Rancho to Go BBQ in Orange
- Porthos Nov 11, 2012 02:04 PM
Great stuff. In addition to the brisket for the dish of the month, snagged some of the pastrami which was a special of the day. That pastrami is outstanding.
All the meats were good by themselves and even better with the sauce. I'm typically a dry rub kind of guy but the smoked meats and this sweet BBQ sauce went very nicely.
-Brisket. Moist. Well trimmed. Thick slabs delicious by itself and with sauce.
-Pastrami. Knockout good. 1-lb disappeared in no time. Nothing needed.
-Chicken. Even the breast was moist and flavorful.
-Smoked sausage. An entire log of sausage. Fatty, delicious, flavorful. Leftovers good the next day with soft tomato scramble.
-Pulled pork. Like silk. Very flavorful. Also delicious by itself and outstanding with sauce
-Ribs. Tender, smoked, and also nice with a touch of that sauce.
I'm still thinking about that pastrami...
Per truck operator (and common sense, and reading comprehension), Rancho A Go Go is related to Rancho to Go BBQ. Per my tongue, the truck's food is blech.
Tasteless pulled pork, zilch smoke. Brisket was a bit better, but I didn't know to ask for it sliced, and it came out chopped. Neither had much bark but both were well trimmed, nearly tender, with brisket being juicier. Both needed the rather sweet sauce (texture/taste says commercial, and it was served out of a industrial-sized pump bottle) just to go down. Couldn't eat more than a couple of ounces of each before giving up. No pastrami nor ribs available.
Then again, this is just the truck, and for $8, they served up just about pound of 'cue. Apparently, and unsurprisingly, the restaurant is far better?
Stopped back today for the tri tip (Harris Ranch) and the baby back ribs.
Both excellent. Tri tip had good black pepper flavor but not overwhelming the natural sweetness of the beef. The ribs were fall off the bone tender and succulent. Even better than the first time.