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T-Rex: Are pork ribs supposed to be numbingly spicy?

veebee | Feb 16, 2006 08:56 AM

This place has had a zillion comment lately so I’ll make this short, but in light of the recent posts about wild inconsistencies, I thought I’d post this.

I dined there a couple of weeks ago for the first time and ordered the baby back ribs. The waiter suggested I get the sauce on the side because it was unusually spicy that night. The gentlemen next to us confirmed this and said they could barely eat them. I dutifully ordered the sauce on the side. And the sauce WAS spicy but not too spicy. It was actually the rub on the ribs that was really spicy.

I liked them, but they are not what I think of as “great barbecue”. I’m no expert, but I thought the smoke flavor was about right. They weren’t quite tender enough as other posters have said, and they were definitely too spicy. Not too spicy to eat (for me) but too spicy to make it possible to appreciate the meat flavor.

I’ve had some good barbecue in both Texas and Louisiana and never run across any rub as spicy as this. Is this a particular style? I don’t know, but I thought it was strange and speaks to the inconsistency of this place. The sauce was ok and, as others have said, not of any particular style. The sides were fine, not great. The pecan sweet potato pie was great. I was underwhelmed, but in light of the not-so-great barbecue in these parts and the quality of the meat they use and the fair price to quality ratio, I’d go back if I had a hankering for barbecue, but was wondering if anyone else had experienced this excessive use of spice?

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