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LOW BBQ CA chowhound report (Long)

Jakesdad | May 3, 200510:13 PM

Finally up here on a Monday nite and talked a friend into going to Apizza Scholls for BBQ. I've have anticipated this for some time after reading all the great reviews of their Q on this message board. As a preface allow me to explain that I lived in East TX for 3 years, my wife is from TX and we made a pilgrimage to Lockhart, TX last year for the ultimate in BBQ, Black's. Needless to say I love good Q. My buddy and I got there slightly before 5, had a heckuva time finding it, finally had to call them after driving past it three times. They opened the door slightly after 5, we were 4th in line. Ordered the 4 meat plate, beans and potato salad, my buddy ordered the 2 meat plate, brisket and pulled pork, cole slaw and beans and a pitcher of pilsner urquell (gotta have a pilsner with good Q). I was pleased to see white bread and BBQ sauce on the side to get it if you wanted it, that's the TX way. After we got thru about 2/3 of a glass of pilsner, tasty, very tasty I was brought a huge plate of meat with my sides on a seperate plate. My buddy had his all on one plate. First, it smelled like Q, smoke, spices, meat! Second, it looked like Q. Brisket and ribs should have a good 1/4 inch of red from the smoke penetrating the meat, this did. First, the brisket. With the exception of Black's this was the 2nd best I've tasted, smokey and moist. Most Q joint's get the smoke right but the meat is dry from too hot of smoke. This was the way brisket is supposed to taste. My only complaint would be that Black's has more fat on their brisket so it is even moister. Second, the ribs. As good as any I have tasted, moist, smoky tangy, meat falling off the bone. Third, the pulled pork. These guys are good, it was better than what was supposed to be the best BBQ joint in Greensboro, NC. No sauce on it but was even better dipped in some of the red sauce. Fourth, the lamb ribs. What a revelation, I have never had lamb ribs before but I am a convert. Tastier morsels I have never had. All in all, this was a meat eaters delite. The sides, beans were good TX style pinto beans with the exception that I would have liked a little jalapeno to spice em up a touch but that said, darn good cowboy beans. The potato salad, ho hum, I like mine chunky not creamy. My buddy liked the cole slaw very much, I took a bite and that must have been where they put the jalapeno's. Nice crunch with heat at the end. Good slaw. Bottom line, I'll be back as often as I can.

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