I went back for my first visit in at least a year or so and I have to admit I was quite disappointed. While nothing was bad per see, I wasn't as wowed as I have been in the past.
Two of us ordered two combo plates.
The pulled pork was admittedly reheated. I have no idea how many times but when I asked for it dry they said they have to put some sauce in it when it's reheated. I realize the inherent issues with serving 100% freshly cooked 'cue at a restaurant; it's rarely possible unless you have a quick and normal amount of turnover. However it came out kind of greasy and not as good as Blue Ribbon's (Newton, and heck even the pulled from Whole Foods - also Blue Ribbon - was better two weeks ago). Disappointing.
The jerk chicken was not smoked. It was good, but not what I expected. Tender, sauced, it had to be grilled. Smoking such a low fat cut is not a good idea, I just had assumed they would be serving smoked jerked bird. Looking back, there is nothing on the menu that indicates it would be smoked. My mistake but still good.
The brisket was tired and dry. I think it had been smoked right the first time (maybe) but re-heating brisket (I assume) is a tough thing to do, especially when sliced so thin.
The loin ribs I liked, but they had been obviously reheated too. Nonetheless, they are nearly on par with Blue Ribbon. I just wish both places would use a spicier rub.
The fries at Uncle Pete's are hand cut and the best I've had in a while. The onion rings are hand made, but not as good as those at O'Sullivans.
Those sweet potato biscuits with icing are an abomination and should only be served in the depths of Hades.
I have had wonderfully delicious meals here so I can't completely write them off.
If I could have the brisket from Jake the Boss', pulled pork from either Jake & Earl's or Blue Ribbon, and either Pete's or BR's spareribs all served at Redbones (tap and bottle selection), I would be a very happy camper.