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May 4, 2009 07:17 AM

Indianapolis BBQ

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  1. My favorite is GT Souths (5711 E 71st St) - their pulled pork is great. I also like their baby back ribs - though some say they are too dry. Skip the sides though, they're school cafeteria quality.

    King's Ribs at 5610 Georgetown Rd is also very good - their ribs are more of a St Louis (imho) style - a bit fattier. Great sauce too.

    Let us know what you find!

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    1. re: Cookiefiend

      I agree GT South's has the best pulled pork in town. My favorite for ribs these days is Judge's on West Michigan Street -- really big meaty bats with great smoke flavor. Good sides (corn pudding) as well. The only problem is their inconvenient hours: Friday is the only day they're open past 4:00 (they're there til 8) and not open at all on Saturdays or Sundays (!!)

    2. Come on down to Bloomington and eat at the newly-opened Fatman's over on the west side of town, right off of 37. Pulled pork is excellent, and the ribs are fantastic. They have a good selection of house-made sides. Note that they are closed on Sundays.

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      1. re: pikawicca

        I have a few question re Fatman's-
        If I wanted to eat lunch there on a Saturday, how many tables are crowded might it be? Note that this will be in July sometime.
        And second-just so I can understand your general BBQ concepts-if you could have BBQ anywhere, where would it be? I find BBQ to be a more complex issue than religion or politics. My favorite baby backs would be 17th St Bar and Grill in Murphysboro Il...favorite pulled pork from Ubon, Yazoo Ms (though I'll admit never actually having been there-I've had it at a BBQ fest.)

        1. re: David W

          A Saturday in July should be no problem -- this is a college town, and things really slow down in the summer. My favorite 'cue is North Carolina. vinegar-based sauce. I have to travel quite a distance to get it. Fatman's is KC style, with perhaps a hint of Texas in the background. In KC, I prefer Gates.

          1. re: pikawicca

            Thanks for the reply-I'm putting it on my list of places to try to get to when we visit.