Since it was Memorial Day the Mrs. expected BBQ, and since it was Memorial Day, I did not relish doing all the work to organize BBQ in our backyard. So instead I obligingly made a run to Joeys Bar-B-Q, which is only five minutes away from the old homestead, as long as Herman is doing the running. Joeys was packed, and take out orders were running 45 minutes from order to take out. So after placing my order I installed myself outside in Joeys Backyard.
I picked up a Budweiser long-neck at the window in the Backyard, found myself a bench, and enjoyed the ambience of the little kids running around, climbing on the outdoor furniture and jumping around (the Budweiser assisted in my enjoyment of the little kids), and the setting sun peaking through the leafy umbrella formed by three big old shade trees. The only thing missing was Joeys usual singing cowboy, he must have been memorializing somewhere else today. Too soon the 45 minutes were up and my order was ready and I had to clamber up the back stairs and back inside for my order pick-up.
I brought home a mess of pork spare ribs, beef ribs, brisket, potato salad and beans. A foil lined bag full of Joeys garlic bread, which consists of split French rolls slathered in garlic butter with some dried parsley came with the ribs. The spare ribs were meaty and most of them were falling off the bone tender. The beef ribs were also meaty, and not overdone, so you could tell the ribs once were a major structural member or a standing rib roast. The brisket was cut thick and was nice and tender. Everything had a mild smoky flavor. Joeys finishes their ribs and brisket slices on a grill, so they get grill marks and some nice char on the edges. Not too much char, just enough to give you a nice sense of the fire they have been over. Joeys BBQ sauce is tomato based and slightly sweet. When I got home I slathered some sauce on my meats and then spiced it up with a little Stubbs Inferno Wing Sauce to liven it up.
The potato salad was very good. It seemed homemade, definitely not tasting like it came out of a carton. I think I even found some chopped up red pepper in it, or maybe it was pimento. The beans were not bad either. I have not been impressed with the beans in some of the BBQ places I have visited lately, but these were pretty good, even had little chunks of bacon in them.
I had not been to Joeys in a long time. My recollection was that I had liked their brisket and loved their baked yams. The brisket was as good as I remembered it, I should have brought home a couple of yams today.
Now that all that good Q is settling in, I think it is time for a visit to the refrigerator for some of that killer cheesecake that was shipped in from Petaluma this week. The only questions are 1) will the cheesecake last a week, and 2) will the Mrs. forget the cheesecake ever existed, so that when she opens the refrigerator and does not find any cheesecake, it wont click, and I will be home free.
3689 Riverside Dr
(Riverside & East End)
Chino, CA 91710