I really wanted to sample this place, since I'm a big BBQ nut (I have my own smoker). Had to visit twice, since they were closed on the Easter Monday.
Finally on Tuesday got there around 1 PM. I was the only one in the place. The place looked too fancy for a BBQ joint :) I like BBQ joints pretty simple.
Ordered a half rack of St Louis Style ribs and a full rack of "Memphis thin ribs" (baby backs), selected grilled vegetables and oven-baked potato for my sides.
They brought some free bread & herb butter and three different BBQ-sauces before the food arrived. When the food arrived, there was certainly enough of it. The oven-baked potato was huge.
I sampled the sides first, the oven baked potato was pretty good. The grilled vegetables very quite bland. I also got some pretty tasty slaw with both plates, which wasn't your traditional cole slaw, but probably their twist of it. It was more vinegary than creamy.
First sampled the Memphis style ribs, they were not bad. No pink smoke ring, though. So either they don't smoke them for six hours, or something else is going on. There was very heavy sauce applied on the rib, which didn't let the meat flavor come through too much. Actually it tasted like the sauce had the most of the smoky taste (which was there, even there was no pink ring).
I could eat their baby backs again, not bad, but certainly not authentic bbq. Also the bark was not crunchy at all, which would again suggest they don't smoke them for very long. Tenderness was good, not fall of the bone, but not tough either.
Then again, the St Louis Style cut was pretty bad. It was tough, I couldn't even finish all of it. There was no sauce on the St Louis Cut, which was nice. I suspect they hadn't been smoked long enough.
I was skeptical of them using Alder for meat since it's a mild smokewood usually used for smoking fish (for which it rocks), but there was certainly enough smoky flavor present.
I would visit again, but would probably order something from the grill.
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