Just past the Sunday River Ski Resort in Bethel Maine is one of the best BBQ joints in the state. It is a perfect roadside dive, just as BBQ shacks should be.The old mini camper has been painted an ugly orange and then graffitied by a few thousand tourists over the years (including now me), but you just can't help but stop the car as the smell of slow cooked pork and beef brisket permeate the air around you. There are 6 picnic tables that surround the camper and a soda machine to the side of it that provides your beverages, and all the cooking is done in a smoker beside it. The menu is traditional BBQ, both of the Texas variety and the North Carolina variety. Pork, Brisket, Hot links, Corn Bread , slaw, beans and pickles. Its all here and also smoked cashews! Simone ordered the hot mess know as the BBQ Sundae. Pulled vinegary smoked pork is piled on top of moist whole wheat cornbread, then topped with mustard slaw, BBQ baked beans and to add some spicy crunch, hot smoked cashews with a drizzle of sweet sauce over the whole mountain. This was a delicious food adventure and Simone finished it all. I was so proud. I wanted to keep all my food separate so I ordered a mixed plate of pulled pork, brisket, beans, slaw cornbread and pickles. The brisket was perfection. A nice smokey pink ring surrounded the moist fall apart tender hunks of beef and the smokey goodness could be tasted throughout each bite. It was mixed up with the burnt ends of the brisket adding yet another layer of deliciousness. The overly sweet sauce was served on the side but I opted not to use it as it actually took away from the flavors of the beef. The pulled pork was just okay for me as I am not a huge fan of the vinegar Carolina style..but if you do like that regions BBQ then I imagine you would enjoy it more then I did. The beans were very good, just the right amount of tenderness and sweet but smokey flavor. The mustard dressing on the slaw was different, a little sweet and a little spicy but alot good. Overall I think this is arguably the best BBQ I have had in Maine and I will certainly be a repeat customer when I'm in town. 4 Stars
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