The roots of BBQ are in Texas and we have more great places than you can shake a stick at. The question is, where do you want to go? In Texas you can eat at Luling Meat Market, Elgin BBQ, and in Houston-Goode Co, Pappas.
What I look for in a good BBQ place: smell (a dead give away), a large number of vehicles in the parking lot (some mercedes and jags in with the rust buckets is best), older folks serving ya (a family business), meals come in a basket and wrapped in white tissue or butcher paper, limited number of side dishes (if it is good BBQ-you don't need much more). Lots of good places every where. Bon Appetite.
it is now called "Dixie Roadhouse". They had changed the menus, but not yet the sign out front, when I went a couple of months ago. Same great stuff, though. Where else ya gonna get BBQ cochon de lait?!
I'd get lost trying to find Zydecue again. It hasn't been that long since we last went, nice little eatery and the waiter was outstanding. The toilet in the men's room was overflowing though. Gotta find something wrong.
I tried it when I was doing a big roofing job there in Columbia... nastiest stuff I've ever put in my mouth. I've described it to everyone I know as "the closest thing to a dogshit sandwich that I can think of". I've never actually eaten a dogshit sandwich, but this is what I think they would taste like. Clear & light colored BBQ sauce is just unnatural. Vinegar as the base for BBQ sauce?? BLEH!! :puke:
But hey, if that's what some people like, I say go for it... this is just my opinion of Maurice's
but 17th Street Bar & Grill in Murphysboro (Southern Illinois) is probably the best bbq I've had. I've had some great bbq in Texas, Tennessee and elsewhere in the South. 17th Street is still my favorite and its becoming very popular in the region.
I think everyone has their favorite places. No biggie. I'd say my aunt Janet up in Lexington fixes the best BBQ in he world, but then again, most of the restaurants there have the same recipe, I believe.
My first experience was driving my "then" boyfriend (now my husband) and his best friend over (whom we've since lost to pancreatic cancer), circa 1992-93, none of us knowing what to expect. We get there, and it's a shack in the middle of a trailer park. I note the garden hoses in the front. You go in, and it's pretty obvious...ribs and nothing but ribs...and white bread. The signs announce "No sides" and "No Farting".
Anyway, a hour/half later, we came out totally dedicated. The ribs are so tender...the bones are just a vehicle to the lips. The sauce is red, but not thick...not a lot of sugar...more vinegar, and very runny. Right down your wrists to your elbows...and heaven help you if you have a mustache/beard like my husband...
Before we left, I made use of those water hoses in the front...I hosed down my guys before they got back into my car!
31. Jot 'em Down Country Store and BBQ in Athens, GA. Voted best in Athens last year.
Edited on Fri Mar-23-07 01:57 PM by CottonBear
It's located in an old mill store that is part of an old mill village on the east side of Athens. It is delicious: BBQ pork, chicken, turkey and beef brisket plus quail along with many many fresh veggies and sides and yummy southern desserts. It's all hickory smoked. The store is full of old historic photos of the old Whitehall Mill and mill village. You can buy household provisions there too since it's a real Southern country store! Sometimes they have live music on the weekends too!
Pig Tales Art of the Meal Krista Reese 10 Barbecue Places To Curl Up And Die For How do you choose 10 barbecue joints to write about? You might as well try to describe your 10 most memorable dates, or your favorite shirts. Barbecue is that personal, and that familiar. It has to do as much with taste as circumstance. In other words, the story involved. So this highly peculiar list in no way attempts to represent "the best" or "most authentic" or any other superlative. These are simply 10 places any barbecue fan ought to know about. Call it a porcine canon if you will.
Jot 'Em Down Country Store & BBQ, Athens: The label on my bottle of Cheerwine says "Real Sugar." The Sunbeam man is stocking shelves of sprongy bread in plastic bags. The hand-lettered sign on the wall reads, "No Smoking. We Have Enough." We must be at my new favorite place, Jot 'Em Down, a restored country store named for the fabled "Lum and Abner" 1930s radio show grocery. For years, Williams Grocery was a quick stop for gas and Lance crackers. Today, the tiny spot holds two rickety Formica dinettes and an old radio, as well as some of the best barbecue I've had in years. Pulled pork and beef, fantastic, fall-apart ribs, coleslaw with fresh dill, a mysterious (and unavailable at my visit) side called "cabbage casserole," seasonal items like barbecued quail, and incredible specials like tender smoked turkey. All served with your choice of six house sauces, including sweet, mustard, "Bill's," and XXX hot. 150 Whitehall Road (at Barnett Shoals), 706-549-2110.
Elrod Sims, left, and Bill Morton set up a 1920s cash register in Jot 'Em Down Country Store off Whitehall Road. Jeff Blake/Staff
Some might consider it stepping back in time. People passing through the swinging, screened double doors into Jot 'Em Down Country Store and Bar-B-Q will at least get a taste of nostalgia if they don't get a full appreciation for what neighborhood stores were like during simpler times. Jot 'Em Down represents a labor of love by partners Danny Bell, Bill Morton and Elrod Sims, who have renovated the former Williams' Grocery on Whitehall Road near the Barnett Shoals Road intersection. Built around 1924, the small building was operated as a ''country store'' serving everything from fresh cut meat to hardware, toys and gasoline. Located on the late Harold Williams' property, when the original proprietor decided to get out of the business, Williams and his brother Wilmont took over in the mid-1940s. For about 40 years, Rebie Williams, Harold's wife, managed the operation, and she still lives in her house nearby. Mrs. Williams sold the business in 1988, but retained ownership of the building. The business closed last fall, and shortly afterward Elrod Sims approached Williams about leasing it for a new ''old country store'' concept. ''For a little old country grocery store we had good business,'' Williams said. ''If it was not taking in dollars and cents, you got paid through friendships. Everyone who came in knew you. People were close back then.'' Sims, Bell and Morton have worked to make the store look much like it did in its heyday, and to restore the feeling of a place and time when folks took the time to visit when they stopped in the store.
The Jot 'Em Down Country Store sits near the intersection of Whitehall and Barnett Shoals Roads. Jeff Blake/Staff ''It's a bygone era, and people miss that,'' Sims explained. ''We want it to be the way America used to be before we got too busy and running late for everything.'' The partners are hoping to recapture that past time by setting up shop with memorabilia from earlier decades. ''There's nothing on display with bar codes,'' Sims quipped. ''There's nothing newer than 1966 in our fixtures.'' There's a 1920s crank phone, Formica-top tables, a pot-bellied stove and 8-ounce Cokes iced down in a metal case. Old signs and a refrigerator case from the old A&A Bakery in downtown Athens adorn the interior. A pair of hand trucks used to push cotton bales greet customers at the front entrance. Look around and you'll spot an old hoop cheese platter and a manual cash register. Outside stands a circa-1920s wagon that Sims said will be used to hold fresh produce for sale. Jot 'Em Down, which takes its name from the practice of customers calling in their grocery orders to the store and then coming by to pick up the goods, will sell some merchandise similar to the types of goods the old Whitehall mill community purchased for decades. Candy (including candy cigarettes), snacks, soft drinks, sugar, flour, bug spray, hardware and cooking supplies will fill the display racks in the store. Beth Estes, manager of Jot 'Em Down, said the store will also carry ''homegrown'' honey bottled by Julie Quinn of Quinn Products and chow-chow and jams from Hillside Orchards Farm near Clayton. To help develop the sense of a gathering place, Sims and crew will introduce the barbecue end of the business. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jot 'Em Down will sell pork barbecue smoked with hickory wood on a Lang Smoker set up in a screen shed outside the store. Sims said they will cook a batch each day and sell that ''until it's gone.'' Seating inside the store at the Formica tables will handle about a dozen people. Williams predicted that Jot 'Em Down's smoked barbecue will determine the success of the new venture. ''If he has good barbecue, he'll do super,'' she said. Williams said she was happy to see life come back to her old store and has been pleased with how ''thoughtful and considerate'' the Jot 'Em Down partners have been to her. ''They emptied my old barn of things that should have been thrown away,'' she said. ''He has treasured them (for use inside the store) and he's made that place look so much better.''
Jot 'Em Down Country Store and Bar-B-Q Owners: Danny Bell, Bill Morton, Elrod Sims Type: retail household goods, weekend barbecue restaurant Address: 150 E. Whitehall Road Phone: (706) 549-2110 Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Mellow Mushroom pizza Sundays at the Morton Five Points Bottle Shop The Old 441 The dog park on Whit Davis Fried green tomatoes at The Last Resort Copper Creek Gautreau's Cajun Cafe The Blue Willow in Social Circle Zim's Bagel Bakery Sunday brunch at the Porterhouse Grill
You've got me nostalgic for Athens, and I'm here! One thing - if the Barbeque Shack is close to the Wal-Mart on Lexington, then either they had a really bad day when I went there, or we'll have to disagree on them. What did you think of Fresh Air?
38. Two Places, and I can't tell you the name of either
Edited on Fri Mar-23-07 03:25 PM by new_beawr
One in Galesburg, IL and the other in Baltimore, MD. Both were in poor, African-American neighborhoods. Both places were Hickory Pit Barbecues.
The one in Baltimore was basically a set up a guy had in his backyard next to Pimlico racetrack. He would sell Ribs, Pulled Pork and Brisket during the Racing Season, I do not know whether he had a permit.....He would offer sauces, but I eschew sauce, if it needs sauce, it ain't great BBQ. The Dry Rub he used on the ribs was very Brown Sugary, allowing for great caramelization. The brisket was seasoned with salt and pepper only, as far as I could tell. The pulled pork was served on Potato Rolls and you could put a choice of sauce on it, it didn't need any for either flavor or moisture....This guy was an artist in Meat.
The place in Galesburg was built of cinder block, painted white, with no windows, so it was like you were eating in a garage. All I ever got there was the ribs, and they were intensely good. You could get two full racks of ribs, a loaf of Wonder Bread and a pitcher of Beer for $12.00 - this was in 1980-1983....
As far as Chains, there is a chain in North Carolina called Smithfields that has some decent pulled pork. I can also recommend Famous Dave's wholeheartedly. They have great Barbecue, and the music they play is first class Roadhouse Boogie.....
Ollie's "WORLD FAMOUS" Barbecue. That's how it was billed. Birmingham. Closed for good a few years ago. My grandfather would take me there when I was a toddler. Interesting history. Ollie McClung had a case that went to the supreme court. Practically every future attorney studies it in law school. Google "Ollie's" and "Supreme Court".
I'm fond of Texas brisket first and foremost, but sure wouldn't turn up my nose at good BBQ from KC or Memphis or NC, either.
There's a new-ish place in West Hollywood called Zeke's Smokehouse (http://www.zekessmokehouse.com) that features several styles of BBQ (all of the above I just mentioned), and it's to DIE for. I wanted to weep when I tried it for the first time last week--do you know how hard it is to find good BBQ outside the usual areas??
And their sides are even authentically good--the collard greens especially.
I was taken there by a local once. A little hole in the wall place, dirty, greasy, smoky. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Not as well known as Corky's or Rendezvous, but definitely great ribs!
I'm from Texas and have had some amazing barbq here...in Austin, Lockhart, Elgin, Giddings, Marlin, and Brownwood particularly. There are these guys at a place in Edinburg, Texas who chop barbq like the guys at Benihana...it's fun to watch. My favorite bbq joint ever in my hometown of Greenville closed a while back, but Ernie's Pit Barbq is still there and Ernie Burgers RAWK!
But...I love all barbq from any part of the country. I don't get involved in fights about which is better...I just thank all the little gods for all of it. :)
110. There are SO MANY good "hole in the wall" restaurants in Texas.
If you're ever traveling through Northeast Texas or Southeast Texas, I can give you some tips...especially if you're going to be in the Longview/Tyler area up north or the Port Arthur/Beaumont area down south.
my mom hada friend who had a farm in Aulander, NC. Once a year we'd drive down there from Connecticut to get our fill of REAL BBQ and southern bisquits. We'd get 10 or 20 pounds of the BBQ to go and freeze it for the trip home.
Best BBQ ever. If you're lucky, you'll get there on a day when they have cabrito (young goat).
Sorry, Deep Southerners, but this is BBQ the way God intended it to be. Try it and you'll be hard-pressed to go back to that pre-chewed/pour some gloppy sauce on it to give it flavor stuff you have to put up with.....
100. The Pit Bar-B-Q on Tamiami Trail, West Dade (Miami)
I remember going there since I was a kid. I have taken my kids there before too. God I miss that place. Located out in the everglades, this is the best BBQ around. They had a triple decker BBQ sandwich that was as tall as a beer can... good eating. Outdoor dining under a tiki hut is just the BOMB!... the you can go across the Trail and look at alligators in the canal...
Even David Letterman says so. QL started selling ribs out of his kitchen years ago and installed a drive-thru window on the side of his house. The menu at the end of the driveway says "Full Slab, Half Slab, Rib Tips, NO SIDES!". Absolutely the best sauce I've ever had (tomato-based, spicy, sweet) and the meat is so tender. Yum!
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