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Mikes 4 Star BBq, Port Gamble SEA


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Mikes 4 Star BBq, Port Gamble SEA

dcatwater | Dec 12, 2009 06:32 PM

Visited this place today, after trying all the usual suspects and being disapointed in general with the BBQ choices in the PNW. Spoke with the propriotor (Mike) who has been q'ing on a mobile rig for four years now. Place is a converted gas station in Port Gamble. Decor is simple, clean and functional.

Ordered a three meat combo plate to share with my 16 yo son. Plate came with pulled pork, chicken quarter, and half a rack of spare ribs. Chicken was done perfectly, golden skin, moist and tender with a good smoke flavor. Ribs had a nice thick dry rub (cinnimon taste came out strong, but not in a bad way) on them, good smoke ring and falling off the bone. Quality cut as well. Pulled pork is where he really shined - very nice smoke ring, plenty of bark mixed in with the order, tender and not greasy. Served with a small bun that held up well to the sauce.

Two sauces available (I orderd my meat with sauce on the side...don't know if it comes sauced usually) one a tomatoe based (texas?) and the other a Carolina vinegar base. The tomatoe sauce was a bit ketchupy for me, but the vinegar was very tasty. Ended up mixing the two for what is for me a perfect combo.

Sides are simple with slaw and beans included in the meals. The slaw was fresh and crunchy with what looked to be the carolina sauce on it. It could use a bit more flavor. The beans were outstanding with a sweet smokey taste and a good bit of cumin coming through.

Place gets bonus points for having 5 or 6 micros on tap. Bill cane to 30.00 with beer and soda, had to take some home because we couldn't eat it all.

All in all a solid place, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it. It is for sure the best Q I've had since we moved here. I'll have to go back to check for consistancy, but if you are looking for decent Q, this could be it.


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