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[PDX -- Aurora] Papa Joe's BBQ and Chicago Style Hot Dogs

Nick | Aug 21, 200405:04 PM

The Aurora exit is a great I-5 stop for berries and peaches and such. But recently I noticed a sign for BBQ and hot dogs. Tried to stop by the other day, but no one was there. It's just a little trailer 1/4 mile west of the interstate. Today, they were open.

They have several dogs and sausages and seem to buy quality, so I imagine they're good. But I was there to test the Q.

They don't have a sampler plate, but I asked for one and they agreed. I got the pork loin, tri tip, and pork ribs. They also do chicken and sandwiches.

The tri tip was dry and not smokey at all. The loin was better, decently moist and tender for loin, which I don't think generally makes good Q. It also wasn't that smokey, though. The pork ribs were clearly the best of the three and pretty decent. They're only seasoned with salt and pepper, which is nice, imo. They were tender and decently moist. They're still only as good as LOW's on an off day, but they're worth eating and a good I-5 stop. The BBQ sauce is overly sweet, imo, btw.

They're open 10-5 M-S, closed on Sunday. See pics (including their menu with prices) below.


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