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New BBQ joint in Durham

Sant | Feb 25, 200311:33 AM

It's called The Q Shack and it's located on University Dr., next to Nana's and behind Pao Lim's. With all due respect to Carolina style barbeque, I've been waiting for a place that served Texas style que. The owner is a transplant from Dallas. We had the ribs and brisket plates, which comes with two sides (you can also get sandwiches, which come with one side). The ribs were nice and smokey but all that spicy rub started to overwhelm after awhile. However, the beef brisket was perhaps the best I've ever had! Smokey, spicy, and moist. The don't put sauce on the meat but have a spicy and mildly sweet sauce available at the tables, and probably as a nod to Carolinians, they also have a Western Carolina style sauce available. They also serve pork butt, turkey, brisket chile, and hamburgers but I can't report on those until I try them. The baked beans were unexceptional (from a can?) but the fries, huspuppies, and especially the cole slaw (very slight on the mayo) was good.

The place is perfectly suited for a quick, relatively cheap meal. The two plates, a kid's plate, and two drinks came out to about $21. It's self-serve oriented, and the decor is sparse but clear and bright. The indoor seating is somewhat limited. However, there is outdoor seating so as the temps warm up it'll be a good place to go eat.

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