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Larry-Q-BBQ, Deerfield Beach (NE Broward)

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Larry-Q-BBQ, Deerfield Beach (NE Broward)

s.m. koppelman | Apr 8, 2005 12:27 AM

On the recommendation of a hound who I've usually found reliable, we tried this newish place on US1 in Deerfield Beach.

YUCK!

Ribs that looked and tasted boiled, with gray meat. Could that "low and slow" cooking they tout (after the boliling) be baking rather than smoking? Also, they were scrawny with very little meat and not even cut properly, with bone chips throughout. They did have a heavy dry rub unlike many places here. Maybe they bought a can of Zatarain's or something.

Dried out collards. The entire staff looked at me like I was from Mars when I asked if they had any peppered vinegar, or failing that, plain old white vinegar. One of their six or so one-dimensional "barbecue sauces" seemed to be vinegar mixed with cheap hot sauce, so I used that to try to remoisten the greens. It didn't work.

Inedible cornbread. We debated whether it was a cheap store-brand mix from Wal-Mart or bought ready-made at Sam's.

The sauces? Most were inoffensive, but we both agreed the "tangy" "Florida style" fruit-based one was gross.

The one decent thing was the potato chips -- thick-cut ridged chips, kinda like Wise Cottage Fries. They were very proud of them, probably because they were edible. And sprinkled with chili powder! Oooh!

Those chips were one of the two sides the waitress recommended. The other was baked beans, which we didn't try. Nor did we try the mac and cheese which she said they didn't make themselves. Ever seen that frozen Stouffer's stuff? Put some of that in a steam table for a few hours and it'll look like theirs did.

We were fool enough to order the complete dinner, which included dessert and beverage. They were out of iced tea, both sweet and unsweet. No desserts are made on premises, and since the chocolate cake looked like Sara Lee and the red velvet cake looked like Sara Lee with food coloring, we went with the pecan pie. We debated whether it was Publix or Winn-Dixie.

Have I mentioned that their prices are much higher than at any of the good barbecue places in the area?

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