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Great BBQ @ Yankee Smokehouse, Ossippee, NH

thegolferbitch Jan 29, 2007 08:19 AM

H and I had a great meal at the Yankee Smokehouse this past Saturday. The place was packed. We started by splitting an order of the Buffalo Wings. The wings were awesome--crispy and cooked to perfection. Instead of being coated in the hot sauce, it was served on the side in a bowl for dipping. We also had a cup of chunky bleu cheese dressing and the usual celery/carrot sticks. I liked the idea of being able to control the heat of the wings---the hot sauce was hot and excellent. We could have used more bleu cheese, but that was a minor point.

H had Tuckerman's Pale Ale (a local brew) with his meal, I had their own Pig's Ear Brown.
Both were great brews; mine was more bitter, which I wanted to offset the rich barbeque.
We decided to have the Smokehouse Combo Platter #1 (one of 4+ combo options for 2+ people).

On the platter were crocks of BBQ baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread, corn on the cob, a half roasted chicken, beef ribs, pork ribs, and sliced brisket and pork.

I'll start with the sides. Husband raved about the beans. They were good, hot, with an almost garlic-y tang. I prefer (French Canadian roots) my beans with about a pound of salt pork and onion shimmering in them, so I liked, but didn't love the beans. The coleslaw was a HUGE hit with us. It wasn't drippy or too mayonnaise-y. It was lightly vinegared with celery seed being the main flavor note. It consisted of cabbage, a little radicchio, celery and carrot. Really nice.

H loved the garlic bread. Yankee Smokehouse's garlic bread is actually Texas toast, very thickly sliced, buttered, and garlic powdered (I think). He used it to make a brisket sandwich and was happy. I prefer my garlic bread to be a little more rustic (Italian roots), with some nice generously poured olive oil and real garlic on Italian crusy bread. I wasn't offended, but I was disappointed.

The corn on the cob was a delightful surprise--sweet, snappy (not cooked to a pulp) but way, way way too small. The menu touted a half ear and it was more like 1/4. Corn on the cob is also available to order a la carte as a side dish. I'd do that next time.

Now for the meat.

The only disappointment on the plate was the chicken. It wasn't bad, but I wanted it to be great. The skin was not crispy and the meat texture was on the greasy side rather than juicy. The serving size was ample--this was no small bird. On a scale of one to ten, I'd give it a 5 or 6.

The standouts were the ribs. We got an incredibly generous serving of big (BIG) meaty ribs....4 pork, 4 beef. They were delightful--juicey, succulent and subtly smoky, and cooked to perfection. The sliced pork and beef were also good--tender and thinly sliced, and nestled on the platter between the chicken and ribs. To be honest, my husband beat me to most of this.

To console myself for my dearth of sliced meat, I ordered rice pudding for dessert (it was the dessert of the day). To my delight, it was plain (no raisins), creamy and delicious. The serving size was ample enough to share, but I didn't. In a huff, H ordered another Tuckerman's.

We feasted there--and we are big eaters, literally and figuratively--and the total bill for dessert, three beers, and the combo platter (from which we took home leftovers) was 41 bucks. That was the best 50 we've spent in a long, long time.

I might try to get up there again next weekend and try one of the no-chicken combos.

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    bewley Jul 5, 2008 05:52 PM

    We've tried Yankee Smokehouse twice in the past few years and I was never impressed. It's in a great location and really looks like it has a a lot of potential from the outside, but I beg to differ with anyone that calls this serious BBQ.

    It caters more to tourists on their way to North Conway or locals that have never left the state.

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      BbqSnobbery Jul 5, 2008 04:08 PM

      Respectfully disagree with everyone on this board. I just drove 40+ miles to this place and was severly disappointed. Very generic bbq. Meats were all a bit dry, fries (who serves fries with bbq?) were soggy, and all other aspects were just mediocre. Only positives were the sauce, strong bread, and a great sign.

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        GaryLovesFood Jul 5, 2008 04:29 PM

        BBQSnobbery, I'm with you. I just didn't get Yankee Smokehouse, but different strokes, you know? I liked American BBQ on one of my two visits and LOVED Holy Smokes, which sadly burned down last summer. They still do catering though.

      2. Infomaniac Jan 30, 2007 11:07 AM

        excellent review....I'm always happy after a visit to Yankee Smokehouse!!!

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          mkel34 Jan 29, 2007 01:36 PM

          I hit this place everytime I'm on my way up to Conway. Last week I had the baby back ribs with the texas toast, coleslaw, and beans. I think it was $8.99, heck of a lunch deal. I also like there coleslaw and I don't like coleslaw, reminds me of the East Coast grill's version.

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            lexpatti Jan 29, 2007 11:53 AM

            And you didn't try the chili? It's excellent, wins awards. It's my favorite in the lakes region if you've ever done the chili cook off during Bike Week (think there's about at least 20 entries). I like this place a lot too.

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              thegolferbitch Jan 30, 2007 09:52 AM

              No, and god knows I love chili. I should have had THAT for dessert. :) This weekend, maybe!

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                lexpatti Jan 30, 2007 11:13 AM

                I sometimes just grab it to go, if it just doesn't work within a meal time (for a later time). Since I'm going by and might not be for a while - might as well , right?

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                  thegolferbitch Jan 31, 2007 07:03 AM

                  I should have thought of that. I did notice that they'll do a whole smoked turkey for you with three days notice, but that might be too much for my small crew.
                  But you're right....I never think of getting a couple of things from a beloved place "to go"...maybe a quart of coleslaw, a quart of chili..."rainy day" food for later.

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                    Harp00n Jan 31, 2007 07:56 AM

                    Tgb,

                    How would you compare this with All American?

                    Harp00n

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                      thegolferbitch Jan 31, 2007 08:15 AM

                      Oh geez...It's like choosing your favorite kid. American BBQ in Rowley has the edge for sure on chicken. Their roast chicken is delish. Also, they have a larger selection of side dishes....kind of a southern slant, your sweet potatoes, your greens. I'd say for hot veggie sides, American BBQ has the edge... but for fries and slaw (and chili, according to Lexpatti), Yankee Smokehouse. I prefer Yankee smokehouse's huge meaty yummy ribs. Both places are affordable. I forget if American BBQ serves beer?.... For me, the other great ribs (which may be a blasphemy to some) are the ribs at the Texas Roadhouse in Methuen. I could eat my weight in their ribs.

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                        Harp00n Jan 31, 2007 03:53 PM

                        Yes, tgb, American has beer & wine. I just looked at Yankee's site and now I've gotta go here as well! Lol, thanks, thanks a lot :-). Are their ribs done dry, which I prefer, or wet? I work in Middleton so I guess Texas Roundhouse gets put on the itinerary too. My other new favorite is Holy Smokes deep in the Hidden Hills, btw.

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                          thegolferbitch Feb 1, 2007 05:59 AM

                          Dry, which makes them a joy (in more ways that one) to eat. I haven't been to Holy Smokes...in a converted church, right? Heard great things about that place though. I seriously have to go...it's BBQ weather (when is it not) I've been to Bub's out in Sunderland....is Holy Smokes out that way?

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                            Harp00n Feb 1, 2007 06:51 AM

                            Bub's is okay. There, virtually, wasn't any competition in the area for the longest time. Not to quote Emeril (gasp), but Holy Smokes in W. Hatfield kicks it up more than a few notches. This is a Hog Heaven. Basically from Bub's, you'd get on I-91S from 116 and it's about 10miles / 10minutes.

                            here the link;
                            http://www.holysmokesbbq.com/

            2. onlytwomuses Jan 29, 2007 10:45 AM

              Great indeed. Once on a frugal day i made a meal of their cornbread and bbq beans. Mmm.

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