Minding the thread below, I had planned to pick up our July 4 ribs from Smalley's Roundup but found it closed for vacation. Scotty's Pit seems to be out of business. So, I had to venture a little further and a call to Curly's in Seaside found them open.
I had no trouble finding the place, as there was a billowing smoker in action out by the street. A couple people were ahead of me at the counter, which was just fine because I could observe their orders come up. Watching the counterman chop their ribs, I could see the deep smoke ring on the meaty pork and be more confident about ordering.
A half rack of ribs which comes with one side and a piece of garlic toast, one hot link, and an extra side was $17.75, including tax, more than enough for lunch for the three of us at home. The split and griddled hot link was the fine-grained hot dog-like type that I don't like so much, but really HOT. The sides were really good --- black pepper-y potato salad with large cubes of firmish potato and a light hand with the mayo and finely spiced, medium hot barbecue beans (made without meat so vegetarians can get some protein in this meat smokehouse).
I had asked for the sauce on the side so that I could taste the unadulterated meat and the smoking. The non-parboiled pork ribs were toothsome with a mild smoky taste from oak. They lacked the seasoning rub of Central Texan's, but were juicy and much superior in texture. The sauce was not the jammy and sweet type I was expecting of Southern-style. With thinnish body, a vinegary snap, and roasted medium heat, it soaked into the meat nicely and complemented it beautifully.
I'd come back here again. Anyone had the sweet potato pie?
1107 Fremont Blvd.
(across the side street from Walgreens, almost in Del Rey Oaks)
Seaside, CA. 93955
Tel: (831) 394-7274
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