There's a new barbeque place in Barre and I gave them a try just this last Friday. They've taken over the space formerly occupied by Del's. Right now they're only open 11-2 M-W-F for take out lunch service. They're in the process of renovating and plan on opening the dining room for regular lunch and dinner service around the middle of September, 2008. They are already set up to take credit cards (much to my delight).
Here's the website for the guy's sauce and catering: http://edsbarrrbq.com/. He's been selling his sauce and doing catering around the area for a while, so opening a storefront was the next step. Right now they're doing the smoking out at the pit he has at his home in Graniteville, but they've ordered a pit for the restaurant, so they will be smoking on site. They say that they smoke their food at least eight hours.
I ordered ribs and a pulled pork sandwich (each was 5.95, and that's all that it came with, no sides provided, though sides were available for an extra price). I was asked by the waitress if I wanted "sweet, medium, or hot" sauce. I asked her if I could get sweet and medium on the side, not on top of either so I could try them both out and see what I thought, and she said sure. She placed my order, and I heard her tell him through the window to not put the sauce on, but put it on the side. And I heard him acknowledge that. My order was the only one pending at the moment, as well. There wasn't a line and there weren't any more orders ahead of mine.
I should have checked my order before leaving, because he put sauce in the container with the ribs, and didn't put any sauce on the pulled pork, and only one kind of sauce was provided (I'm assuming it was the sweet sauce). But, well, they'd only been open for two weeks, so I'm willing to cut them some slack on that. I was just disappointed because I wanted to try more than one sauce. The people in the front were very nice and the owner's wife was very willing to answer questions about their Q.
The ribs were three large, meaty pork ribs. There wasn't a smoke ring on them, but you could detect a smokey flavour. They are most definitely more smoked than the ribs at River Run (Plainfield) or Cider House (Waterbury). It wasn't a strong flavour, but it was at least present. The pulled pork was tender, well-pulled, well-cooked, and also had a subtle smokey flavour (not as much as I'd have liked in either case, but still better than anything we've had local for a while).
The sweet sauce wasn't really too sweet, it had a nice warmth to it, with a reasonable level of complexity. It went very well with the meat. I'm looking forward to trying the other sauces, and going here when they're finally open for dinner service. It was only because I'd taken Friday off that I was able to stop in for lunch. :)
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