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Trip Report, Stop 1: GOODWOOD BARBECUE / Draper and Orem, UT

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Trip Report, Stop 1: GOODWOOD BARBECUE / Draper and Orem, UT

Tha Groovin' Gourmet | May 25, 2006 12:06 PM

This is a newish chain based out of Boise, adding a couple of locations each year. I had lunch a few weeks ago, and thought the place looked familiar, but couldn't figure out why until the manager told us about the operation during our dinner visit.

Both meals were at the Orem location, an outside building located at University Mall. They also have a location in Draper, which is much closer to home, and we are very glad to know they are there.

The only thing they serve that is not up to snuff, at least based on my lunch, is the brisket. Despite a nice smoke ring, there was only a medium smoky taste, and the meat was sliced too thin and was pretty dry. The quest for proper brisket outside of Texas continues.

The sausage on my lunch platter was excellent...definitely Texas style, with a nice spicy bite. Of my 2 sides, I much preferred their "Mom's Potato Salad" which was excellent...one of the better versions I've had in quite awhile. Their "Creamy Coleslaw" is good, but definitely not very creamy, so it was a bit of a disappointment. For a dryer style slaw, it is just fine, and as with their other sides, is prepared in-house. The portion sizes for the side dishes are generous compared to Famous Dave's which are downright skimpy.

We got a very late start on our trip due to me becoming exceedingly ill after some bad adobado at Alberto's in downtown Salt Lake the day before, but by dinner time my appetite was up, so Goodwood it was.

The lovely Denise has been in a rib mood lately, and chose a full rack, St. Louis style. Knowing that the brisket was not worth getting again, I opted for the Pit Boss burger, a half-pounder basted in their barbecue sauce (the sweet version...they also have an excellent spicier version), with cheddar, red onions and sliced sausage. I requested it as rare as possible, which prompted a visit from the manager to give us the undercooked foods disclaimer. I told him there was no way the burger could make me as sick as I had been the day before and encouraged the kitchen to go for it.

The burger was good, but not great. Cooked nicely rare, it had nice texture, but very little beefy burgerness. The addition of the sauce, cheese, onion and that yummy sausage made it better, and after a couple of bites I set the bun to the side and went for the meat. I opted for the potato salad for my side, and it was every bit as good as I remembered.

The ribs were served up in a huge slab, and might have spent a bit too long on the grill as they were a tad dry for my missus' preference...I thought they were pretty darned good, with a nice smoky flavor. Denise also went with the spud salad, giving it rave reviews and she was pleased with the slaw as well.

We had started out with a full-order of onion rings which were totally top drawer. Huge, thickly sliced onions were properly fried up in a tempura-style batter, and were presented with a homemade ranch dressing which was outstanding, and I hate ranch dressing. It was a fine meal overall...I had not eaten in over 24 hours and my hunger was well taken care of with Denise walking away proclaiming the place a new favorite.

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