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another BBQ disappointment

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so i set a goal for myself to start trying a bunch of the newer local BBQ joints i have not made it to yet and todays turned out to be quite disappointing, based solely on what i ate. i chose Carolina Smoke BBQ in bothell.
one of the reasons i chose them was during my research, they picture a brisket sandwich with the meat SLICED not a chopped up mess. in my opinion, having the beef chopped is a way to try to mask less than stellar brisket (this is usally not the case with pork) so that was strike one. strikes 2 and 3 came when i bit into the meat. barely luke warm and chewy. fresh well smoked brisket should not be chewy. not juicy in the least. so i was down on this meal fast.
the most positive part of the sandwich was the roll, which they say are made especially for them. nice heft and texture and seems it would be an upgrade from most of the generic sandwich rolls most places use. the strange thing was that the bottom of the roll actually fell apart while i was trying to eat this bone dry sandwich-you put the sauce on yourself. could have been a faulty roll so i will give that a pass.
the sauces-a smoky apple butter red sauce and a honey mustard yellow sauce were above average. i am not usually a mustard based sauce guy but i did like the flavor of both of them. now if they could just take them out of the frig sooner than as they open the doors it would be better.
not much worse than putting ice cold sauce on a warm bbq sandwich. oh wait.. that's right...
potato salad was my side choice and it was institutional dreck. can not vouch for other sides but the slaw looked like it was a grocery store kit product. i did see a lot of cornbread, both plain and jalapeno, going out with meals.
may give them one more chance for dinner as they have specials during the week of both beef ribs and smoked prime rib, according to the website. see if these work out better. should be easy to do.

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  1. A couple of new ones worth a try in Ballard. Bitterroot and Boar's Nest.

    At Bitterroot, try the brisket and the pulled pork. The sauces are not very good, but the sides are excellent. A little pricey, but worth it if they are as consistent as they have been in my two visits.
    Didn't love Boar's Nest as much, but brisket had potential and the pulled pork was respectable. Much more of a quick, cheap spot though.

    1. Your experience isn't too different from me. I wrote it up a while ago:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6794...

      Too bad, really. I wanted to love this place.