Restaurants & Bars 8

At last! Good BBQ.

shamu613 | Jun 5, 201203:35 PM

Tourists may want to ignore this unless you've rented a car. It's out in the sticks. Waaay out...

Deep in the neighborhood east of Rancho and Gowan is a meat market named John Mull's Meats. They've been at that location for more than 70 years. They've only been doing catering for the last few years and I was lucky enough to sample their 'que at an off road event named Hump N Bump. The Vegas Valley 4 Wheelers have been staging this event for more than 30 years and a couple of years ago, they hired John Mull's Meats to cater the Saturday night BBQ at the raffle party.

Last weekend, a new episode of Diners Drive-ins and Dives airs and I was shocked, honestly shocked to see Guy's red Camaro cruising The Strip. This town is so cluttered with chain restaurants I could not imagine any other restaurant that would fit in with Triple D.

Guy drives out to the sticks. Out to John Mull's Meats and while there's no actual restaurant there, just the one building that houses the butcher shop, the show stages a temporary back "restaurant" consisting of their catering trailers, hot tables and grills. If you watch the show a local motorcycle club was the lucky recipient of The Food Network's largess in a makeshift backyard BBQ behind the butcher shop. At the end of the episode, Guy mutters: "If you build it..."

And they have.

They put a new hot table inside opposite the counter where you order the meat products. And they built a new covered building outside with picnic tables to give you a comfortable place to eat. Well, it was comfortable *today* considering we're having a cool spell and it was only 82° at 11:30AM when they opened the lunch counter. However because they were running late, they handed out ribs, gratis, to those of us waiting in line.

There's two types of people in the world. People who like to gnaw meat off the bone and people who don't. I'm one of the later. If I'm eating 'que, I want brisket, hot links, pulled pork. Ribs don't do it for me. But these ribs... O.M.G. These ribs were outstanding. Juicy and so flavorful.

Eventually, they started serving food we started buying. Hal and I each got a 2&2 combo. Brisket and hot links for me, brisket and ribs for him. His potato salad was good and we both thought the baked beans were among the best we've ever tasted. We think that there might be a lot of some trimmings that make it into the beans because it was getting awfully close to being better classified as a chili. My mac and cheese was horrible. Tasted like left overs and really dry.

A 2&2 is $14, a 3&3 is $16.

Living south of the Green Valley Resort makes the trip up to John Mull's Meats a major schlepp. If all I wanted was meat, I could easily walk to Branded Meats and Deli on Horizon Ridge. It's the BBQ that will keep me coming back.

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