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Blue Ribbon last night

Josh | Dec 13, 2002 08:36 AM

Much written about the place but it was my fist visit so I figured I’d give an update. Went with a houndish friend (though not on the board). Ordered NC pulled, Sliced brisket, and burnt ends (that’s crackl’ns to you folks that know;) sandwiches. Also got a half rack.

The pulled and brisket were good but not extraordinary (By that I mean “Allen and Son’s extraordinary” to be fair). The burnt ends, on the other hand, were certainly the best example of ‘Q that I have had in Boston that didn’t come from my backyard. Great mix of regular pulled and cracklins. Bun was just enough to hold up to the meat and then some slaw on top.

The NC vinegar sauce was good but could have used some more red pepper flakes in it. The regular hot BBQ sauce was fine but nothing to write to Tuscaloosa about. What won my heart though was the mustard sauce. One half of my family lives in the hills just below Asheville, NC and I can say, with out any doubt that this is the best mustard sauce I have had outside of Northwestern SC. It’s better than what I make, and I take pride in my mustard sauce. BTW this is the regular Mustard not the Chipotle Mustard (which was also good).

Sadly, I have to agree with other hounds reviews of the ribs, greasy and a little tough. Good smoke but I just think they needed a little more low and slow time to render them and soften them up.

The beans were as good as reported and the slaw was passable (not chopped fine enough for sammy topping but good for a fork) but made above average with a splash of the NC vinegar sauce. Thumbs down on the cornbread… cold and lacking body.

All and all a great place for a ‘Q (in NC that means sammy) An I hightly recommend the burnt ends.
Is it to early to announce the hound gathering in my backyard next spring? ;-)
Josh

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