Tomm’s BBQ recently opened in Oakland, and “it’s the real, smokier than hell itself, sauce-slathered, meat falling off the bone, Memphis deal,” says South Carolina-bred dls999. “I spent the rest of the day irritating my spouse with exclamations like, ‘Dude, I’ve been waiting 20 years for this’ and ‘Did we just have real bbq or am I having that dream again?’ ”

The meat is “delicious, tender, almost buttery,” says Agent 510, who had the pork shoulder. It’s excellent even without the sauce, thanks to a dry rub that Glencora describes as “quite spicy, salty and smoky.”

Hounds give thumbs-up to the brisket, pork shoulder, and beef ribs (which come Flintstones-style, in one huge, uncut slab), but PegS found the pork ribs “a tad but not unacceptably dry in parts.”

Tomm’s BBQ & Deli [East Bay]
3446 Market Street, Oakland
510-420-8900

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