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16 May 2012 @ 08:27 am
Since J's mom had the night off last night, she took us out to dinner last night to celebrate the new job. We debated where to go and settled on Smoke, a BBQ place that is supposed to be really good. J and I went in there once, but just got a cheesesteak sandwich, so I was looking forward to seeing how they compare.

Now, lemme just say this: I know good BBQ. I lived in Memphis for 9 years, home of the big BBQ festival each year and home to Corky's. I've eaten some of the best Texas pit BBQ ever, and know some amazing grill masters. I make my own sauce and get raves about my own BBQ. I say this to illustrate that I'm more than a little picky about BBQ, and will be the first to point out where a place didn't get it quite right.

With that said, I opted to give them quite an acid test and ordered "The Smokemaster", a sandwich of beef brisket and pulled pork with their own sauce. I figured this could make or break them in my head. It arrived, looking huge and glorious. I noticed that it was topped with coleslaw...hmm, don't recall that on the menu (but, looking back, it was there). See, I'm weird on coleslaw, too: I'm not a big fan, it's usually too odd tasting, or just too stringy. Still, the food smelled AMAZING, so I took a nibble of the meat that was over-hanging everything.

Everything goes kinda fuzzy, because I wolfed that thing down so fast. Holy cats,m that was the best BBQ I've had since I left Memphis...and maybe the best I've had EVER.

The meat was so tender it damn near melted in my mouth. Perfectly cooked. The sauce was not overpowering, like most BBQ places do, it was tasty and complimented things well, but it did not stand out or overpower. The slaw was finely diced, and carefully neutral in taste, so as to add to things instead of being bold. I kept trying to put the thing down, savor the bite I had, and make this last, but I was simply unable to stop eating. Hell, i was one step away from asking the chef to come out so I could hug him.

I cannot say enough good things about this place, and they will definitely get more of my business.
air_n_darkness: drink teaair_n_darkness on May 16th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
That sounds amazing, and is certainly high compliment indeed! :)
Susan Kit the firstmigness on May 16th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
ahem, cole slaw is very important...


Davehowlin_wolf_66 on May 16th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Great review! :-)
Steve Hutchison: NOM?foomf on May 16th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
This might actually make me want to leave the northwet for a culinary inspection visit.
Exhalations into the Etherdragon_smoke on May 17th, 2012 07:45 am (UTC)
Thanks dude, you just made me drool all over my keyboard.

But I don't get the coleslaw. Was it actually ON your sandwich? That is a bit weird for me. Well, so was the "both pork and beef brisket" thing. But I am one of those fools that doesn't like her food to touch, so if you say it was good, I believe it. :-)
snakesinspace on May 17th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
I believe coleslaw on the BBQ is NC style?

Glad you enjoyed your meal!
Jay Bohmerjaybohmer on May 17th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Ok, it was Good. Howsabouit a link? or at least an address? Who knows? I might make it there sometime. BTW, Ms H and I will be in Philly for a week after the 4th..
Teri Smithkitchenqueen on May 18th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
I like coleslaw, but not on my BBQ sandwiches. I may be shaming my pseudo-southern heritage, but coleslaw is a side dish. To put it on a sandwich is just plain odd. Like unsweet tea.</p>

My friend Taylor got a smoker for Christmas two years back, and when he fires that thing up, we eat like kings. It's downright impossible to find good BBQ around here. Strangely enough, they can't make pizza here either. They do deep dish ok, if you're into that, but good luck finding a decent NY style thin crust. First off, everyone wants to make the pizza on what seems to be a giant matzo cracker. Then they cut the round pizza into squares, so you end up with some prices with no crust and some with all crust, and maybe 3 tiny 2x2 squarish pieces with the right mix of sauce and crust. It's pretty bad when the best pizza you can find comes from Costco. Sorry to rant.

God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 19th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I tend to agree, but this...this was amazing.