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Best Pulled Pork BBQ Catered!

Kathi Jun 16, 2008 10:41 AM

In anticipation of a double graduation, we tasted more BBQ than I would like to admit. Finally went with Firehouse BBQ out of Kennet Square and a guy from South Philly, Rhapsody in Blue Smoke. Rhapsody won, hands down with 50 out of 60 votes. Fireside was very good but the other place was over the top. Apparently they use only peach wood, make their own rubs, marinades and sauces. Also small butts:) Let me know if you want contact info for your next party. Very, very reasonable. Very nice to work with!
They will also be at the BBQ cook off on August 23rd at Citizens Bank Park) at the Garry Maddox/Neil Stein Barbecue Cook-off.

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    Bigley9 Jun 16, 2008 10:46 AM

    Is the "south philly guy" the chowposter who posted on your original thread and said he was part of a competitive BBQ team?

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      Kathi Jun 16, 2008 10:55 AM

      Yes. I decided to take a chance, even though I couldn't taste it before our party. And am so glad I did.

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        bluehensfan Jun 16, 2008 11:38 AM

        Thanks for posting that Firehouse was at least very good. I feel at least somewhat vindicated in that I think its pretty decent but few other chowhounders seem to like it!

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          Kathi Jun 16, 2008 02:03 PM

          Hi BlueHen,
          No, no! Firhouse was going to be our choice, we loved their 6 sauces on the side (after tasting a lot!) We just had to take a chance on Blue Rhapsody. I'm thinking of them as "boutique" BBQ:) If you love the stuff, try them for a get together..........

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            bluehensfan Jun 16, 2008 03:57 PM

            I'll keep them in mind. Too bad they don't open up a business in BBQ-free (well almost) DE.

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              qthunder Jul 6, 2010 07:03 PM

              Thanks for this info...I am trying to find a roasted pig for my 35th birthday party. Does Blue Rhapsody have a website to check out? Where is he located? I didn't see any of that info in previous post sorry! I just saw an email address. Does anyone know where I can find an uncooked pig to cook myself? Just a thought....I have a friend who has a barrell grill I can use. Thanks for your info.

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                Bigley9 Jul 9, 2010 10:52 AM

                I know Cannuli's House of Pork in Phila's Italian MArket has whole roasted pigs - they probably would sell them uncooked as well.

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                  bluehensfan Jul 9, 2010 11:07 AM

                  Hollywood Meat Market does whole pigs also... http://www.hollywoodmeatmarket.com/

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                  Gorp512 Jul 26, 2011 01:37 PM

                  Hey Q Thunder. Sorry, I just saw this. Are you still looking for a pig?

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                    Gorp512 Jul 27, 2011 12:50 PM

                    Whoops. A year late.

        2. crazyspice Jun 17, 2008 05:52 AM

          That is good to know. I got his info from your original post and I will keep it for our next event. Thanks.

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            lunc Jun 17, 2008 08:16 AM

            I would love to have the contact info for Rhapsody...thanks.

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              Bigley9 Jun 18, 2008 07:08 AM

              It is in the previous post where Kathi was looking for a caterer who did pulled pork - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/522583
              Blue Rhapsody posts as Gorp512

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              DrZibbs Jun 17, 2008 08:22 AM

              I've had two pulled pork sandwiches from Mabel's in West Chester and they're probably the best I've ever had. And their slaw is great to boot. I was talking to the owner yesterday and she said they also do catering.

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                Lola2007 Jun 18, 2008 05:49 PM

                Jimmy's BBQ based in Paoli, soon opening a restaurant in Frazer is fantastic! I have been to several events catered by Jim and everything he does is fantastic--pulled pork, ribs, chicken, brisket and he has a good selection of sides.

                His website is: http://jimmysbarbecue.com/default.aspx

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                  lizbien Jul 14, 2008 06:37 AM

                  Thanks to your thread Kathi I tried Rhapsody in Blue Smoke for a party Saturday night. Delicious pulled pork (and rolls provided).

                  The 12 adults and two kids devoured it, no leftovers, with many requests for my "source". There was a tiny bit of extra sauce left and my vegetarian nephew requested it for use on his tofu.

                  The pork was flavorful and tender and as reported before..very, very reasonable. The cook is terrific to work with! Yes, he is with a BBQ team and he also judges BBQ. What an easy way to throw a party and so delicious and so many compliments.

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                    Kathi Aug 1, 2008 10:43 PM

                    So glad to hear it! I am having them again this weekend and am having a hard time keeping my fork out of the pan before tomorrow! This is a party, once a year, for foodies and I got a dispensation to use an outside vendor. I just know I'll win:)

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