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Pit Boss BBQ revisited...

Civil Bear | Mar 25, 200804:26 PM

After a bit of an underwhelming first visit to Pit Boss BBQ in Richmond, I returned as promised hoping that I had caught them on an off-night on the first trip. It looks like I did...

On the first visit I came away feeling the meets were okay (other than the ribs which were better than average) and the sides were inedible (literally, with undercooked mac & cheese and cornbread drier and harder than your average crouton). This time things were different...

The Wifey and I decided to split a 4-way with two sides plus a small order of beans. I wasn't in the mood for mediocre brisket, so I originally opted for tri-tip. When the Mrs. objected, I asked the waitress if the brisket was good tonight. She replied it was so..."as always." That didn't instill much confidence, but after a little more probing she had me convinced to try it. I am glad I did because it was the moistest, tenderest brisket in the Bay Area, second only to perhaps Memphis Minnie's who's brisket has always been consistently good. The pulled pork and chicken were also pretty good, though the ribs were a bit overdone.

And this time the sides were fantastic! Cheesy and flavorful mac & cheese, tender greens (but not mushy in the least), and awesome bbq'ed beans (and I tend not to care for them so much). My only gripe was that the greens came straight on the container, so there was no chance to get any of the pot-liquor. Unfortunately, the cornbread, although better than last time, was still too dry and hard to finish.

Okay, I'll be back again...

Pit Boss Barbeque
12889 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA

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