WOW, what a surprise! I recently returned from an eleven day visit to Alaska, "The Last Frontier." I found the "end-of-the-rainbow in Fairbanks at Big Daddy's Bar B-Q for lunch. I consider myself a BBQ aficionado and I am a native of Los Angeles. Just two weeks ago I ate lunch at Gus's BBQ in South Pasadena and what a disappointment.
Then with a little research upon reaching Fairbanks and I felt I fell into a smoking pit big time. The St. Louis ribs were delicious. Smoked with a very good rub and no sauce. The meat was plenty and just right. None of that "falling off the rib" as some places advertise. Thick and juicy, cartilage and all. A half of slab plate was $16.25 with 2 sides. I had the coleslaw and onion rings. The rings were delicious and crunchy, just the way I like them. The way "Bob's Big Boy" used to make them. And naturally I had to taste the Brisket. Another Wow! Perfectly cooked again with only a rub and so succulent I cried for more! Others in my family had brisket sandwiches and plates and everyone agreed it tasted as good as Rudy's in San Antonio!
Too bad we had to catch a plane, because we all could have headed back there dinner. Harold Groatsema really has done a great job in his Northernmost Southern BBQ. Congratulations.