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Apr 30, 2009 06:30 AM

Emergency BBQ, new in San Carlos

Emergency BBQ is a catering company in San Carlos that has a lot of good comments on yelp. They opened their "deli q" on Monday, April 27. I went there for lunch yesterday and they had their smoker operating outside and links and tri-tip available inside. Soon to come are ribs, brisket, and pulled pork on some to-be-determined schedule. I had the tri-tip sandwich, $7.50 including one side and a drink form the cooler. The owner strongly recommended the beans as a side and they were probably the best baked beans I've ever had. The tri-tip was very good, first marinated and then "rubbed" and a very generous serving. The sourdough roll I chose didn't work well (too much bread and too thick) but they're going to soon have a soft roll option. These people are serious about their barbecue and I look forward to trying their ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. Until then, the tri-tip is very much worth going there for. In case you're wondering, I'm not a fan of links at bbq places so almost never order them.

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Emergency BBQ
765 Old County Road, San Carlos, CA

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  1. They've also been providing the bbq on the night that Devil Canyon Brewery Beer Friday.

    A note from their website ... hours are M-F From 10 AM-4PM.

    1. I went back today for lunch and they also had ribs and turkey breast (smoked in their smoker). I had the rib lunch special, $8.50 for two meaty ribs, a side (again, the great beans) and their own corn muffin (very good). The ribs were quite good, needed to be chewed off the bone (in my opinion a good thing), had been cooked/smoked with a marinade and rub and needed no extra sauce. They always have links and tri-tip; the other things will vary from day to day. Give it a try; it's the real thing.

      1. How is the eating experience? Traditional bbq outdoor or indoor casual-verging-on-gross or nice?

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        1. re: rccola

          Indoor, not gross at all. Seems clean (to my non-critical eye), a bit spartan, friendly staff. I think only one table (for two) and a counter with stools. They do a lot of take-out.

        2. The owner is Jeremy Sowers, and he is also the brewer for Jack's in Fremont (at the Hub). Have enjoyed his beers there for a while (I live in Fremont), and I remember his BBQ as being pretty good from several years ago at a Celebrator Beer Magazine event at Trumer Pils Brewery in Berkeley. Am looking forward to paying a visit to new Q place. Thanks for the heads up Mick!