Let's put our minds and our pallets to work to scientifically (as best we can) determine the best BBQ experience in Louisville. I see MANY postings as to what's good and what isn't (unfortunately, i think there is more bad than good). Here are the rules:
1) No chains. they don't do it right anyway. 2) No more than 5 locations 3) Side items (generally) won't count. We're talking BBQ here. 4) They must serve all of the items to be able to participate.
Rate the following items at each location on a 0-10 point basis. 10 being the best.
Beef (a 2 point deduction if the beef is not brisket)
Chicken (parts, pulled or wings)
Sauces (whether the meats need it or not)
Total of 50 points max.
Tiebreaker: Rate the restaurant concept on a 0-10. a zero means it's a guy with a smoker on the back of his truck, a 10 means it's linens and china or something unique.
We'll start with these 5 restaurants (in alphabetical order):
Bootleg BBQ (several locations, any will do)
Jucy's BBQ (1 location)
Mark's Feed Store (multiple locations)
Pig City BBQ (1 location)
Vince Statens BBQ (several locations)
I picked these because they are either the local established champs (Mark's and Vince), a couple of guys out there doing their thing (Bootleg and Jucy's), and the up and comers (Pig City).
We will begin it today and end it on October 31st. That gives everybody 2 months to visit the locations.
You can add a write in candidate if you like. As I visit each one, I'll post my findings. I have a group of guys that go out and have BBQ every Friday for lunch, so I will take their scores and average them and post comments and a composite score for our group. 10 weeks....5 BBQ restaurants....destiny and history awaits....