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Re: “Jack's BarBCue

I caught the scent of delicious hickory smoke wafting through the parking lot. This was a good sign. I "checked in" on Yelp and received an offer for "1 free Hand Rub." Despite the obvious and hilarious double entendre, I declined the offer. I prefer to make my own rubs.

After a quick perusal of the menu, I decided to make my 3 Meat Combo a true cross-section of America: Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, and St. Louis pork ribs. For my two sides, I picked potato salad and mac & cheese. Their combos also come with either cornbread or toast, which is a no-brainer of a decision.

The mac & cheese was creamy and cheesy, but nothing special. The potato salad was slightly sweet, with just enough mustard to help the taste without being overpowering. Their cornbread has a flaky consistency similar to pound cake, and was equally as sweet. This was a great palate cleanser in between the side dishes and the main event.

I ended up with a leaner cut of brisket, which despite my fears was actually very tender. My slices had a dark black crust and a deep red smoke ring. The flavors were really nice, and there was plenty of smoke. It wasn't quite the Central Texas brisket I hoped for, but it was still very good.

The pork shoulder had a nice smoky hue and lots of bark mixed throughout. The meat was tender, but bordering on mushy. The bark packed the most flavor, though the rest also had a nice taste. There was a decent amount of smoke here too.

Their St. Louis ribs had a good crust and a decent smoke ring. They weren't as meaty as I would have liked, but the flavors were great. Each bite had ample smoke, although some coarse black pepper would have made the crust even better. The meat was tender, succulent, and juicy, but not falling off the bone. And yes, that's a good thing.

Surprisingly, the pulled pork shoulder was my favorite part of this meaty trio. I usually find myself unimpressed by pulled pork, but Jack's proved that any meat can be fantastic if you know how to smoke it.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/03/jacks-bar-b-que-nashville-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill

Downtown Nashville is an awesome place for live music, but surprisingly there aren't just too many barbecue joints to pick from. Jack's has a prominent place on Broadway (Nashville's main drag), and although their 'que is delicious, the line usually stretches halfway to the Cumberland River. I found Rippy's across the street and hoped it would be good, too. Fingers crossed.

Not to be outdone, Rippy's had live music going tonight. The old 90s country was actually really good. Nashville is the kind of city where it's not at all unusual to see folks two-stepping in the middle of a restaurant. All in all, this place had a really pleasant atmosphere.

I ordered a Half Portion Dinner (6 bones) of Rippy's Signature Ribs. The ribs come with two sides, so I picked potato salad and onion rings. The menu didn't specify whether the ribs were wet or dry, but I hoped for the latter.

The potato salad was nice and creamy. It had a great flavor, and I thoroughly enjoyed the crunch from the pickles, etc. I also liked that the mustard base wasn't overpowering. The onion rings looked fresh rather than frozen. They had a great batter and were fried nice and golden. This was an excellent pick for a side dish.

Much to my delight, the ribs came with a dry rub. I was able to cut them apart with minimal effort, suggesting that they were slightly overdone. They had a great smoke level, which matched perfectly with the evident smoke ring. My main issue with the ribs was the inconsistency. The first bite was fairly spicy, coupled with just a touch of sweetness. It was also decently tender. Other bites were more bland and weren't spicy at all, and the meat nearest the center was a bit dry. I was surprised to find so many differences in only seven inches of meat.

Rippy's wasn't the best barbecue I've ever had, but it was certainly passable. I'd go back for the drinks and music, although I'd likely order a burger instead.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend

http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/07/rippys-nashville-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Judge Bean's BBQ

As a native Texan, Judge Bean unsurprisingly and thankfully gravitates toward brisket rather than pulled pork. A man after my own heart. He is also apparently a descendent of the infamous Texas lawman Judge Roy Bean, which is just awesome.

Part of me was anticipating a counter-service barbecue joint, but Judge Bean's uses waitresses. As I frequently do when dining alone, I saddled up to the bar. The very friendly bartender took great care of me. In fact, everyone I encountered here was exceptionally welcoming. Clearly the staff has been instructed on the finer points of Texas charm as well as Texas 'que.

Since Judge Bean's specializes in Texas-style barbecue, and since I was feeling a little homesick, a Texas Trinity was in order. I got their 3-Meat Smokehouse Combo with brisket, ribs, and sausage, as well as potato salad and cowboy beans for my two sides. I also couldn't help tacking on a piece of their so-called Texas Sushi for good measure.

My Texas Sushi appetizer came out first. What you have here is a jalapeno stuffed with sausage and cream cheese, wrapped in brisket. It's kind of like a California roll, except for men. The brisket had a nice smoke ring and was quite tender despite being a leaner cut of meat. I found a great hit of smoke and heat in each bite, tempered nicely by the cream cheese. Good thing I had a big glass of sweet tea to cool things down. The entire thing was absolutely fantastic.

I enjoyed their mayonnaise-based potato salad, which was a nice change of pace from the mustard-based potato salads I usually find in my travels. Without the overpowering mustard flavors, I could really taste the pickles and pimento. According to the menu, the cowboy beans are "not a sleeping partners favorite," so I'll apologize in advance to my wife. The beans had a ton of flavor, and there was definitely some spiciness to them.

The brisket had a deep red smoke ring which perfectly matched the equally smoky flavor. The dark black bark was also extremely tasty. Though lean, the brisket was magnificently tender. What little fat there was had been rendered beautifully. In addition to signifying the proper cooking time/temperature, this also tells me that Judge Bean's truly cares about their product.

Barbecued sausage seems to be a rare find in Middle Tennessee, so the Czech in me was happy to see it at Judge Bean's. The casings were very crisp, with each bite "popping" in my mouth. I could really taste the smoke, which isn't always the case with sausage. This was most assuredly not made in-house, but it was still really tasty.

These ribs didn't have as much of a crust as I was expecting. I did, however, appreciate that they weren't served drowning in sauce. The meat was very tender, but sadly had no bone retention. Perhaps this was an attempt to appease local demands for "falling-off-the-bone" ribs. That being said, they had a nice smoke level and an all-around great flavor.

Next time I eat at Judge Bean's, I may just order up a dozen pieces of Texas Sushi and call it good.

Read my full review, complete with pictures:

The Barbecue Fiend
http://barbecuefiend.blogspot.com/2014/09/judge-beans-bar-b-que-brentwood-tn.html

Posted by Jared Kocurek on 09/05/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “B&C Melrose BBQ

I'm a huge bbq lover and B&C is without a doubt the best in the area. The location makes picking up very fast and easy, it also has a good sized dining area to eat in. The Brisket is out of this world!! Definitely a must try BBQ joint

Posted by beardRed on 02/28/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Peg Leg Porker

This place is awesome, great food and a real deal Memphis style BBQ joint that is a welcome relief to the oft copied rough hewn lumber and galvanized tin style of so many others.

Posted by Bowl for the Cat on 10/07/2013 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Cantrell's Bar-B-Que

Caution!!! Do not go!! This place is filthy (roaches on the floor), the food was under cooked, and they tried to over charge me. Very shady. Would never go back.

Posted by Taranashville on 08/10/2013 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Neely's Bar-B-Que

When I saw our ribs coming out of the microwave I knew we were in trouble

Posted by Ray Dionne on 07/12/2013 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill

BEST BBQ!! We love this place. We drive from Toney AL to eat at this place.

Posted by sherri on 10/08/2012 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Mary's Old Fashioned Pit Barbecue

We bought groupons and started off with the fish sandwiches and bbq. The fish was dried out and chewy and the bbq was far from fall of the bone. I was not impressed with the building itself but sometimes you get those "hole in the walls" and usually the food is pretty good. In this case the food was bad and so was the customer service. I will never buy another groupon for this place or personally support them.

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Posted by Shaza Norton on 08/27/2012 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill

Not sure which BBQ place the other reviewer went to but it definitely wasn't rippy's... Service was horrible, I felt like I was imposing on the staff to ask for a refill on my flat soda. I had to drink soda because the beer they brought me was warm. Ribs were dried out and a big let down considering they boast to have the best in Nashville. I never write negative reviews but had to on this one. Open for other suggestions!

Posted by Starski on 08/13/2012 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Mary's Old Fashioned Pit Barbecue

Got a groupon for this place.... got bbq plate w/ beans and slaw... my beans had a hair them....right from the start. Slaw wasn't all that good either. It was hot in the dining room, and the tables felt greasy to the touch, and it smelled dirty in there too. Not mention this place is in the GHETTO !!

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Posted by Robvaugh777@gmail.com on 05/18/2012 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Stone House Q [Closed]

I have only been here once, but man was it good! The meat was so tender, the mac and cheese was to die for, and the employees were very friendly! I can't wait to go back!!

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Posted by Brittney Testerman on 02/15/2012 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Stone House Q [Closed]

Get there while it's hot and before it's gone and it'll be the best smoked and pulled pork you have ever had in Nashville. I don't know how they do it, but they do it well.

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Posted by scarletswitchit on 01/23/2012 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Stone House Q [Closed]

Wow!! Best BBQ I have ever had. The pulled pork was perfectly smoked and tender, the coleslaw of a flawless consistency and the corn light bread a wonderful compliment to the food. My husband got the ribs and swears he'll never go anywhere else for a better execution AND DEAL; the mess O'greens so delicious you wouldn't know you were eating healthy! With Happy Hour prices that you can't beat offered all day, we will return whenever we crave some southern barbecue DONE RIGHT and cheap cold one to wash it all down :)

Stone House Q puts Hog Heaven, Jacks, Calhouns, Jim N' Nicks, Whitts, and Famous Daves COMBINED to shame! Thanks for becoming a new favorite!

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Posted by cj21 on 12/10/2011 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Hog Heaven

This is my favorite BBQ place! They have everything you could ever want and the most amazing BBQ sauces. If you haven't been there, you need to check it out!

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Posted by Brittney Testerman on 12/05/2011 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Mary's Old Fashioned Pit Barbecue

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Posted by anomous on 10/20/2011 at 2:06 AM

Re: “South Street Original Crab Shack, Smokehouse And Treehouse Oyster Bar

@Lee "My father ordered a steak..well-done." A true sign that you should stick to eating at home.

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Posted by Stevo on 09/19/2011 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Rooster's Texas Style BBQ

I love BBQ and I've tried most every place around here. This is not far from my office (Music Row), so we have gone there a few times for work.

First, if you don't know, Rooster is the guy that owns it (you'll usually see him walking around), and his brother is the one that owned Judge Beans (and has since sold it to some other guys, so the two no longer have a formal business relationship). The menu is similar to JB's in some respects (I get the brisket and chicken wraps at both places), but different in others. JB's clearly took the recipes and dishes and tinkered with it a bit. I like Rooster's brisket and chicken, but I'm shocked that they don't have pulled pork. Maybe it's a Texas thing. But, most of the main dishes are very tasty. I'm not a fan of their style of fries - very thick cut (I prefer thin and crispy instead of thick and soggy), but to each his own. I love the onion straws, really tasty.

The service has been up and down when we've been there. The staff is always friendly, but the food has not always been timely. The last two times our group has gone there for lunch, our orders have taken around/at least 30 minutes to come out, no exaggeration. In one case we had afternoon meetings and told them we would have to leave if it didn't get there soon, which it did. But, then this happened the next time we went. Anything past 10 minutes is stretching it, and this went way over the line. But, other times the food has come out in plenty of time.

I would love to try their steaks, but they are WAY too expensive for a BBQ place that is serving steaks. Or maybe my expectations are too low. If I'm going to drop $30 on a dinner entree, I expect a real plate (not styrofoam) and real utensils (maybe they give you metal ones with the steaks, I don't know, but most times you just get plastic). Maybe it's good, but I haven't gotten brave enough to risk wasting the money.

If I were going to change anything about the place I'd make the service more consistent, add pulled pork to the menu, and make their fries smaller/crisper.

Posted by WoodsIsATroll on 08/01/2011 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Jack's Bar-B-Que

When big Al is cookin' you can't find better ribs anywhere!

Posted by dweinchick on 02/10/2011 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Mary's Old Fashioned Pit Barbecue

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Posted by aewing4212 on 12/19/2010 at 6:40 AM

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