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Uncle Frank's BBQ...Myths Debunked

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Uncle Frank's BBQ...Myths Debunked

Porthos | Nov 2, 2005 04:28 PM

I'm still licking the delectably smoky BBQ sauce off my fingertips and trying unsuccessfully to keep my keyboard sauce-free after gorging myself on Uncle Frank's combo brisket and pork ribs.

Given the recent dialogue on this board, I decided to see for myself if all the rumors were true: if there was a she-demon turning people away at the parking lot, if the service was "horrible", and most importantly, if the BBQ was indeed that good.

I was a little nervous as I pulled into the parking lot. There was indeed, a gruff looking lady posting sentry by the door. My heart palpitated a little as I offered a tentative "Hello." To my surprise, she smiled (okay, half smiled), and said "Hello," back. No snarling. So far so good. Myth #1 debunked. No she-demon at the door.

I headed quickly past the dingy bar and its 3 patrons and towards the back where the smoky essence of BBQ was emanating. It was 1pm on a random Wednesday afternoon, but every table was occupied. I was greeted with a huge smile by the gentleman at the cash register and after looking at the menu for 2 seconds, decided on the combo brisket and pork ribs...the litmus test for any BBQ joint. The combo came with cornbread and I decided to go with the greens and cajun corn for my sides.

There were a couple of other orders in front of me and I waited a good 10 minutes but it seemed like forever since I was starving and weakened by the unmistakable smell of quality smoked meat. I had decided on takeout since I live less than a mile away. My takeout order was handed to me a smile and thank you by the waitress. No gruff service here. Myth #2 debunked.

I got home, spread out my feast, and bit into the pork ribs. It was juicy, tender, smoky, and probably some of the best BBQ pork ribs I've had. The thickly sliced, tender slabs of brisket was also very good but not ethereal like the ribs. The cajun creamed corn was decent but the greens were over salted and I had to stop half-way. The cornbread was by far the best side…but then again, I haven’t met a cornbread I didn’t like. Myth #3 seemed to live up to the hype. The BBQ was indeed insanely good and definitely good enough to brave the lady at the front on her worst days.

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