Ever since the demise of Uncle Billy's, I've been looking for someone to fill the void of outstanding BBQ in Portland. Thus far, Salvage is the closest to authentic that I've found. The setup is fairly classic Southern BBQ, in that you order, sit down, and someone brings your food to you. If you are looking for fine dining with a waiter obsessing about your every need, don't visit this place. That's NOT what it's about, and that's fine. They do have a great bar, and if you sit there, you can order food from the bar. It's a small but important point to note that contrary to what many folks think, properly prepared ribs are not supposed to fall off the bone, which theirs do. And if you order the brisket, get the fatty selection, not the lean, which was dry and tasteless the first time I went there. The fatty was outstanding on a subsequent visit. The beans were very good, the slaw was great, and the hush puppies - a very rare and welcome addition to a BBQ menu around here - were terrific. Salvage's house sauces are either a pretty standard sweet Memphis style, and a Carolina sauce that is of course vinegar-based, as it should be. They could benefit from a less-sweet variety of the kind that is offered in classic Texas BBQ "dry rub" joints, but again, I'm a BBQ snob, so this is a small point. One thing they have nailed is a friendly staff, which is getting rarer and rarer in Portland. Waiting tables and bartending has become the job of choice for hipster jackasses who work their hardest to appear bored by your existence and by your patronage. No such thing at Salvage. Both times I've visited, the staff were friendly and actually seemed to recognize the connection between their service and their income. I don't ask to be fawned over, but neither do I wish to put on a Sherlock Holmes hat when it comes to refill the old tankard. Overall, Salvage has a good thing going and we'll return. We're in Maine for Pete's sake, so super-authentic southern smoked BBQ will always be a stretch, but these guys are working toward it, and in many respects have attained some form of authenticity.