Yankee Smokehouse in Ossipee, NH?
I've driven by this place with it's huge, smiling pig sign a few times in the past, and I'm going to be passing through again in a couple weeks right around lunchtime.
That pig is just calling to me... "Eat me! Eat me!" and I love good barbecue--but I'm skeptical (mostly because of an unfair bias against New Hanpshire, probably).
Worth a stop?
I guess it depends on what you're used to.
If you're the type of person who will drive an hour or two out of your way in some rural, southern (pick your own) state for BBQ this place is not going to cut it for you. It's going to seem mediocre and you will be disappointed. In this regard, I'm in Msample's camp of "keep your expectations low".
If you just like to have a nice cup of beans, some smoked sausage on a roll, a couple of beers, a burger, etc., this place is more than adequate.
If you do go, please report back on your findings
I say yes, love their chili too. But I'm in love with great bbq now in Manchester (City Flames Smokehouse) so I'm foggy as to how the ribs, pulled pork, etc. are at Yankee and how they compare. It does pull a nice crowd and you won't find much bbq around so do it and tell us, needs an updated opinion. They usually win the chili contest in the Lakes Region.
Based on someone whose opinion I've grown to trust, I would keep my expectations low :
Like Lexpatti, I have become a fan of City Flame . Depending on where you are, Goody Coles Smokehouse , right of 101 at exit 5, is worth a visit as well.
I guess it all depends on taste. I've eaten BBQ all over the country in over 100 places. While Yankee Smokehouse doesn't compare to some of the little hole-in-the-wall places in the deep south, for us Northerners, it ain't half bad. And I've been going there for over 20 years.
They have the meatiest (is that a word?) spare ribs I've ever had. And yes, you DO have to gnaw at them a bit. But that's the way I like them. And until pigtrip's review, I've never heard anyone say anything bad about their beans. The brisket is so-so, the pulled pork (which is actually thin sliced) is my wife's (a southerner) favorite.
BBQ is a matter of taste. Many years ago, I went out to Chicago and a bunch of friends took me to a rib joint which they all swear was the greatest ever (and I've heard the same from other Chicagoans). I have since forgotten the name of this place but in my opinion, the ribs were just horrible! It was like eating semi-commercial barbeque sauce flavored strained baby food. It tasted as if the meat had been boiled for a couple hours before they put them on the grill/smoker. UGH!
So, give Yankee Smokehouse a chance. There's nowhere else up in that area to eat and you certainly won't go away hungry. BTW: In the summer, it is impossible to get in after 5 PM.