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May 10, 2012 07:21 PM

Rack Shack Ribs

I was in Eagan this week and I tried the ribs and the slaw and a couple of the sauces at The Rack Shack. I was not thrilled. I think Big Daddy's and Ted Cook's are both better.

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  1. What can you say? Eventually, folks will realize that even at the better places, BBQ around here is a crap shoot. Go 5 times and you'll get 5 completely different experiences depending on time of day, day of the week, and so on. I've had food at Rack Shack that ranged from very good (including ribs) to vow-I-won't-return-bad. Even though I live relatively close, I rarely go there....I just don't need to gamble $15-20 like that.

    I'll give a nod to their sauces though, mainly because there are just so many of them. You can pretty much sample to your heart's content, and then mix and match to make one that suits your style.

    In the end, when I'm craving BBQ, I hit Ted Cook's at lunchtime and grab an order of rib tips. It's consistent and never disappointing. Big Daddy's does the trick too.

    4 Replies
    1. re: MSPD

      I hear you MSPD and I agree wholeheartedly. I was hoping, when I wandered into Rack Shack to catch a good one.

      1. re: JimGrinsfelder

        I was at the Rack Shack last week also – for lunch – and was disappointed as well. I had the quarter rack which had significantly more gristle this time. I thought the two previous times I visited the joint it was really good, so I’m hoping last week was just off week.

        / The side of mac and cheese was waaay overcooked.

      2. re: MSPD

        Bah, there might be a lot of sauces, but if the few I tried are any indication they are all pretty much awful. The ribs are lousy, the sides are lousy. This place is a total dud.


        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          I tried all of their sauces and there was only one that I would want to put on food.

          I was disheartened once to see them making their baked beans - open a big can of baked beans, add an ingredientt or two, stir, put into single serving containers.

          I've had their brisket at least 3 times and it has always been good. I've been thinking of going back there just for brisket.