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StrEAT Fare BBQ at Andy's Produce in Sebastopol

Melanie Wong | Oct 20, 201302:55 PM

Last night's harvest party featured chicken and ribs from the BBQ concession parked at Andy's Produce, StrEAT Fare. This was my first taste of barbecue. Today's its last day of the season, serving until 7pm or sold out.

I wanted to post here as a placeholder for when it returns in the spring. The chicken was a standout, quite a surprise for me, as I've found so few good examples of barbecue chicken. Most are grilled. This was brined and thoroughly smoked, yet the skin was still edible and not turned to rubber or dried parchment. Delicious on its own with sauce served on the side, the drumstick had succulent rosy-tinted meat. The white meat was verging on overcooked but was not dried out.

The ribs are baby backs, only $20 for a whole rack. Tender but not mushy and retaining some toothsomeness, these had a very satisfying texture. They seemed brined too with a certain ham-like cured taste, but also nicely smoked and not sugared-up.

The sauce is tomato-based and middle of the road. That said, it doesn't offend with excess sugar or artificial smoke and was not just a doctored Sweet Baby Ray's commercial sauce. I liked the bright tanginess against the sweet smoke.

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