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Barbara Ann's BBQ & Motel

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Barbara Ann's BBQ & Motel

Rene G | Mar 22, 2002 06:58 PM

Back in January Erik M mentioned Barbara Ann’s BBQ, right next door to Barbara Ann’s Motel. I’d been meaning to try it (those special "day rates" are just too good to pass up!) and finally got around to going.

Following Erik’s lead I ordered hot links and rib tips. The links were just as advertised, wonderfully crusty and very well spiced. Pretty good quality without those nasty chunks of gristle. They’ll sell you a 40 pound case of Uncle John’s hot links if you want. The hot sauce was very nice with a fairly high level of heat. Fries were completely ordinary.

Tips were good, reasonably meaty and with some good smoke flavor. Mild sauce was okay, thankfully not sticky sweet but it didn’t do a whole lot for me (I’m rarely a fan of the mild sauces).

The orders come with two slices of bread, of course, but what’s unusual is that it’s wheat bread instead of standard white Wonder.

The menu includes ribs, catfish, chicken, spaghetti, but no sides (slaw, greens, etc) as far as I could tell. There are all kinds of combinations available (e.g., leg-thigh-link-tips or the less common rib tips with spaghetti). I’ll definitely have to give the ribs a try (only $12 per full slab).

On a related note, a couple months ago I had some Leon’s ribs that were pretty terrible. Not bad flavor but the meat quality was very low--mostly fat and gristle. I still like Leon’s hot sauce (though not the overly sweet mild) but really hope they can get some better ribs.

Barbara Ann’s BBQ
7617 S Cottage Grove Av
773-723-4780
Mon-Thu 11am-2am; Fri-Sat 11am-3am

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