Upon arriving in Moncton, NB for our holiday, we decided to hit Barnyard BBQ for dinner, because really, when in the Maritimes, bbq is *always* what one seeks out to eat, right? That's another story... Anyhow, back to the Barnyard! I grew up where smoked & bbq meat was an art form--looooove smokey, rich meats (brisket especially) but am not a sauce-eater, so we often stay away from actual bbq restaurants as I usually can't order anything that hasn't been sauced up. After looking at Barnyard BBQ's menu online, we decided to take a chance.
The first thing that hit me when we opened the door was the smell of smoke--lovely, yummy-smelling wood smoke. Headed in & were greeted with a smile & a cheerful invitation to sit wherever we would like. Our server was at the table right away with menus & back again shortly to take our orders. The menu had lots of options from ribs to chicken & much more, but I knew what I wanted; Beef Brisket Blue Plate, please, with *no* sauce. Our server didn't blink an eye at the special request, just repeated it to verify. Hubby had the same, except with their Original Barnyard BBQ Sauce, daughter ordered the Carolina Pork Pickins' Sandwich.
Our dinners arrived in a reasonable time & with much food on each plate (more like platters than plates--big!). Our daughter's pulled pork sandwich had so much meat piled on it--more meat than both buns combined thickness--with enough sauce to be saucy without dripping all over the place. Hubby's brisket had the original sauce, as ordered, & mine was un-sauced--win! The brisket was fall-apart tender & moist (even without sauce), good bark, & oh-so-smokey. I haven't had smoked meat that good since moving to Canada (well, not that I haven't made myself). Hubby enjoyed his too, tho he did find the original sauce too mild for his taste. Kiddo's pulled pork was also very good, rich & flavourful.
We'll be back in Moncton later during our trip...very likely will be back at Barnyard BBQ then too!
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