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Best BBQ?

We’ve been to a lot of cities so far, and it’s funny how many people in these cities claim that they are:
– The buckle of the Bible belt
– The least churched city in America
– The city with the most witch covens per capita
– The city with the best Bar-B-Que
Well, we don’t know about the first three, but we’re doing our best to determine the truth about the fourth. Yesterday we stopped at Dreamland, a spot that was frequented by Mark two decades ago. It was good, not great. I liked the sauce, but the meat was sub-par. Doug gave high marks to The Joint in New Orleans, and I liked Gates in Kansas City.
We’ll update you on the BBQ in the coming few days.

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Charlie McGlynn

posted July 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Will you pick me up some good BBQ sauce while you are in the South. Keep on rolling dudes, you will all change the world!

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David Lewicki

posted July 27, 2008 at 3:46 pm

New York is undergoing a renaissance of slow-cooked meats.
If you are serious about this, we will adjourn to Hill Country after the show, a few blocks’ walk from the church.
Hill Country, like almost everyone else in this city, is transplanted from somewhere else. But it’s durn tasty.
BTW, New York is lots of things, but it ain’t none of those first three.
Looking forward to your swing through the Apple.

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posted July 27, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Now that sounds like an idea, but not one I would trust three midwesterners to. (Does Mark call it “Tri tip” now that he’s displaced to the left coast?)
BBQ is all about the sauce – Tomato based with a little sweetness and a nice kick to it. Not generally done well outside of Texas (what we folks call “the buckle of the bible belt.”)
If you reschedule Austin, may I suggest going hungry for most of the day and gorging yourselves at County Line an hour or two before show time?
(David- D’ya think that a BBQ place in NYC called “Hill Country” might be a little Austin influenced?)

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posted July 28, 2008 at 5:47 pm

So glad you guys found Gates. I buy a bottle of the original sauce to bring back here every time I’m out there.

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posted July 28, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Try Blue Smoke for good BBQ in NYC.
116 E. 27th St. b/w Park and Lex
Bring your appetite. Portions are big.

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posted July 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm

forgot one,
city with teh most churches per capita
city pop: 60,000
church count: over 350
do the math, and trust me everyone here DOES NOT go to a sunday service
Rocky Mount, NC… got to love it
By the way, look forward to seeing you guys tonight

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posted July 31, 2008 at 11:42 am

Hope you can reschedule the C B Roadshow through Austin/Central Texas for a lot of reasons. One is the world-class BBQ tour through Taylor, Elgin, Bastrop, Lockhart, and Luling (among others close by). You may need to take a mini-sabbatical rest stop. Maybe all the cohorts in the area (Austin, San Antonio, Houston) can “meat” in the middle, deep in the heart of Texas and share emergent table conversations. Burnt Carni-Locavores Unite!

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Andy B.

posted August 2, 2008 at 11:53 am

Yum! Gates!

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posted August 4, 2008 at 2:42 am

Was in Pasadena, CA for last years Rose Bowl game and was directed to Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ in Pasadena. Could smell the smoke while turning into their lot. Sublime Baby Back Ribs, Rib Tips & huge meaty Beef Ribs were amongst the best I’ve ever had. What was really a suprize though were 2 sides served. The Wild Maine Blueberry cornbread was incredible, unlike any cornbread I’ve ever had. It had a crumble top that was sweet and buttery and was a perfect change from the norm. The Blue Cheese Pecan cole slaw also was unique in that it was crunchy, tart yet absolutely delicious. Best BBQ outside of Central Texas and Kansas City by far.

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