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Slowpokes BBQ in West Concord

LStaff | Jul 10, 2009 12:55 PM

Stopped in for lunch today. Strange setup - walk in a door, down a hallway, bang a right and you are at the entrance of a catering space with smoke billowing out of the smokers. Stacks of hickory chips in plastic bags along the wall, walk-in in front (which I saw contained a whole hog when the owner opened the door). A little cash register with a young woman taking and fulfilling orders - another young man helping to expedite orders from a counter on the other side of the room as well. Took about 10 minutes for them to take my order as they seemed unprepared for the 5 or so people waiting in front of me but the food came fast after ordering. 1/3 rib platter with 3 sides for $12 or pulled pork, sliced brisket, or pulled chicken sandwiches with two sides for $7.50. A selection of about 6 different sides and some drinks in a bin on ice.

I got the rib platter w. cornbread, slaw, and potato salad and I also got a brisket sandwich w/ beans and greek pasta salad, because I figured that brisket is the hardest to get right and would be a good stress test. The meats were both overdone. Ribs were mostly dry, shriveled up with crumbly meat - four bones with an inedible end bone counting as one of the bones. The two decent bones out of the four tasted ok and had a salty-ish spice rub that blackened with the heat - moderate smoke flavor - noticeable smoke ring. Brisket was thickly sliced and tender, but also dry (except near the fat) and I think if they had sliced it thin, would have crumbled apart. There wasn't any noticeable smoke flavor and the burnt ends included in the slices were, well, burnt to a crisp - hard, dry and inedible - probably should have been trimmed away. Served on a semi-hardened bun with a ladle of sauce. Cornbread was good and not too cakey, slaw was missing from my rib platter, and the potato salad was just cubed potato, sweet potato, egg, and mayonaise - no herbs or seasonings that I could detect. Greek pasta salad was mushy penne with vegetables, feta cheese, and olives swimming in a vinagrette but was passable. Beans were sweet and savory, slow roasted with what I think was pulled pork and spices - not bad. The highlight of the meal for me was the bbq sauce - tomato based that was a little sweet and vinegary. Pickles served in a little cup were good too. Worth the $20 for me to know that this is not the bbq I want for my birthday party.

I may check them out another time to try the pulled pork or if I hear of any changes.

Photos were taken by cell phone half way through eating.

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