Well, I attempted a trip to Honey 1 BBQ a few weeks back but arrived to find it was closed on Sunday. This "warmer" weather has put me in the mood for ribs, and since the high winds have prevented me from firing up my own smoker at home, I would have to venture out.
Went at maybe 3:30pm on Saturday. I was picking up for a few people so made my order of 3 racks of ribs. Apparently they only had 1 rack ready; was told that he doesn't really sell many ribs and ends up throwing the racks away so he doesn't keep many ready (on the way out he did stop me to tell me to call ahead a few hours and he'd make as many as I wanted in the future). I ammended my order to 2 large orders of tips and 1 rack of ribs. After I ordered he commenced pulling tips out and chopping with his cleaver. I saw him take a foil wrapped package of ribs off the smoker, so figured they had been holding for a while. I do prefer a tender rib, but prefer that it is made tender through time on the smoker, not time in foil, but it was too late to turn back.
First off the stuff was hard not to open on the ride home, smelled quite nice.
Opened them up to fine a huge pile of tips mopped with a rich deep red sauce over a pile of fries, topped with 4 slices of white bread. Not a bad start :) The tips were very tasty. Meaty, a good amount of chew left in them but cooked long enough that they broke down nicely. I must commend his sauce as well. Nice tang to it, but still moderately sweet like I enjoy it. It also complemented the smoked meat, rather than mask it. Honestly I am compelled to see if I can purchase some sauce for use on my own BBQ at times this summer; I really enjoyed it.
The ribs were also quite good but suffered a bit from the foiling. While tender, they had not been foiled so long that they simply fell apart, but they were close. Hard to hold that against the place as it wouldn't make sense to make lots of ribs if they don't sell. Once again though, the sauce complemented they nicely. Another great treat was the sauce and pork fat drenched fries and the super fresh steamed bread I could use to make a little BBQ fry sandwich :)
Overall I enjoyed Honey 1 BBQ VERY much. Seemed to have a bit more of a smoke flavor than I find at Lem's and while not as important as the meat, the sauce at Honey 1 is far superior. Next time I plan to call ahead and make sure I can get some ribs made fresh, and enjoyed the way they should. I recommend you do the same.
Also, the prices seem to be one of the best bargains in town that I know of for BBQ. To me, $14.50 for a slab is unheard of. Also, the Large tips was quite a pile of food.
Honey 1 BBQ
5135 W Division St
M-Th 11am - Midnight
F-Sa 11am - 2am
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