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2012-09-18 09:39:28 PM  

OptimusHime: lifeboat: [pics3.city-data.com image 480x360] 

/Used to live within smelling distance
//Mouth watering just thinking about it

Hecky's, Chicken Shack, Buff Joe's, and Al's Deli... no wonder I gained so much college weight.


I miss Al's roast beef and béarnaise so very much.
 
2012-09-18 09:39:41 PM  

indylaw: 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.


Yeah, yeah, grade on the curve and let me cull the lest from the least. There has to be a redeeming place somewhere, I thought I heard something about a place in Brookline..?
 
2012-09-18 09:40:51 PM  

RoyHobbs22: 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.


That is the step away that I run from the direction of.
 
2012-09-18 09:41:29 PM  

timswar: 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.

Actual Eastern NC BBQ joints don't make the list because people who aren't from Eastern NC or the Piedmont seem to think BBQ should be drowned in BBQ sauce.

/The Pit is good, but isn't really a NC BBQ joint. Gimme Bullock's or Wilbur's or even Parker's.


Pete Jones in Ayden. That is all...
 
myc
2012-09-18 09:42:42 PM  
The list is fail without Anderson's in Dallas TX. That is all.
 
2012-09-18 09:42:45 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.


Mesquite is mostly Central to West Texas. If you haven't looked at any maps or Geography Textbooks in the last century, then I'll inform you that the South-Eastern portion of Texas is endowed with an abundance of those "tree" things you mention. A little Mesquite mixed with Pin Oak, Hickory or Pecan makes one hell of a good aroma at a Barbeque - not to mention the smoke flavor in some most-excellent Texas Barbecue.

TheDumbBlonde: Welcome, Newb.


Or am I?
 
2012-09-18 09:43:54 PM  

RagnarD: Not to diminish Gates, AB's, Jack Stack, Zarda or OK Joe's. They are all great in their own way. (HI MAY I HELP YOU!!??!?!?)

But, I sho did love me some LC's on Blue Parkway in KCMO in the 90s. Anybody tried them recently? Going back to visit KC this fall.

Side question: Is the Levee still around and laid back/fun as 15-20 years ago? What about Harling's upstairs? Grand Emporium? It's all coming back to me now... I really loved Amazing Grace's BBQ inside the GE. She used to have a different sauce every night, it seemed.

Looking forward to the visit. Been over a decade...


I'm not sure if that particular one is still around, but I know that the original on I-29 and 72nd street is. Yeah, HUGELY underrated, even in KC.

TheHappTroll: NSFW adds


Ah, that explains why the work filter pwned it.
 
Rat [TotalFark]
2012-09-18 09:44:16 PM  
I'm gonna put my thumbs up for Cooper's in Llano. It begins at the open pits just off the parking lot. The finished Q is then brought to the lead pit and cut to order. Pointing is encouraged. They throw it all on a plastic tray, then you get to go inside, where they weigh it and you go my god, did I really put that much on my tray?

Then, you get it yourself. I mean really, the loaves are half open on the tables, the onions and beans are at the self serve bar, the sweet tea is there somewhere, jalapenos and pickles are on the tables. Help yourself.

You don't leave this place hungry. I'm kinda glad they built one just down the road from me, but its just not the same atmosphere.

For a quick fix, I like Rudy's in Leon Springs. Not the franchises, but the original.

© and cold beer
 
2012-09-18 09:52:21 PM  
Really? Don't even mention the top competition BBQ place in the world? The best ribs and pulled pork anywhere.
>
jschumacher.typepad.com
 
2012-09-18 09:52:28 PM  
All right, listen up y'all!! I'm gonna 'splain this all to you once and for all so pay attention.....

Good BBQ consist of meat (Pork, Beef, Chicken, Sausage, hell Salmon if you like) that is slow cooked over low heat. A rub can be applied before hand if you like and lots of the flavor comes from the smoke. You can use a whole bunch of different wood types and can mix them if you like. Applewood is good, Hickory is awesome for ribs or other pork. Mesquite makes for a wonderful brisket.

If you do it right, you might not even need the sauce. If you want to add a little sweetness to compliment the spicy, smokey taste of the meat, add some sauce but don't over do it. Sauce on the side is acceptable.

Good BBQ can be found all over the country and each region has its specialty. If you go to Seattle there is a Starbucks or coffee stand on every other corner. If you go down South you will find places serving catfish everywhere you look. When you go to Kansas City, you will see more BBQ places than you thought were allowable by law. Most of them will be very good.

Them's the rules of BBQ even if you are stuck somewhere in the backwards South.
 
2012-09-18 09:54:24 PM  
It's really not fair to include Kansas City joints in that list since all of the competition is so subpar.
 
2012-09-18 09:56:03 PM  

max_pooper: I had both Oklahoma Joes and Jack Stack and thought both of them were meh to sub-par.


I see words on the screen but they make no sense.
 
2012-09-18 09:57:20 PM  
What's with all the yankee bullshiat? There is no good barbecue north of Kansas City
 
2012-09-18 09:57:24 PM  
Am I missing something? Snow's appears to be in Lexington, TEXAS, not Lexington, KENTUCKY.
 
2012-09-18 09:58:59 PM  
The founder of Cooper's catered my wedding. Brought a huge portable custom smoker, plopped it on the ground. Got this flame thrower looking thing out and started making coals and shoveling them in. The whole day of the wedding, smoke floated across the cabins where everyone was staying (in Leakey, Texas). While he and his son smoked the meat, his wife and daughter-in-law made the sides from scratch. Mmmm, delicious brisket and ribs with cole slaw and potato salad.

Best. Wedding food. Evar.
 
2012-09-18 10:00:30 PM  

KeelingLovesCornholes: Am I missing something? Snow's appears to be in Lexington, TEXAS, not Lexington, KENTUCKY.


That's because you're more likely to find HORSE MEAT in Lexington, KY than BBQ.
 
2012-09-18 10:00:32 PM  

Scott_Free: Really? Don't even mention the top competition BBQ place in the world? The best ribs and pulled pork anywhere.
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[jschumacher.typepad.com image 450x338]


Is that in Illinois?
 
2012-09-18 10:06:04 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Bourdain


Saw the Austin episode too. Franklin's looks spectacular.
 
2012-09-18 10:07:10 PM  

bartink: The founder of Cooper's catered my wedding. Brought a huge portable custom smoker, plopped it on the ground. Got this flame thrower looking thing out and started making coals and shoveling them in. The whole day of the wedding, smoke floated across the cabins where everyone was staying (in Leakey, Texas). While he and his son smoked the meat, his wife and daughter-in-law made the sides from scratch. Mmmm, delicious brisket and ribs with cole slaw and potato salad.

Best. Wedding food. Evar.


On the frio?
 
2012-09-18 10:10:36 PM  

itsfullofstars: Dreamland


Dreamland was fantastic until Big Daddy Bishop passed away in '97 and the family franchised it. I would say that Archibald's in Northport now has the better barbeque.
 
2012-09-18 10:12:47 PM  

Akbar the Trappiste Monk: Dancin_In_Anson: Bourdain

Saw the Austin episode too. Franklin's looks spectacular.


Some friends and I did Franklin's once. It was the best food I've ever had, but that may have been the heat stroke.
 
2012-09-18 10:16:24 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Bourdain


Come see him live in Houston next month. Only $200+ per ticket to watch him babble about how he knows how to cook.
 
2012-09-18 10:21:47 PM  

Morrigan: timswar: 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.

Actual Eastern NC BBQ joints don't make the list because people who aren't from Eastern NC or the Piedmont seem to think BBQ should be drowned in BBQ sauce.

/The Pit is good, but isn't really a NC BBQ joint. Gimme Bullock's or Wilbur's or even Parker's.

Pete Jones in Ayden. That is all...


This. The Pit is really good, but it's not even the best BBQ in Raleigh, let alone 2nd best in NC. Hell, it's not even the best BBQ on Davie St. Clyde Cooper's is only 5 blocks away and well worth the walk if you're thinking about going to the Pit.

/ provided you catch Cooper's when they're open
// like all great BBQ places, that's easier said than done
 
2012-09-18 10:25:36 PM  

BalugaJoe: Leo's in Oklahoma City.

Blues City Cafe in Memhpis.


I like the County Line in OKC. Good BBQ, great sides. Also, the old building was a speakeasy back in the prohibition days.
 
2012-09-18 10:27:54 PM  
I call b.s. on this list because it didn't include Woody's Smoke Shack in Des Moines, Iowa. Best BBQ ever. Just down the street from Drake University. Declared "Best of the Best BBQ." The Chive is just full of jive.

Woody's Smoke Shack
 
2012-09-18 10:33:14 PM  

stinkyboss: 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!


It's on Madison... near the optometry school. At least it was...
 
2012-09-18 10:37:39 PM  

Mentat: max_pooper: I had both Oklahoma Joes and Jack Stack and thought both of them were meh to sub-par.
I see words on the screen but they make no sense.


Mentat:It's really not fair to include Kansas City joints in that list since all of the competition is so subpar.


i99.photobucket.com

Preach It!
 
2012-09-18 10:40:55 PM  

max_pooper: KC


YOU GO TO HELL. ALSO TAKE THAT BACK.
 
2012-09-18 10:42:59 PM  
mesmer242: City Market in Luling is the best BBQ to have ever existed, ever.

Came for the City Market reference, leaving happy.

OTOH, there's no BBQ like Puerto Rican lechonera BBQ.

lechoneraelsabor.com
 
2012-09-18 10:44:37 PM  
How can you expect to have good BBQ up north when most people say BBQ when they mean to say cookout?

You do not BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs.
 
2012-09-18 10:47:13 PM  
Not to be all barbecue hipster, but Porky's Blazin' Barbecue brisket on Buckner-Tarsney Rd on Jackson County, MO literally MURDERS THE shiat out of ANY barbecue I've ever had.

That's saying a WHOLE lot, considering that I live in KC and this is technically KC Barbecue. I will literally challenge you to a gun-fight over it.
 
2012-09-18 10:49:00 PM  

loonatic112358: bartink: The founder of Cooper's catered my wedding. Brought a huge portable custom smoker, plopped it on the ground. Got this flame thrower looking thing out and started making coals and shoveling them in. The whole day of the wedding, smoke floated across the cabins where everyone was staying (in Leakey, Texas). While he and his son smoked the meat, his wife and daughter-in-law made the sides from scratch. Mmmm, delicious brisket and ribs with cole slaw and potato salad.

Best. Wedding food. Evar.

On the frio?


The Frio is nearby. I got married on the Frio Springs, in a meadow, under 80ft Cypress trees, with exotic buck prancing in the background.
 
2012-09-18 10:49:28 PM  

RagnarD: Jack


An hell yes. LC's is extremely over-looked. SO good.
 
2012-09-18 10:50:11 PM  
Oklahoma Joes was way to far down on the list. Btw those saying there's no good BBQ south of the Mason Dixon line look up the line is. KC is south of it
 
2012-09-18 10:50:20 PM  

the cake is a pie: 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.


Smoke Stack is still there.
 
2012-09-18 10:50:23 PM  
Been to many BBQ places all over the states.

The best one is the Hard 8 in Stephenville, TX.
 
2012-09-18 10:54:07 PM  

emersonbiggins: ur14me: CJHardin: List fails without 12 Bones in Asheville, NC.

Also epic fail without (Nobama notwithstanding).

Try the jalepeno grits. Dayum.

Using jalapeños in dishes outside the SW US? Abominable. Not altering my opinion.

/grits suck


You shut your whoreish mouth!
 
2012-09-18 10:55:09 PM  
wow. I was surprised my top two were both on there. I'm used to seeing DBBQ. (If I stand in front of the bikes, I can see where I was born.)

/Secret of DBBQ is that they didn't have a local tradition to be forced to stick to, so they can do best techniques from everywhere without hearing the 'how dare you use/not use a dry rub/smoker/mop sauce/quick grill/sweet/dry/vinegary sauce.'
 
2012-09-18 10:55:52 PM  
you know what's good, deep fried jalapeños stuffed with brisket instead of cream cheese
 
2012-09-18 10:58:24 PM  
by #4 i was getting pissed that i hadn't seen Kreuz Market but it was #9 and then i was alright
 
2012-09-18 11:09:30 PM  
Starnes Bar-B-Q, Paducah KY. Fantastic sauce.
 
2012-09-18 11:09:45 PM  
came to complain that there's never any good bbq places in socal, then saw 2 on the list. philllip's is good, but not great. it's about as good as what i smoke at home. never been to baby blues, but have heard mixed reviews of it. none bad, but very few great reviews.

also agree on the lack of memphis places. & the one they listed was based on a bologne sandwich? have relatives that live in nashville & they say that charlie vega's rendevous & the og corky's are really good.

/man i need to leave socal
 
2012-09-18 11:11:38 PM  
and for those complaining about a certain joint's place on the list, i don't think it's in any particular order. the last one on the list says it's the best.
 
2012-09-18 11:12:07 PM  

RoyHobbs22: 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.

www.roadfood.com
I think the original Sonny Bryan's might score on all points, but they're next to the Salvation Army HQ. The stabbing would be from a crazy homeless person despite it almost being a nice part of town. I haven't been there since some crazy homeless person burned up the backend of the building. 

Should get bonus points for having this for seating...
www.roadfood.com
www.nikdaum.com

And I don't claim to be a judge of BBQ quality, but it's got a 9/10 for history and ambiance. Like the bathrooms being on the outside and once being segregated by race instead of setters and pointers.
 
2012-09-18 11:12:26 PM  
Lists like that are fine, but really... do it yourself a few times and make exactly what you want! Robert Rodriguez got that part right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGOQ_npS4pI
 
2012-09-18 11:14:20 PM  
www.you-are-here.com
 
2012-09-18 11:21:05 PM  

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


ANYWHERE OTHER THAN PROVIDENCE, RI!!1!
 
2012-09-18 11:31:30 PM  
List fails in many ways...only one Memphis joint but also without South Carolina mustard Q. Piggie Park all the way.

...Oh, and before you respond about how Maurice is a racist little shiat, fair enough, but that has no bearing on his ability to cook some pig.
 
2012-09-18 11:34:27 PM  

adamgreeney: Gates BBQ beats the hell out of Arthur Bryants. Fail


"Hi, may ah hep you?"
 
2012-09-18 11:39:44 PM  

...Oh, and before you respond about how Maurice is a racist little shiat, fair enough, but that has no bearing on his ability to cook some pig.


Maurice's??? BLECH. That ain't bbq, it's overcooked horsemeat slathered in french's. I think the problem is that he doesn't have any black people working for him because of his racism. 90% of the ability to make good BBQ is to be a southern African-American.
 
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