Not having had any BBQ in the last 3 weeks (but lotsa turkey during Thanksgiving :-) ), I didn't feel like driving far today to satisfy my fix for Q. It had been at least 6 months since I've been to Clayton Shurley's Real BBQ, so I decided to give it a try again. Not much has changed.
If you didn't know, they don't serve any beef ribs here. I decided on the beef brisket as the alternative, and also sampled the pork ribs as the 2nd meat of my 2 meat combo, along with sides of macaroni & cheese and potato salad, and a bread roll.
After having had the monstrous 10" pork ribs at Beach Pit BBQ in Costa Mesa, I'd momentarily forgotten what regular size pork ribs look like. I got 3 little 5" ribs, with a fair amount of meat, somewhat tasty but not very tender.
The beef brisket was better, being more tender, having a fair amount of flavor. I don't regularly order beef brisket enough to be an expert on it, but I thought these were decent.
Sides were pretty good, with the macaroni and cheese having little bits of ham mixed in with it. Definitely better than most places, and the potato salad was mixed with a fair amount of seasoning, which made it better than expected.
Sides were better than at the Beach Pit BBQ, but when I'm going to a BBQ place, I'm going there for the meat, not the sides.
Clayton Shurley's is about the same as what I remembered: okay BBQ because it's close by. But I won't come here on a regular basis because they don't serve beef ribs. Nearest reasonably priced places I'll visit are Chris and Pitts in Fountain Valley, and if I'm in the mood for pork ribs, Beach Pit BBQ will satisfy my cravings.
Clayton Shurley's Real BBQ
4400 Macarthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA