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ed boudreaux's bayou bbq (asheville, nc)

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ed boudreaux's bayou bbq (asheville, nc)

mark | Apr 24, 2006 09:31 AM

i tried ed boudreaux's on biltmore over the weekend. not bad food, but not great bqq.

i had the sloppy swine ("applewood-smoked" pork, slaw and cheddar on a roll). i detected no smoke taste, and discerned no smoke ring on the meat. i also sampled some plain pork bqq from my wife's plate, and found the same. good pork flavor, and fairly succulent.

this place has 12-14 sauces available, and seems to rely on them to provide the bqq component, although as any bqq devotee knows, smoke doesn't come from a bottle. i didn't try any of the sauces this visit as the sandwich was pretty sloppy already, but i have tried them at belle chere, and while some were decent, i wasn't wowed by any of them.

good and varied beer list, with a nice variety of high-gravity beers, but on the pricey side. i wouldn't go there just to drink, but a brew or two with the meal won't break the bank.

as none came with the sandwich, i didn't try any of the sides other than the slaw that was on the sandwich, which provided good lubrication and crunchy contrast, but was not remarkable in and of itself. my wife did have the grits (chipotle and andouille, if i recall correctly) which she said were good.

i'd happily go back with friends for a nice evening, but it's not a place i'd rush back to for the food alone.

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