3009 Rt 88, Pt Pleasant. http://www.thehickoryhog.com
We found it easily, a cheery, well-lit red&white checkered linoleum place. Friendly help. Nice looking menu. Quick negative response to the 'do you parboil the ribs' question. The menu indicates that everything is smoked for up to 12 hours.
They have 3 kinds of ribs: baby back, St Louis and Memphis rub ribs. We ordered two combo platters, which thus gave us all 3 types, and beef brisket. (Is that redundant?)
The best part of the meal was the amazing sweet potato fries. The baked beans were fine; the cole slaw not real wet (a good thing, I'm told) and the corn on the cob fine for end of season.
The ribs all had membrane. Though the two sauced rib styles had some pink, I couldn't taste smoke. The rub ribs were dry, not quite dried out, not pink, and the rub was very salty. The baby backs were cute little guys, meaty, with a reddish bbq sauce, though undistinguished. The St Louis were the real problem. One end was an end cut, which is great, and they'd been finished on a grill. That end tasted very much of gas. Not liquid fluid or anything. I asked if they had been finished on a gas grill and was told yes. I said they tasted of it, and they offered to replace them. My husband, recovering from a cold, couldn't really taste what I was reacting to, so we said it wasn't necessary. It was definitely on the part which had been crisped up. Anyway, for me it sortof ruined everything. I am not actually familiar with gas grill cooking, and it's possible, I suppose that this is part of it. But I can't really imagine it would be.
The brisket had been simmered in sauce so you couldn't see the coloration. It tasted ok. They have a neat mango bbq sauce but it's only served on their pork. We tried a little cup of it, ice cold but really interesting.
I saw other people get good-looking bbq chicken and sandwiches. They do quite a take-out business too. The pictures of the ribs on the web site are so gorgeous it's why we drove an hour to get there. They do look like the pictures.
I'd be interested to hear other folks experiences with gas grills, and at The Hickory Hog.
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