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Q-Shack report (Durham)

Nab | Jul 31, 200402:53 PM

i'm adding yet another bbq message to the others from today. in fact, after just checking my hotposts, it seems all the posts today are bbq-related. i'm not complaining.

had to break my religious routine of Allen & Son to try this place out. in the past, i believe one had to negotiate for a combination of meats, as it wasn't on the menu. they now have 2 meat & 3 meat combos there for $9.95 & $10.95, respectively, which was exactly what i was looking for. unfortunately, my dreams of brisket & sausage were not to come true today. no sausage. i went for brisket, pulled, and ribs even though i'm not a big fan of st.louis glop-sauced ribs. oh, and hushpuppies, slaw & onion rings on the side.

brisket was the best of the bunch, but if i had to complain, it would be that it didn't really have a potent smokey flavor to it. but i can understand that, because alot of people don't like it to that extent of smoke. this is why bbq-ing at home is of some advantage. only 3 slices of it ... and what killed me was that it was 3 slices off a freshy that hadn't been touched yet.

pulled was not bad, had some nice crispy parts in there too, but obviously hard to even make an assessment on a texas-oriented bbq place doing pulled when you're an avid fan of Allen & Son.

ribs were eh. but as i mentioned, this style is really not my thing, and i knew that going in, but still had to order them in the name of science. can't remember how many of them were there, but lemme check ... ok, there are 4 bones in my trash.

sides were all very good, hushpuppies maybe a little dry.

anyways, overall it's pretty decent 'cue. i'll go back for the brisket & sausage next time only. in fact, that makes it a great partner to A&S now - go to one for the pulled, and the other for texas treats.

it's hard to complain about mediocre bbq when, like myself, you're: 1) raised in canada, and 2) have only lived in boston. i would, however, like to find more texas-style brisket.

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