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Jan 16, 2010 07:49 AM

Baby Blues BBQ? (SF)

Baby Blues BBQ in San Francisco seems to be only mentioned a few times here, and I found no real reports on the barbecue. Has anyone eaten their barbecue?

Baby Blues BBQ
3149 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

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  1. Have you looked at this thread:

    There's a lot of "real" reports about their barbecue, including, ahem, a long entry by moi...

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    1. re: Thomas Nash

      Thanks, Thomas, I had seen that thread but found it so long and mostly uninformative that I didn't get to your post about actually eating their barbecue. After reading your posts and the few others who ate there I'm certainly not going to rush to that out-of-the-way (to me) place.

      Has anyone been there since that thread (last post in March 2009)?

      1. re: Mick Ruthven

        I'm not a BBQ purist -- and I live in the area. We've eaten there once and my wife had surprisingly good bbq shrimp. I had the beef rib, which is an uncut short rib. And couple of beers.

        Would I leave my neighborhood to go there? Probably not. We picked it out of our other options because we found a parking place nearby. But it served quite well for us.

    2. BB is the best BBQ I've found in the city. Bear in mind I am from Texas so I define brisket (sauce on the side) and sausage. And Shiner Bock on tap!! The banana pudding is some of the best I've had as well .

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      1. re: Baron Lane

        >BB is the best BBQ I've found in the city<

        Have you been to Memphis Minnie's and compared it to BB?

        1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

          I like BB better than Memphis Minnie's. The beef rib is pretty good, similar to the one served at T-Rex in Berk. I'm not a huge fan of MM, but I'm not a huge fan of BB either. I know this probably doesn't help much, but if you really love BBQ, you're going to be best off just smoking it at home yourself. Just for fun and experimentation I through some mesquite chunks in my tandoor and made a couple of racks of baby backs in it last weekend and they came out surprisingly well. Really tender and smoky in just 1 hr and 10 min. They had a funky caramelization like you get when do rotisserie ribs. Came out better than most BBQ restaurant ribs.

          On a side note for BBQ enthusiasts out there, I recently tried the newly opened Dickeys BBQ in PLeasanton and was pretty disappointed. The meat did not have a very smokey flavor and there was no bark on the outside of the meat. I later came to find that they use a "high pressure" smoking method that supposedly allows them to finish meat that would typically cook for 12-18 hours in 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

          For the best BBQ you gotta grab a Steven Raichlein BBQ cookbook and DIY.

          Has anyone tried the BBQ from Town Hall? Are the even still doing it?


          Town Hall Restaurant
          342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

          1. re: Aman M.

            Yeah, Dickeys BBQ is a chain that ain't doin' so hot in places that actually have good BBQ (like North Carolina).

            Among good book to pick up for DIY is "Holy Smoke" by John Shelton Reed - it covers all types of NC-style bbq, the history behind it, and great traditions and sides to have with your smoking experience.

      2. I like Baby Blues BBQ the most in the city. Runner-up is Armadillo Willy's chain. I think I like them because they're closer to Texas bbq.
        So far, I haven't liked the Memphis style.

        One's opinion really depends on one's BBQ ideal preference -- Memphis, Texas, Kansas, your father's, Korean, etc.

        Baby Blues BBQ
        3149 Mission St, San Francisco, CA