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Jan 31, 2009 10:56 PM

Que in Palm Beach County

Not having much success with good BBQ in PBC I have finally narrowed it down to Troy's in Boynton and McCray's in WPB. Any opinions out there?

Troy's Bar-Be-Que
1017 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Mccray's II Backyard Bar BQ
1521 45th St West, Palm Beach, FL

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  1. Alfred - I'm with you...haven't had much luck here either. I spent the last six years living in the Carolinas and it's been hard to get my BBQ fix down here. I haven't heard of McCray's, but I'm always up to try. I'll try and stop by this week and report back. Do you have a preferred style of BBQ?

    1. McCray's is about the only one I have not made it to in PBC. Please give me the low-down on smoke flavor, sauce, pulled pork report, ribs, sides, etc.

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      1. Pit stop #2 this weekend was McCray's. As with my visit to Flaming Pit, there was no pulled pork available so I got a weekend special of 1lb of ribs for $10 (normally $12). Ribs are chopped into smaller pieces and had a slight smokey flavor and served with toasted white bread. These ribs were a bit drier but that's how it goes when you serve food not made to order. They had a nice crusty type exterior and I planned on eating half of them and saving the rest. None of them made it past the parking lot.

        I'd say these are on par with Troy's and Flaming Pit, with the edge going to McCray's. Their sauce is your typical Florida style orange colored mixture of tomato sauce and mustard with a bit of twang from vinegar. I ordered the hot sauce and it had the right amount off heat and I was sopping up all that was left. They were also out of mac-n-chesse. The stacks of wood out front are a testament to what they serve. Next time I will try the pulled pork and brisket.

        McCray's, Troy's, and Flaming Pit are all takeout only.

        None of these places serve the heavily smoked and dry rubbed BBQ that I prefer, but all three out-smoke the local chains like Park Ave. and Shorty's.

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        1. re: freakerdude

          McCray's pork q last week was a'ight and nothing fascinating but nice and pink with a hint of smoke. A bit dry even with sauce on it and too bland. I'd stick with the ribs at this takeout only joint. BBQ beans were average and doctored up to be a bit sweet.

          1. re: freakerdude

            for the love of god, don't get the pulled pork...its like steamed, not bbqed

            1. re: gan911

              If you didn't like McCray's pulled pork, do not try the 'crock pot simmered' BBQ pork at Lucille's Bad To The Bone BBQ. You've been warned!

              1. re: freakerdude

                There is nothing I want to try at Lucille's. The food is terrible.

          2. re: freakerdude

            it sounds like McCray's might be closing due to town permit legal issues... or moving... it's not clear, but here's the News report


            McCray's Backyard BarBQ beefy sendoff

            MANGONIA PARK, Fla. -- He's known in Magonia Park for his sauce and meat falling from the bone. But now, the legendary local hot spot McCray's barbeque is being forced to pack up and leave. CBS 12's Josh Repp shows us the owner's final flame cooking sendoff to his patrons.

            Tuesday, April 24 2012, 06:46 PM EDT

          3. I tried out Red's Backwoods BBQ today in WPB on Northlake Blvd. west of Bee Line Expwy in Shoppes at Ibis. This place is almost in the middle of nowhere. They have their original location in Boca near Palmetto.

            They have a pretty large menu with different kindfs of bbq styles, mainly N. Carolina pork, Southern style BBQ chicken, and Texas beef. Lots of other options including a bbq sandwich sampler of all three and even a pulled rib meat sandwich.

            Brunswick stew, which is almost non-existant in Fla., was pretty good but needed some salt and hot sauce to kick it up. .BBQ pork is ok and it is the shredded down variety, almost mushy in texture. There is no burnt bark here. Why nobody uses bigger "pulled" pieces is beyond me. Austin's was the only place to use big, pulled, barked pieces and they did everything right. Pork Q is very lightly smoked and mixed with just a bit of N. Carolina sauce I believe. BBQ beans were just OK and they use granny smith apples in them.

            BBQ sauces are what sets this place apart. Although they don't have any that rocked my boat, they do have six options. Carolina is vinegary, Southern is tomato/mustard, Texas is dark and spicy, Memphis is dark and sweet, Hot was average heat, and the Betcha Can't Eat This Sauce was nice and spicy just as I like it with chipotle, jalapeno, and habanero.

            I always go for pulled pork to try a new place out and then hit their ribs. This place ranks better than most out there, but that's not saying too much. Overall, this place is on par with Mississippi Sweets but tRed's sauces give them the edge.

            Check em out if in the area.

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            1. re: freakerdude

              I always forget to use the CH links.

              Red's Backwoods BBQ
              10130 Northlake Blvd # 216, West Palm Beach, FL

              Red's Backwoods BBQ
              1345 W Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33486

            2. I had the best BBQ pork I've ever sampled in PB county on Sunday. Unfortunately, it was at the S. Fla. Fair that ended on Sunday. It's a place called Porky's BBQ and they only do fairs and festivals. I believe they got a PB Post write up last year when they were at the same fair. Pork was lightly smoked and had the perfect pink smoke ring, but sadly it was served with store bought Cattleman's BBQ sauce.

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              1. re: freakerdude

                Hey, FD!.....Always enjoy reading your your purse great in South Florida....Would still recommend that you go on 'Blues Hog BBQ Sauce' and buy a gallon...carry it with you.....It's dark n sweet....but it changes character depending on the temperature of the sauce.....and it has underlying heat......Top Q Masters use this stuff right out of the bottle and win titles.....I've cooked on winning teams that use this stuff.....Try it out....Blue Hog BBQ sauce....NOT the dipping sauce......I think it's $24 per gallon.....And sooner or later you might even get your own Big Green Egg.....Happy New Year to you and yours!! EMac

                1. re: freakerdude

                  Porky's BBQ at the SoFla Fair was only 'fair' this year.