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2013-03-09 11:24:29 AM

3StratMan: The best BBQ in my area of Michigan...
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Been told by many that my bones kick the snot of of Slow's.


Did you build the big smoker?
 
2013-03-09 11:24:32 AM

3StratMan: The Mrs. and I recently did 4 day day trip to Memphis, with the specific purpose of sampling the best BBQ we could find. Much research went into making our decisions on where to go. Out of the 4 places we went to, here's how we ranked them:

#4- Central
#3- The BarBQ Shop,
#2- Corkys,
#1- Germantown Commissary.

Actually posted a review, with pictures, of the places on the trip, on one of the BBQ websites I frequent. If anyone is interested:
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61778&postdays=0&p os torder=asc&start=20


I'd put Corky's over Central too. I really liked the way Corky's does their ribs.

Here in L.A, we got a pretty good BBQ joint down in the SF Valley called Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ. I can't really put it up in the rare air of places like those in Memphis, but they do have a rockin brisket and good beef ribs. Good sides too, especially the baked beans.
 
2013-03-09 11:25:09 AM

3StratMan: The best BBQ in my area of Michigan...
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Been told by many that my bones kick the snot of of Slow's.


You seem a bit obsessive about your BBQ. I bet it's actually good, but WTF is macaroni doing on that plate?
 
2013-03-09 11:29:37 AM
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Class dismissed.
 
2013-03-09 11:31:56 AM
Joel's BBQ in Flatonia, TX (on I-10 halfway between Houston and San Antonio) is the absolute best! Trust me and try it
 
2013-03-09 11:35:00 AM

GoodOmens: Central BBQ for Ribs in Memphis and Interstate BBQ for pulled pork sandwitches and BBQ spagetti.

/Rendezvous is for tourist
//Although still delicious


Central wasn't that good when we hit it on our BBQ tour. Maybe they had an off day or something.
 
2013-03-09 11:37:58 AM

3StratMan: Coach_J: There is no better evidence of the complete and utter shiatty BBQ quality in Michigan than the people who lose their collective minds for Slows in Detroit.

Put that place in Memphis, KC or Texas and its doors are shuttered in a week. In Detroit, it has legendary status.

X10. Haven't been able to find a place in SE Michigan yet that has better that average BBQ. Sheena Barnes in Sumpter and Randy's in the Irish Hills are supposed to be really good. Need to venture out there one of theses days.


Noble Pig is a new place in Grosse Pointe that's not bad. The first couple of months the consistency was lacking...but he's seemed to fix it.

My favorite is Lazybones on Groesbeck, just North of 696.

Little hole in the wall with 3-4 tables and pit out back. Best SE Michigan BBQ I've ever had.
 
2013-03-09 11:38:41 AM
anywhere that doesnt have natural hardwood trees will not have bbq worth sniffing. Oak, pecan, etc need to be in abundance or the price of importing it outpaces the market of bbq. Thats why you only see the real bbq places in states mostly in the south.
 
2013-03-09 11:41:11 AM

Clemkadidlefark: [farm4.staticflickr.com image 75x75]

My own homemade smoker. My own Angus, and my own wild hogs. Don't need to go to a restaurant. Use applewood, make my own rub ... sauce is for covering up badly done meat. Make my own sausage, hang my own hams.


It's all well and good, but some of us don't have time to that.

But, then again, I don't live in the US, so BBQ here translates to 'carne asada'.
 
2013-03-09 11:41:27 AM
The place is in the middle of nowhere near Waco, TX. I don't remember what it is called but I remember it being an extremely busy place for being in the middle of nowhere. I'm not talking "small town" middle of nowhere, this place is is in a grove of trees surrounded by fields and there's an old house over yonder.
 
2013-03-09 11:42:38 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: 3StratMan: The best BBQ in my area of Michigan...
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[i697.photobucket.com image 850x627]

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Been told by many that my bones kick the snot of of Slow's.

Did you build the big smoker?


Yeah, the big one and the one to the left of it.
 
2013-03-09 11:43:27 AM
I liked the Hard 8 in Stephenville.

Esther Rose BBQ in Carizzo Springs, TX is pretty good also.
 
2013-03-09 11:46:20 AM
if we are talking texas, hard eight.

big picture...perry fosters in warrensburg, mo. dank hellish smelling place with the best burnt ends. closed for good (last time i checked)
 
2013-03-09 11:46:59 AM

TurboCojones: Tulsa


Yup
 
2013-03-09 11:47:30 AM
Rendezvous Ribs in Memphis. Their rub is dry; your argument is invalid.
 
2013-03-09 12:00:14 PM

Evil Mackerel: Subby your suppose to fly over Texas , not land there.


Um...wrong part of the country. Geography isn't your strong suit, is it?
 
2013-03-09 12:02:01 PM
Wobbly Boot's Roadhouse in Osage Beach, Missouri. Go during the winter when it's only locals eating thou. Great KC style BBQ. The best mac n cheese ever
 
2013-03-09 12:03:41 PM

GoodOmens: Memphis


The Rendezvous wins for atmosphere.   Draft beer in a paper cup with a sausage and cheese plate?  Win.  Also, their BBQ nachos at a Redbrids game are simply great.

Central or Interstate have the best Q, but I still enjoy the Rendezvous.

/NC BBQ is also acceptable
//hushpuppies and brunswick stew
 
2013-03-09 12:04:17 PM
In texas, sauce is more of a condiment on the table, if you want to put it on your meat.
 
2013-03-09 12:07:51 PM

unchellmatt: Marine1: unchellmatt: Unfortunately in the Boston area, there's not much to choose from. Blue Ribbon or Red Bones is pretty much the best as far as I know. If, of course, anyone would care to correct me, I would be much obliged.

Just take a Southwest flight to KC and tool around the BBQ joints.


It's something you need to do before you die, anyways, so get it out of the way.

Yeah, I've been down there and had unbelievable ribs, but the visit to Texas ... lets just say that upon my return to the Boston area I never looked at the two places I mentioned with the same affection I had previously. It was an eye opening experience to find out what really really really good BBQ can be. I can't even remember the name of where I went outside Austin TX, but it was essentially a shack with smokers around it, and crowds of people. Within a mile of the place you could smell it. But holy hades, was that that amazing.


Are you speaking of Franklin's ? Salt, pepper and smoke= awesome !
 
2013-03-09 12:14:09 PM
I'm in Texas, and even *I* know that Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, Al is the best (ribs only, suckers, but other locations have other meats).

As for Austin- Try hards. Lots of try hards. The article: Full of try hards. Even here in Houston- Goode Co., formerly my #2 in the Nation, is a shadow of it's former self. Pure try hard for the rich people who don't know any better, and fail to travel.

There's a place I stop on the way to Terlingua, every time, on the northern route via I-10 that's excellent. There's a place in Asheville, NC which is equally (but vastly different style) excellent (it's Luella's). There's a place I'm also not telling Texas Farkers between New Braunsfels and Austin that I have to stop at every time I'm up there. It's just too precious a resource to waste.
 
2013-03-09 12:14:18 PM

cookiefleck: In texas, sauce is more of a condiment on the table, if you want to put it on your meat.


I hate BBQ sauce.  So I tend to stay away from places that put the sauce on the meat.  Why ruin a good piece of meat with some fixed up ketchup.
 
2013-03-09 12:17:42 PM

Tobin_Lam: The place is in the middle of nowhere near Waco, TX. I don't remember what it is called but I remember it being an extremely busy place for being in the middle of nowhere. I'm not talking "small town" middle of nowhere, this place is is in a grove of trees surrounded by fields and there's an old house over yonder.


Thanks for narrowing down the location. I'll check it out tomorrow.
 
2013-03-09 12:21:20 PM

pgh9fan: Bareefer Obonghit: pgh9fan: My son says that mine is the best. I say Wilson's Barbecue in Pittsburgh. (He says that's second best.)

/Good kid

Wilson's ribs are shiatful quality and the sauce is basically tobasco, not to mention their awful sides. But there's also no good bbq in Pittsburgh so I guess you're stuck with it.

Their greens are the best and so is their pie. Ribs and chicken slow-roasted over the only wood-fired stove in the city. Service is excellent and so is the food.  Best barbecue around no doubt. Better than what I've eaten in Western North Carolina. (Asheville, Bat Cave, etc,)


You're talking about a shiathole in Manchester like it's good. I'm seriously befuddled. They don't have the only wood fired stove in the city. For farks sake the Pittsburgh bbq company has one and THEY aren't even that great. Western NC? Good god, man, get to some other places. You're entitled to your own opinion but your opinion is like saying Dogs Playing Poker is better than the Mona Lisa; you're just wrong.
 
2013-03-09 12:21:30 PM
"Fark: This is a perfect excuse for Farkers to discuss their favorite BBQ joints around the world "

As if the average Farker has been to any BBQ joint further than 2 blocks from mom's basement.
 
2013-03-09 12:25:20 PM
Dickies? Really?

Other Farkers got it right when they said it was the equivalent of the Taco Bell franchise inside Walmart.

A Dickie's pitmaster is the kid who just quit Starbucks because Dickie's was paying 10 cents an hour more.

Over priced as well.
 
2013-03-09 12:25:23 PM
Whenever we visited family in Oklahoma when I was younger, we'd stop at this little joint on the highway outside Wagoner, OK that had these awesome Texas-style ribs. It was run by a huge black dude with a heavy Louisiana accent who was more than happy to show off his smoker. He told us he stayed open until there were no more ribs every day, then closed up and went fishin', and someday he was just gonna not open up and go fishin' all day, every day.

Sure enough, one year my dad was driving through and the place was closed down. It makes me happy to imagine that dude sitting in a boat somewhere with his fishin' pole set up, with a beer in one hand and a smoked Texas-style rib in the other.
 
2013-03-09 12:30:01 PM
I recommend Dreamland In Tuscaloosa.  For the sublime ribs and the banana pudding.

There's also a place in Birmingham called Sweet Bone Alabama that has good ribs, if you don't mind the cloyingly cute name.
 
kth
2013-03-09 12:32:30 PM
I'm a recent convert to Oklahoma Joes. But I believe with the fervor of a convert. My Nana loved Jack Stack, but... meh. I like Bryants' burnt ends, and Gates for many things. I'm pantheistic when it comes to barbecue.

Also, if one likes Memphis style (for a change from KC style), RJ's in Mission is awesome. We used to live a few blocks away and on good nights, you could smell the smoke and hear the music on our deck. Crack, I tell you.

santadog: I'm gonna be in your neck of the woods in a couple of weeks. I shall think of you as I drive by the scooter store several times a day.
 
2013-03-09 12:32:56 PM
I'll take Loco Coyote in Glen Rose.
 
2013-03-09 12:34:02 PM
I asked you farkers where I should have went for BBQ while in St Louis, and was told Pappy's. Hands down the best ribs I have ever had. After our first bites, the girlfriend and I looked at each other like the guys in "blow" looked at each other after trying the Columbian cocaine for the first time. Sauce on the side baby.
 
2013-03-09 12:38:40 PM

Smosh: The ONLY BBQ join I could find in London is Bodean's. Not the absolute best in the world, but pretty damn good for England.

In NY you gotta hit Dinosaur BBQ. I go to Syracuse, but I think they are in Harlem and Rochester as well


Big Easy on King's Road (I think that's Chelsea) is not bad in London.  We were living in Scotland and went to London for something or other and were really hankering for Yank food.  Bonus: it's a short walk from Malcolm McLaren's Sex shop, where the Sex Pistols were formed.

In New York, Dinosaur is okay.  I do think Virgil's just of Times Square ain't bad for, you know, bbq in NYC.
 
2013-03-09 12:44:30 PM
Rudys in Austin. Order by the pound, eat off of wax paper, and your food tray is a cola crate. And its the best damn brisket and ribs on the planet.
 
2013-03-09 12:56:19 PM

Ooba Tooba: I asked you farkers where I should have went for BBQ while in St Louis, and was told Pappy's. Hands down the best ribs I have ever had. After our first bites, the girlfriend and I looked at each other like the guys in "blow" looked at each other after trying the Columbian cocaine for the first time. Sauce on the side baby.


Pappy's is some quality stuff. Usually long lines but it's really good. I think I still have some of their sauce in the fridge.
 
2013-03-09 12:57:14 PM
Anyone care to make a recommendation for Louisville, KY?  Just moved here and I've heard good things about Mark's Feed Store, but haven't tried it yet.  Thanks.
 
2013-03-09 01:01:10 PM
Ok, why can't I quote anyone anymore? Something askew?
 
2013-03-09 01:02:28 PM
Coopers in Llano, tx: best pork chop!
Smittys in Lockhart: best Prime rib!
Blacks in Lockhart: best beef ribs!
Salt Lick in Dripping Springs area: really good saucey bbq. whole southern plate style
Meyers in Elgin: Gobble up their jalepeno cheddar Sausage.

That's my central Texas short list.
 
2013-03-09 01:04:48 PM

vharshyde: Rudys in Austin. Order by the pound, eat off of wax paper, and your food tray is a cola crate. And its the best damn brisket and ribs on the planet.


GO TO FRANKLIN.  It puts Rudy's to shame.  Absolute S H A M E.
 
2013-03-09 01:21:13 PM
The ribs at Fat Matt's in Atlanta are the best I've ever had. By a mile.
 
2013-03-09 01:21:50 PM
For a chain, some may bash Sonny's, and I'll jump on the bandwagon with them.... but I'm an Alachua local.  Growing up, Sonny still ran the original place on Waldo road in G'ville.  It was darn good 'que then... but then in the 90s, everything went all corporate and hte sauces changed.  Up until a couple years ago though, Sonny still controlled the one here in Alachua, but they too eventually went corporate.  The meat is still good, the sides all suck now, but they sell it by the pound and I can make my own sauce here at the house.

For the small local place... there was Moses' Cue in G'ville on way east University near Waldo rd.  Best darn BBQ goat you'll ever try... bunch of old black dudes ran the place...
 
Kiz
2013-03-09 01:23:46 PM
I adore Spring Creek in Benbrook Texas. They slice the meat right in front of you, the sauce is awesome and you get complimentary dinner rolls served as soon as they come out of the oven. Outstanding.
 
2013-03-09 01:23:58 PM

natgod: The ribs at Fat Matt's in Atlanta are the best I've ever had. By a mile.


Fat Matt's is good, but Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis whoops their ass when it comes to ribs.

I went to Franklin's in Austin this past week...waited 1+20 for my brisket and it was worth.every.minute for that succulent goodness.  The espresso BBQ sauce was pretty awesome as well.

When in Dallas, Mike Anderson's is the place to go.
 
2013-03-09 01:31:02 PM
all these tx farkers, and folks talking about tx bbq, and there are 2 huge omissions:
cousins (ft worth)
north main (euless...all-you-can-eat $15...only open fri-sun)
 
2013-03-09 01:32:39 PM

3StratMan: Coach_J: There is no better evidence of the complete and utter shiatty BBQ quality in Michigan than the people who lose their collective minds for Slows in Detroit.

Put that place in Memphis, KC or Texas and its doors are shuttered in a week. In Detroit, it has legendary status.

X10. Haven't been able to find a place in SE Michigan yet that has better that average BBQ. Sheena Barnes in Sumpter and Randy's in the Irish Hills are supposed to be really good. Need to venture out there one of theses days.


on a vacation I found this awesome little place, but its all the way up in the leelenau peninsula. The Garage, I think. Awesome pulled pork, some of the best homemade sweet potato chips I've ever had, and then, they surprise you with a very very good garlic aioli sauce to dip the chips in.

That said, can we have the michigan FARK party at your place? We could have a mini cook-off with all that hardware.
 
2013-03-09 01:34:33 PM

Kiz: I adore Spring Creek in Benbrook Texas. They slice the meat right in front of you, the sauce is awesome and you get complimentary dinner rolls served as soon as they come out of the oven. Outstanding.


spring creek's meat is ok...the sides are the reason to go there

agree that dickies = walmart of bbq

riskies (sp?) is better than spring creek or dickies if you want a chain-type place

also, in the white settlement area try soda springs
 
2013-03-09 01:36:40 PM

CoolHandLucas: natgod: The ribs at Fat Matt's in Atlanta are the best I've ever had. By a mile.

Fat Matt's is good, but Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis whoops their ass when it comes to ribs.

I went to Franklin's in Austin this past week...waited 1+20 for my brisket and it was worth.every.minute for that succulent goodness.  The espresso BBQ sauce was pretty awesome as well.

When in Dallas, Mike Anderson's is the place to go.


I'll be in Austin in a fortnight. I'll give them a shot. Thanks.
 
2013-03-09 01:39:56 PM

cbuhler: Louie Mueller Barbecue, 206 W. Second St., Taylor.

This is the best in Texas by far.


Agreed.

I lived in Austin for a few years, and always had good BBQ, Salt Lick was my favorite, but there are soooo many there that would be just as good.  I liked the atmosphere of the Salt Lick, and it was a great place to go with friends.

I was a neighbor with the guy that started Famous Dave's in Minnesota, and I never forgave him for not always having sausage on the menu.

I would like to that those people who have listed places in Phoenix Metro, as I was not near anyplace decent.  Honey Bear's is far away, and I am willing to drive.

In Flagstaff, try Satchmo's
 
2013-03-09 01:41:20 PM

Infobahn: I was a neighbor with the guy that started Famous Dave's in Minnesota, and I never forgave him for not always having sausage on the menu.


For the record, I am not saying Famous Dave's is good BBQ
 
2013-03-09 02:01:41 PM
I live a block from the BBQ Shop in Memphis. I can smell them cooking every day. It's a wonder I don't weigh 500 pounds.
 
2013-03-09 02:06:18 PM
Just pulled a brisket off the smoker about an hour ago.  Started it at 3 in the morning.

Cornbread, barracho beans, tater salad, leinenkugels.

Feast and a nap are planned for the rest of the day.
 
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