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    You can find some great recommendations scattered throughout several threads, but I thought it would be good to have a place for reviews.

    I'm in KC tonight, and I'm hitting up Q39. Review to come.
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    My house. Best BBQ I've ever had. Better than franklins, but barely


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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    You can find some great recommendations scattered throughout several threads, but I thought it would be good to have a place for reviews.

    I'm in KC tonight, and I'm hitting up Q39. Review to come.
    What are your thoughts on San Antonio BBQ joints? I know SA isn't know for BBQ, but have you hit up any good ones? The only one I hear about that is actually quality is Two Bros, but I've never been.

    We've done Rudys (which I think is just fine, but not out of this world) and coopers in New braunfels. My favorite so far (outside of Austin and Lockhart joints) has actually been Hays County BBQ in San Marcos

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    What are your thoughts on San Antonio BBQ joints? I know SA isn't know for BBQ, but have you hit up any good ones? The only one I hear about that is actually quality is Two Bros, but I've never been.

    We've done Rudys (which I think is just fine, but not out of this world) and coopers in New braunfels. My favorite so far (outside of Austin and Lockhart joints) has actually been Hays County BBQ in San Marcos
    Never had it there because I always hit up Boudros for the prime rib. Ridiculously good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    You can find some great recommendations scattered throughout several threads, but I thought it would be good to have a place for reviews.

    I'm in KC tonight, and I'm hitting up Q39. Review to come.
    Q39 in Kansas City was awesome.

    In opened in 2014 (5 years after the "Where to Eat in KC" thread started). The service was excellent and fast. The restaurant was packed, but their layout use of modular tables allowed them to seat our party of 8 within a few minutes of checking in.

    The service was awesome, and the food came quickly.

    My son and I wanted to get a good feel for the menu, so we split a 3-meat plate. The spare ribs may have been the best ribs I've ever had. They're definitely the best restaurant spare ribs I've eaten. The rub had a nice little kick, was not overly sweet, and complimented their sauce very well. The brisket also had good flavor, good smoke, and passed the pull test with flying colors. My son and I both agreed that the pulled pork got the bronze medal. It was mixed with sauce, and the smoke flavor was gone. The baked beans were well cooked with just a touch of smoke.

    My wife got their signature dish "the Burnt End Burger," which as near as I could tell is a patty composed of roughly 1/2 sliced point and 12/ ground beef compressed to a patty. The server hyped it up, so I was pretty excited. It was good, but not great. the burnt ends were diluted by the ground beef. Their sauce goes well with the burger. Had the server not told us it was the best burger I'd ever eat, I may have a more positive review. It paled in comparison to the ribs.

    Unfortunately, my stay at the restaurant was cut short by a gnarly migraine headache that came on fast and furious, but I'd highly recommend this joint for anyone who in in KC. In my opinion, better food than Oklahoma Joe's (or whatever it's called these days). Not a knock on Joe's, it's just that these folks are the complete package: great service, awesome barbecue, with a nice atmosphere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    What are your thoughts on San Antonio BBQ joints? I know SA isn't know for BBQ, but have you hit up any good ones? The only one I hear about that is actually quality is Two Bros, but I've never been.

    We've done Rudys (which I think is just fine, but not out of this world) and coopers in New braunfels. My favorite so far (outside of Austin and Lockhart joints) has actually been Hays County BBQ in San Marcos
    I've been mostly disappointed with the barbecue so far in San Antonio. I actually think the Rudy's franchise/chains are better than the original Rudy's in Leon Springs.

    I will say that I'm a huge fan of Bill Miller's brisket tacos (just brisket and a flour tortilla), but that's the only thing I've eaten there.

    In Boerne, there's a Smokin' Mo's chain. It's hit and miss, and an old local joint called Fritze's that I want to be good, but just isn't. Probably the top place in Boerne is Texas Meat Company. It's not worth the drive over, but if you're in the area and hungry, I'd suggest it. I'd avoid the pork ribs, but They have good sauce, decent flavors, and some of the locals like some of their non-traditional meals (nachos, and a few other items).

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    May as well mention the ones I like in Northern California.

    There was a great local barbecue restaurant called Big Al's in Elk Grove, in the "rural community" area that they call Sheldon, but they went out of business. Rats. When my wife and I we were even passing that one traveling somewhere else we would either stop for a meal or get takeout to bring home.

    My favorite place is Back Forty Texas Barbecue in Shingle Springs, half-way between Folsom and Placerville. I stumbled onto it accidentally, but have gone back a bunch of times. Everything they serve is wonderful. The last time my wife and I went there on the way back from some national park or other, the whole meal we kept repeating "wow this is good". I didn't mind the 20 mile trip when I lived up that way, but it's harder to justify going 120 miles from my current home.

    I have yet to find an exceptional barbecue place around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Nelson View Post
    May as well mention the ones I like in Northern California.

    There was a great local barbecue restaurant called Big Al's in Elk Grove, in the "rural community" area that they call Sheldon, but they went out of business. Rats. When my wife and I we were even passing that one traveling somewhere else we would either stop for a meal or get takeout to bring home.

    My favorite place is Back Forty Texas Barbecue in Shingle Springs, half-way between Folsom and Placerville. I stumbled onto it accidentally, but have gone back a bunch of times. Everything they serve is wonderful. The last time my wife and I went there on the way back from some national park or other, the whole meal we kept repeating "wow this is good". I didn't mind the 20 mile trip when I lived up that way, but it's harder to justify going 120 miles from my current home.

    I have yet to find an exceptional barbecue place around here.
    I can't remember exactly where you are in NorCal. There is a Back Forty Barbecue restaraunt in Pleasant Hill 100 Coggins Dr). Not sure if it is the same, but I eat there when I visit work in the East Bay and enjoy it. I'm not a BBQ connoisseur, but it seemed really good to me.

    The other place in the East Bay I tried was Slow Hand BBQ in Pleasant Hill (1941 Oak Park Blvd). Kind of a hole--in-the-stripmall place, but I really liked it, better than Back Forty. I need to go back there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrenrut View Post
    I can't remember exactly where you are in NorCal. There is a Back Forty Barbecue restaraunt in Pleasant Hill 100 Coggins Dr). Not sure if it is the same, but I eat there when I visit work in the East Bay and enjoy it. I'm not a BBQ connoisseur, but it seemed really good to me.

    The other place in the East Bay I tried was Slow Hand BBQ in Pleasant Hill (1941 Oak Park Blvd). Kind of a hole--in-the-stripmall place, but I really liked it, better than Back Forty. I need to go back there.
    Thanks for the recommendations. Pleasant Hill isn't that far from Pleasanton. I'll have to run up there and try both of these.

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    Any Vegas BBQ recommendations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Any Vegas BBQ recommendations?
    TIG ('Til It's Gone) BBQ or Annie's Kitchen are both solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HBCoug View Post
    TIG ('Til It's Gone) BBQ or Annie's Kitchen are both solid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HBCoug View Post
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    Have you not seen my waistline? I can handle two BBQ places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Have you not seen my waistline? I can handle two BBQ places.
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    Railroad Barbecue-Dripping Springs, TX

    With a name like this, in a town called dripping springs, in the Texas Hill Country, I figured this place had to be good. When I saw a couple of cops walking out, I knew I'd found the place.

    Turns out it was pretty mediocre. I got the 2-meat combo (chicken and brisket). The 1/2 chicken was moist, well seasoned, with a good smoke flavor. The brisket was mediocre in every sense of the word. It was not dry, but it was not flavorful either. A bit of a disappointment for this part of Texas. I didn't finish the sides (beans and potato salad).

    There's a joint 1/2 mile down 290 called Pig Pen that is supposed to be solid. Next time business takes me to Austin, I'll return and report.
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    Podnah's in Portland is excellent. We had a large group and most ordered different items. Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken were all delicious. Beans and cornbread were good also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    Railroad Barbecue-Dripping Springs, TX

    With a name like this, in a town called dripping springs, in the Texas Hill Country, I figured this place had to be good. When I saw a couple of cops walking out, I knew I'd found the place.

    Turns out it was pretty mediocre. I got the 2-meat combo (chicken and brisket). The 1/2 chicken was moist, well seasoned, with a good smoke flavor. The brisket was mediocre in every sense of the word. It was not dry, but it was not flavorful either. A bit of a disappointment for this part of Texas. I didn't finish the sides (beans and potato salad).

    There's a joint 1/2 mile down 290 called Pig Pen that is supposed to be solid. Next time business takes me to Austin, I'll return and report.
    Freedman's in Austin is pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    Railroad Barbecue-Dripping Springs, TX

    With a name like this, in a town called dripping springs, in the Texas Hill Country, I figured this place had to be good. When I saw a couple of cops walking out, I knew I'd found the place.

    Turns out it was pretty mediocre. I got the 2-meat combo (chicken and brisket). The 1/2 chicken was moist, well seasoned, with a good smoke flavor. The brisket was mediocre in every sense of the word. It was not dry, but it was not flavorful either. A bit of a disappointment for this part of Texas. I didn't finish the sides (beans and potato salad).

    There's a joint 1/2 mile down 290 called Pig Pen that is supposed to be solid. Next time business takes me to Austin, I'll return and report.
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    Just hit up Two Bros BBQ Market here in San Antonio. It usually shows up on all the best BBQ lists for the area. Service was grumpy and the place was a bit dirty, but meats were good, creamed corn was good. Sauces were so so, but that's ok (they had a tangy, a mustardy which I liked best and a Shiner molasses).

    Gonna check out the other big one in SA (Big Bib) at some point.

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    If you ever head up to San Marcos, I just ate at Hays County BBQ. Their brisket was amazing. I'm not usually a huge fan of the point, but I got a nice piece of point meat that was perfection. Great bark, very moist, and well rendered. I also snagged some smoked turkey, which was good as far as smoked turkey goes, but didn't stand a chance Next to the brisket. They had two sauces. One was Rudy's sause. The other was a tangy mustard sauce. Not a fan of the mustard sauce, but honestly, not needed.

    Edit: just realized this was LiveCoug's recommendation above. Solid choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    If you ever head up to San Marcos, I just ate at Hays County BBQ. Their brisket was amazing. I'm not usually a huge fan of the point, but I got a nice piece of point meat that was perfection. Great bark, very moist, and well rendered. I also snagged some smoked turkey, which was good as far as smoked turkey goes, but didn't stand a chance Next to the brisket. They had two sauces. One was Rudy's sause. The other was a tangy mustard sauce. Not a fan of the mustard sauce, but honestly, not needed.

    Edit: just realized this was LiveCoug's recommendation above. Solid choice.

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    Franklin BBQ burned to the ground last night.

    Edit: just lost a pit. Restaurant okay.
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