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Aug 14, 2013 01:37 PM

BBQ 81

Stopped by BBQ 81 on El Cajon Blvd today after seeing their sign out. This is the kind of BBQ place I like- family-based, the place is named for the owners' father's NFL number, 81. That's be close to the limit of my understanding of football.

Owner stopped by the table to say hi- nice guy!

And I'm always eager for a new BBQ place. I agonize over my own 'Q, and it ain't bad. At least one CH will stand up and testify for me.

So. I went for lunch, had the 1/2 rack of ribs with coleslaw, beans and cornbread. I've thoughtfully uploaded an image for you.

They had a great soundtrack playing- blues and soul. Ray Charles "I Gotta Woman" and Sarah Vaughn's version of "Whatever Lola Wants". Loved listening to the music- it's a style of which I'm particularly fond.

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  1. How was the BBQ? Smoker? Style of sauce? Cornbread looks good sides meh. Sorry I was Supposed to go to my favorite BBQ place today but put it off till Thursday so I'm jonesing.

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      1. re: Fake Name

        lol at least we know Fakey enough. Perhaps you forgot to have a couple of craft beers to wash it down?

        1. re: Fake Name

          Well then, guess you better stick with your own Q. I can testify!

          1. re: Fake Name

            Ah, I see.

            This is a music store. Cool.

        2. The website is nice and straightforward. Seems family run, and serious about 'cue. Good find there, Fakey.

          1. Is that bacon on top of the ribs? looks like it. Did MR 12 partake?

            When you post about the food, it's a good thing! Now the music......well.

            1. Appears I'm once again too positive and too subtle.

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              1. re: Fake Name

                No, I don't think so...Music - 10/'Cue - 0

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  I have the highest hope for their future- maybe they'll get it sorted out.

                    1. re: cstr

                      I feel so much better when someone else can do the dirty work for me.

                      1. re: Fake Name

                        It's like you are the Emperor and DD is the Sith.

                        1. re: Dagney


                          You're good!

                          There's a good reason they call you Madame Clouseau down at the old precinct house, am I right?

                          Keep this up, you'll make Detective in no time, no time at all...

                          (this is the internet, and I wish to be clear- the above post is typed with a big smile and a chuckle)

                          1. re: Dagney

                            Whoa...since they only exist as master and apprentice I guess that means I'm VADER.

                            Bet ya'll didn't know I'm a Star Wars geek ;-)

                            1. re: DiningDiva

                              Ha! I'm glad everyone got reference. I had to explain to my partner at work the meaning of "Padawan" the other day.

                  1. So they finally have a brick & mortar location? Nice.

                    They catered a party we threw about three years ago when they only did catering. They didn't smoke the meats - only barbequed - but they did a great job on the catering. We were very happy with them, as were the guests.