stopped in last night after meeting jake at the spinnazola gala last year -- had to try his barbecue once again.
had the blue collar special (chopped bbq, brisket, chicken, ribs) plus mac and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, and cowboy beans. sweet sauce. red velvet cake.
oh how i loved that brisket. tender, fatty, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. pure beef, just as good as it was in texas (see link below, look for city market). no sauce is necessary for really good barbecue (sauce is for sissies! or dry barbecue! move over, redbones!), and this is probably some of the best i've had up north. i did try the sauce, and it was sweet, a hint of spice, and oh-so-smokey. not too shabby. the chicken -- roasted, tender, and juicy. the ribs fell off of the bone -- i was hoping for something fattier (maybe pork ribs), but the beef ribs were great. the chopped bbq was decent -- but i'm not a fan of the north carolina vinegar-style barbecue.
the potatoes were gummy, and the mac and cheese tasted exactly that -- macaroni and cheese. the pinto beans were pretty tasty with bits of brisket in it. all the sides seemed to lack seasoning (salt? pepper?). the mac and cheese needed some sort of binding agent -- maybe a light cream sauce or some sort of base -- it was bland, to say the least. the barbecue was the main focus of the evening, however, and it didn't let these two texans down. if only we had some shiner bock -- but sweetened lemon tea was a decent substitute.
the red velvet cake was fine -- if blindfolded, i could have mistaken it for a german chocolate cake but made with yellow cake (isn't the original red velvet cake "red" because of the kind of cocoa used? anybody?).
i was a bit sad to move out of the city for possible lack of great grub, but with places like jake's boss bbq, i need not worry . . .
3492 washington st
jamaica plain ma 02130
617 983 3701