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New Sweet Home Barbecue, East Palo Alto

Melanie Wong | Oct 16, 200304:22 AM

Last weekend we were looking for Turkish burgers at “Halim’s”. I got distracted by a sandwich sign on the sidewalk proclaiming Texas-style barbecue from a local church and instead headed toward the smoke.

The church has some boarded up windows. But in the parking lot is a big smoker rig and a small greenhouse of a kitchen on blocks. There were two parties ahead of us. We peered in the windows to watch as sides of meaty spareribs with a nice crust and a deep smoke ring were being cut. We looked at each other and nodded, so far so good.

The meat offerings include chicken, spareribs, and hot links. Rib tips – my favorite – were offered as a special for $8, but were already sold out. We bought a rib dinner, $10 to share. This included four spareribs with bread and two sides (choice of potato salad, green beans or red beans & rice). The ribs were nice and meaty, tender yet the right resistance to the bite and well-rendered of excess fat. The leanish sauce had moderate heat and a nice spicy complexity, plus it was barely sweet and very different from the thick and jammy style of Flints or E&J. We liked how it complemented the smoky meat instead of overwhelming it. The potato salad was yellow and had tiny bits of something rubbery that we theorized was ground up bread and butter pickles (?). The red beans and rice was tasty but the long-grain rice was too hard. Despite the sides, this was good ‘cue and we’ll be back again.

New Sweet Home Church and Outreach Ministry
On Capitol, one block behind Ikea’s parking structure
East Palo Alto
Friday and Saturday only, Sunrise to 7pm

In our drive-by, I spotted Uncle Frank’s and McKnights, both ‘cue places that have been reported on here. I also noticed a sidewalk sandwich sign offering barbecue and a few tables outside the small grocery store on Cooley – any word on this?


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