Christmas usually means a trek to the vast food wastland that is Fairfield County. This year, however, we were pleased (and amazed) to find some of the best BBQ we've EVER had in a strip mall in Monroe, CT!
We have made the "Rib Pilgramage" to places like Pierce's (VA), Arthur Bryant's (KS), and Daddy Bruce's (CO), but Duke's Smokehouse, in the Clocktower Shopping Center, Rte. 25, Monroe, CT (203-445-8301) is right up there in quality! The sauce is sweet/ peppery, and the meat is done to perfection. No par-boiled ribs here, just firm, pink pork, seasoned and smoked just right.
In addition to the ribs, we had wonderful homemade mac and cheese (just like mom should have made), exemplary fries, and sweet cakey cornbread. I wish we had anticipated dessert before we stuffed ourselves...the sweet potato pie is a must for our next visit.
At less than $30 for 2 of us, this is not only the best food in the area, but a real bargain too! If you are seeking food, instead of ambiance, this place is worth going out of the way for.