It had been a while since I'd been there, so I decided to stop in today for a combo plate before the snow started falling. I ordered the brisket & loin rib combo. Instead the dreaded sweet potato biscuit, I ordered a bun so I could make a brisket sandwich.
As always, the ribs were excellent and only slightly sauced, more of an afterthought (which I prefer). Meaty, smoky, not too fall-off-the-bone. 3 ribs for the combo order.
The brisket flavor was also very good - the brining enhances the flavor of the cut as Pete only buys brisket flats, rather than the entire brisket portion. I prefer the somewhat fattier cuts at Jake's Boss as Pete's portion is very lean, little fat due to the cut and lots of trimming. I'd say a good 1/4 lb of meat on the sandwich.
Sides. Pete's one drawback is sides. I ordered the fries which were delicious - fried golden brown with some of the skin still on. The beans, they were ok, nothing special. Pete should add okra and collars, as well as mac 'n cheese to the somewhat small list of sides to add some breadth. The slaw is ok, the asian slaw hit or miss - all in all nothing too special.
I really like the spicy bbq sauce. Dark smokey flavor with a decent jolt of heat. Perfect with fries and on the sandwich.
Excellent service. Add two Sam Adams bottles and total was $22. Pete came out to talk to me for a few minutes, really nice guy.
FWIW, I told him I'm not a fan of pre-sauced pulled pork (which is why I didn't order it there). He said next time tell the kitchen no sauce at all on the pulled and have them bring me some vinegar. I'll be back.
Interestingly, there was an article on the wall discussing how Chris S. from ECG organized a semi-contest between himself, the owner/cook at Blue Ribbon (who learned to bbq from Chris according to the article) and Pete. Three catergories: general pork (ie pulled, cut, sliced shoulder), brisket and ribs. Blue Ribbon won the brisket category, Pete won the ribs and pulled category. I didn't note a date but it appeared to be late 90s. Uncle Pete's opened in 1995.