New barbecue joint in Des Moines
Jim Duncan has a review of the new barbecue joint over by the capital in today's Cityview. He wasn't impressed. We have a dearth of good barbecue here and so it's too bad. Anyone eaten there or does anyone have a place they like. I was underwhelmed by Claxtons. in fact, the only ribs I really like in Des Moines are at Chef's Kitchen, where the Watermelon Barbecue sauce steals the show. (I also love the smoked prime rib.)
BBQ in Des Moines. Tough. Really Tough. This is where I differ big time with the Datebook Diner. Claxtons? Agreed, very average. Kin Folks? My God, this 3 star place servers cafeteria food. Flying Mango's best in Des Moines Brisket? A sad testament to brisket in Des Moines.
Mustards award winning ribs? Excuse this, but, Where's the pork?
Big Daddy's is back. While one of the greatest people in Des Moines, this is now, and has always been overrated. But I still miss the man.
There was a place at Cobblestone, Fat Boys maybe? Awful.
You get to a point where you just don't want to try any of them anymore.
What I can tell you is if you like brisket, Sam's Club has smoked, sliced vacuum packed brisket from Sadlers Smokehouse in Texas. Believe it or not, even reheated this is the best Brisket I have ever had in Des Moines, and I've had a lot of brisket. I like to reheat it in a pan on the grill, then bring it in when company has already arrived. They will worship your smoking prowess.
But I always tell them. Almost.
Thank Goodness for the World Pork Expo when you get to sample lots of good barbecue. I actually judged one year and took about 20 pounds of ribs, etc. home at the end of the day. One of the best days of my life. I also was kind of mystified by Big Daddy's rep. I loved his beans, though.