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Goods vs. Quey’s BBQ

Melanie Wong | Dec 9, 2001 02:36 PM

To continue my conversation with Shep about BBQ in Pinole (link below), on Monday I grabbed a rib and hot link combo with medium sauce from Ernie Goods, then dashed across the street for a rib dinner from Quey’s. These spent an hour in the car as I drove to my brother’s place where we reheated them in the oven for a taste test.

Turns out there was absolutely no contest – Goods is clearly the superior product. Quey’s ribs (I’d asked for the small end) were meaty but had no character on their own. The sauce (available in one size fits all only) didn’t add much more to it – nothing distinctive here. There was enough left over for a retaste the next day, and I concur with Shep that Goods’ ribs are even better when left to soak in the sauce overnight. My brother said that the ribs from Lois in Palo Alto are even better.

On the sides, I liked the potato salad from Goods better, but Goods’ baked beans are weak. Quey’s offered a tasty portion of corn niblets as the veggie of the day, plus a serving of decent baked beans and potato salad with the dinner.

We also had a piece of pecan pie from Goods which was too sweet and lacking in intensity. The sweet potato pie from Quey’s was good – not too sweet, really spicy and had an interesting orange note – and I wish we’d heated it to crisp the crust. Still not as good as Doug’s pie and the serving size was small.

Quey’s BBQ
2701-B Pinole Valley Rd.
Pinole
510-242-1BBQ (1227)

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