Georgia roots. And I know my BBQ,

You should try heading west, and partaking of brisket

AnyName: I agree. shiat, Rudy's is better. County Line's baby back ribs are my favorate.

rudy's the gas station chain? I wasn't impressed when I tried em, but I'd be willing to go again

Not bad stuff, but it fails one of the truths of BBQ; It's PORK.


No. Any dipstick with a gas grill and a smoke basket make good baby backs. A smoker and a half decent rub can yield good St. Louis ribs or pork butt. Those are better cuts of meat. Arguing over who has the best smoked pork is like arguing who has the best baked potato. Real barbecue is beef. It takes a true artist to make really succulent, tender, sauceless delicious brisket. Beef is the true test of barbecue mastery.
 
2012-09-18 09:10:08 PM  
WHATS THE BEST PLACE NEAREST TO PROVIDENCE, RI ?????????
 
2012-09-18 09:11:08 PM  

max_pooper: TheDumbBlonde: loonatic112358: TheDumbBlonde: My typographic fail didn't do much to advocate my point, I'll admit, and as loathe as I am to confess it: I'm a Florida native with deep Georgia roots. And I know my BBQ,

You should try heading west, and partaking of brisket

AnyName: I agree. shiat, Rudy's is better. County Line's baby back ribs are my favorate.

rudy's the gas station chain? I wasn't impressed when I tried em, but I'd be willing to go again

Not bad stuff, but it fails one of the truths of BBQ; It's PORK.

No. Any dipstick with a gas grill and a smoke basket make good baby backs. A smoker and a half decent rub can yield good St. Louis ribs or pork butt. Those are better cuts of meat. Arguing over who has the best smoked pork is like arguing who has the best baked potato. Real barbecue is beef. It takes a true artist to make really succulent, tender, sauceless delicious brisket. Beef is the true test of barbecue mastery.


You go on thinking that. The rest of us will eat BBQ.
 
2012-09-18 09:11:23 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: You have good intentions but a bad education, Sir.


DERP?
 
2012-09-18 09:12:18 PM  

tonguedepressor: WHATS THE BEST PLACE NEAREST TO PROVIDENCE, RI ?????????


LOL!
 
2012-09-18 09:13:44 PM  

tonguedepressor: WHATS THE BEST PLACE NEAREST TO PROVIDENCE, RI ?????????


LOLz.

Probably Nat Hayden's in Windsor, CT. Which is to say, nowhere near your adorable little village.
 
2012-09-18 09:14:20 PM  

PallMall: TheDumbBlonde: You have good intentions but a bad education, Sir.

DERP?


Really? In a BBQ thread?
 
2012-09-18 09:15:42 PM  

tonguedepressor: WHATS THE BEST PLACE NEAREST TO PROVIDENCE, RI ?????????


Get on I-95 and start heading south when you see the sign Welcome to North Carolina, start looking.
 
2012-09-18 09:17:57 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: PallMall: TheDumbBlonde: You have good intentions but a bad education, Sir.

DERP?

Really? In a BBQ thread?


After reviewing your input on the subject... perhaps.
 
2012-09-18 09:19:30 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


Damn, I may have to re-visit this whole fave thing baby. BarBQ is not pig. And sweet taters make mighty fine fries and pie. We need to talk.
 
2012-09-18 09:19:58 PM  
I was about to protest that Sweatman's wasn't on the list, then a quick check online indicates they changed ownership and it is not as good. Very sad.
 
2012-09-18 09:20:33 PM  

tonguedepressor: WHATS THE BEST PLACE NEAREST TO PROVIDENCE, RI ?????????


France.
 
2012-09-18 09:21:10 PM  
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but your mother smokes the best pole
 
2012-09-18 09:21:34 PM  
Texans uses that abomination, mesquite, for smokin because they don't have any trees.
Sometimes they substitute a railroad tie if mesquite is unavailable, and no one can tell the difference.
 
2012-09-18 09:22:35 PM  

PallMall: TheDumbBlonde: PallMall: TheDumbBlonde: You have good intentions but a bad education, Sir.

DERP?

Really? In a BBQ thread?

After reviewing your input on the subject... perhaps.


Welcome, Newb.
 
2012-09-18 09:22:53 PM  

dryknife: Texans uses that abomination, mesquite, for smokin because they don't have any trees.
Sometimes they substitute a railroad tie if mesquite is unavailable, and no one can tell the difference.


Depends on what part of the state you're in, lots of folks use oak or pecan as well
 
2012-09-18 09:24:22 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: 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

Damn, I may have to re-visit this whole fave thing baby. BarBQ is not pig. And sweet taters make mighty fine fries and pie. We need to talk.


Q is pig, sweet tators are for pies...ok we need to talk.
 
2012-09-18 09:25:21 PM  
Oh come on. Randy White's!
 
2012-09-18 09:26:52 PM  
I heard that Moses White's BBQ in Ybor City, Tampa was damn good, but unfortunately the old man passed away and the joint closed before I could try it.
 
2012-09-18 09:27:06 PM  

indylaw: tonguedepressor: WHATS THE BEST PLACE NEAREST TO PROVIDENCE, RI ?????????

LOLz.

Probably Nat Hayden's in Windsor, CT. Which is to say, nowhere near your adorable little village.


I'm ok with the occasional and scattered local homicides in PVD, I just want me some good ol fashioned real Barb a Que chicken and/or ribs. C'mon Maaan!
 
2012-09-18 09:28:21 PM  
The best Eastern NC Barbecue is cooked by people for fundraisers and competitions, not restaurants. While I enjoyed the Pit, the best stuff I've had is from some guys I know who usually do it for fundraisers around town.
 
2012-09-18 09:28:30 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.


Agreed. I am all about some Eastern style NC BBQ, but goddamn if I don't love me some fine brisket. Too bad I live about 20 miles from #15 and can't get either. At least down east is closer than Texas.
 
2012-09-18 09:29:11 PM  

tonguedepressor: indylaw: tonguedepressor: WHATS THE BEST PLACE NEAREST TO PROVIDENCE, RI ?????????

LOLz.

Probably Nat Hayden's in Windsor, CT. Which is to say, nowhere near your adorable little village.

I'm ok with the occasional and scattered local homicides in PVD, I just want me some good ol fashioned real Barb a Que chicken and/or ribs. C'mon Maaan!


You live in New England, FFS. You want good seafood? You got it. Italian food? Hell yeah. Barbecue? You takes what you can gets up here. You want real barbecue? You won't find it north of Virginia. Well, maybe some transplant in New York City makes something tasty and overpriced, but not the real thing.
 
2012-09-18 09:32:01 PM  

PallMall: 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.


They sure are - TN BBQ is good.
 
2012-09-18 09:32:11 PM  
Smoke Stack off of Old 71 was better than Jack Stack, but then Jack ran his mouth off and pissed off the rest of the family. Something something something Smoke Stack closed, which almost certainly had nothing to do with being afraid to leave your car in that part of town, and now we make do with Jack Stack. The sauce is about the same, but I liked Smoke Stack's really thin deli-sliced meat better.
 
2012-09-18 09:35:35 PM  

Biff Spiffy: Never tried the Pit, even though I drive by it every week...

The Q Shack in Durham is quite excellent, and Holden's in Wake Forest is amazing. But my favorite by far is Pik n Pig in Carthage NC. It's right on a runway (5NC3), lots of fly-in traffic but it's a local favorite too.

/bring a bib
//and a translator


Holden's = 10 minutes from my house, but 30 minutes from work

/may work from home tomorrow...
 
2012-09-18 09:38:31 PM  

tonguedepressor: indylaw: tonguedepressor: WHATS THE BEST PLACE NEAREST TO PROVIDENCE, RI ?????????

LOLz.

Probably Nat Hayden's in Windsor, CT. Which is to say, nowhere near your adorable little village.

I'm ok with the occasional and scattered local homicides in PVD, I just want me some good ol fashioned real Barb a Que chicken and/or ribs. C'mon Maaan!


Is there still a place on Dyke Street? Or maybe it's Dike Street. Either way, yeah BBQ in RI, not awful, makes a turd.
 
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