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New Zion Church Barbecue

Dick Davis | Mar 31, 2005 08:27 PM

Finally got to go today to New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville. I loved the place -- especially the people, who were friendly and willing and eager to talk about their place, how they did it, etc.

As far as the food, I had a very similar experience as Scott. See his March 28 post. The brisket I had was better than he describes -- it was moist and had lots of smoke flavor, even though it had no crust. It was a little tough, but not enough so to ruin it. Good, not great.

Sausage was basic. Again, good smoke flavor. I've hardly ever had sausage I didn't like, so you really can't rely on what I say about sausage. Theirs is not Louis Mueller's jalapeno sausage, but it's good. Just not great.

Ribs were the best bet. Kinda funny, because I stopped by there about 10:30 a.m., before they opened, and talked to two women who were minding the smoker. Asked them what was good and they said, of course, "everything." When pressed, however, they told me it was the ribs and that turned out to be true. As all the meat, excellent smoke flavor. Texture was al dente -- not too soft and falling off the bone and not too tough. The ribs themselves were a little sparse on meat. All in all, my verdict was, again: good, not great. Certainly not in the league with the ribs I had at the Country Tavern last Saturday, but good enough to go back for if I'm ever back in the area.

Sides of potato salad and beans were okay. Pecan pie was excellent.

Bottom line: good, not great.

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