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Blue Ribbon BBQ (Arlington location)

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Blue Ribbon BBQ (Arlington location)

psora | Mar 4, 2006 09:00 PM

Thanks for the responses when I was asking about this a while back. Finally made it over there for a really good meal a couple of days ago. We timed it prefectly, being on the early side of lunchtime, so there were seats. There aren't many to begin with and about halfway through the meal the place was packed, although the turnover was pretty fast on them (keep this in mind if planning to go there). Wonderful rich true BBQ meat smell when you open the door, that I wish I could keep a shot of at hand to chase away cold and/or damp day blues.

Couple of us had the pulled pork sandwiches and a single rib on the side. Pulled pork fall apart tender, with a gentle smoked flavor. Rib -nicely tasty and generously meaty with just enough fat for flavor and not all cartilige (sp?) as some places. Tender but still with enough body and with a slight slight crustiness on the outside from long exposure to heat. I actually preferred the takeout orders I got for subsequent meals of the brisket and burnt ends to the pulled pork. Both had a richer smokey taste (as of course you'd expect with the burnt ends). Spicy BBQ sauce had a very gentle bite. Not exactly spicy to me, but enough that you knew it was there. The others had salmon, which was a pleasant surprise. One had the Burrito and the other another presentation from the specials menu that I can't recall. Both thought they were excellent, and at least one of them tends to be picky so that's praise indeed. All plates came with the usual baked beans (very sweet BBQ bean - not altogether to my taste) and a fairly tasteless IMO slaw. The others had dessert - cherry and peach cobblers, both of which were much enjoyed. Definintely recommended as some of the best BBQ I've had around this area in a while.

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