On the advice and recommendation of a handful of travel guides, folks around town, and a soul or two on this board we ventured to Bozo's Hot Pit Barbecue last night to sample the food there. Sadly, I was a little disappointed.
The food--the side items, especially--are all uniformly good. Unfortunately, the meat that they serve falls under the category of "roast pork," i.e. there was no smoke flavoring anywhere in the meat; no telltale pink coloring, no real depth of flavor. Likewise, the ribs appeared to have been cooked in an oven. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of roast pork, and the ribs had a flavorful spice blend rubbed into them and were falling-off-the-bone tender. But I expected more from a place one friend of a friend had described as "better than any barbecue place in Memphis."
In better news, for those who are fans, Gus's Fried Chicken (a hundred yards down the road) is rebuilt and open for business--community groups and local companies contributed to put the place back together quickly.