Dinner with Carrie: Pecan Penny's BBQ

Carrie and I finally made it to a BBQ spot we've been meaning to try a few blocks away from our apartment, and the weather decided to cooperate tonight. 

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I decided to try as much as I could for this review, so I ordered the "Downtown Sampler", which for $21.99 gives you generous portions of brisket, pulled pork, and a 1/4 chicken plus two sides. For my sides I chose to go for the carbs, adding hush puppies and mac & cheese.

The meat arrived unsauced but perfectly prepared, giving me the opportunity to try all five sauces on the table. The Carolina vinegar sauce was almost straight vinegar instead of  the spicy vinegar sauce I was expecting. The Memphis tomato sauce was good, but a little sweeter than I prefer. The Daddy-G, their house BBQ sauce was good but didn't have enough spice to rise above the tomatoes and brown sugar. The spicy grandpa, a spicy version of their house sauce was better at rising above the tomatoes but still wasn't great.  Surprising me was the eastern Carolina mustard sauce, which gave me everything I was looking for on all three meats.

Turning to the sides, the mac & cheese was good but not great because the cheese broke during preparation leaving clumps of cheddar and oil. The hush puppies were perfectly cooked, served light and fluffy as they should be but rarely are.

In all it was a good meal with better company, but I'm still looking for perfect BBQ in Columbus.

Oregon Brews and BBQs: Slick's Big Time BBQ

First on the list today was Slick's Big Time BBQ out if Newberg. We tried the Chef's Special, which included 2 Ribs, a Pulled Pork sandwich and 2 sides for $12.00

The ribs were juicy and tender, with a very nice bark.  They were cooked the way I would do them in the back yard, cut thick and falling off the bone.  In a competition they would be overcooked with the way the whole piece of meat came off when I tried to take a bite.  The pulled pork was tender, but I didn't care for the heavy sauce they paired with this one. It was supposed to be sweet and spicy, but the spice overwhelmed the sweet here.  The baked beans were more of a chili than a baked bean, and the slaw was good but not great.

Overall it was decent but not great BBQ, but well above average for a fair-type setting.

Quick and Easy - Boneless Ribs and Baked Beans

Wanted something quick and easy for Dinner on Friday, and boneless pork country style ribs were on sale, so quess what we had for dinner?  This was supper easy to prep, but took some oven time.  I like boneless ribs fall-apart tender, so I cook them low and slow.  I took 3 cans of GF Baked beans (yes, some of them have wheat flour to thicken them!), and poured them into a roasting pan.  I then placed 5lbs of ribs on top and baked at 325 for 3 hours.  I then covered the ribs in Stubbs BBQ sauce and returned to the oven for 30 minutes for the sauce to bake onto the ribs.  Quick, simple, and all that pork fat made it a slice of fatboy heaven!

Cooking Monday: BBQ Pie

I was trying to think of something new and easy for you guys, and came up with the idea for BBQ pie.

I took some ground beef (1 1/2 lbs.) and browned it off with onions and Worcestershire sauce.
Then I added a cup of BBQ sauce and 2 cans of Baked Beans.
I poured the mixture into a casserole dish and topped it with a mixture of 1 cup Gluten-free Bisquik, 1/2 cup milk, and an egg. I poured the biscuit mix over the top of the meat and beans and baked it at 350 for 45 minutes.

It was a big hit with the family, and I hope you all like it.