ted cook's question
hey all--i'm a st. paulite and don't make it to mpls to eat very often. i've heard a lot of conflicting stuff regarding ted cook's 19th hole(best bbq in twin cities vs. over-priced average bbq). what's the real story? if good, what would you recommend?
i like lee's n dee's and rooster's in st. paul.
I'm not sure if the ethnicity of the new owners matters as much as the simple fact that it has changed ownership, period. Just saying.
I am a long-time, long-standing Ted Cook's fan but haven't been there in a few months. (Trying to cut back on the BBQ). I'll have to check it out soon and report back. I've been going there since I was a kid and I'm interested in what you've said, ianadiamond.
Remember, BBQ is SUPER subjective here up north - it seems a lot of people here just think there is one kind of "BBQ" food and don't (or don't know how) to differentiate between Deep South/Kansas City/Carolina styles of BBQ. I think there's even a Texas and Chicago style.
There *are* regional differences that do play out at BBQ places here, and a lot of folks don't seem to understand that. If someone hates Market BBQ and likes Rooster's it might not *necessarily* be because Market is "bad," it might be just because Market serves up a different regional style. Ted Cook's has sweeter, hotter sauce, which is like Deep South to me. But Lee's & Dee's does a smokier, more vinegary sauce, which is Carolina to me. Neither is better than the other - just different.
A truly bad BBQ place would have dry, flavorless meat doused in liquid smoke and horrible sides. One of my fave things about Ted Cook's is their killer corn muffins, greens, and sweet potato pie.
Dara recommends that you ask for the sauce on the side. If you do that, they are my favorite ribs in town. Interesting that they have new owners, I hadn't heard that. Also if you are coming from St. Paul note that they don't have any tables.