Monday, August 9, 2010
Best BBQ in Nashville and Four Meals with Pork. In a Row.
Spicy Food Guy and Great Guy Colleague of Spicy Food Guy (GGCSFG) had a full rack of ribs.
As a side.
After BBQ we went out for ice cream. Spicy Food Guy had two dips of Tennessee Fudge in a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cone. It was that kind of trip. But Spicy Food Guy digresses.
As usual, for reasons best left unknown to the American public, Spicy Food Guy was out and about in the world; this time in Nashville, Tennessee.
The trip didn't begin as a BBQ orgy, but decadence has a way of gathering momentum. This is especially true when the decadence has to do with ribs, pulled pork, bacon, and Texas sausage. But Spicy Food Guy is getting ahead of himself again.
The origin of the BBQ binge took place at the Brookwood Farms North Carolina BBQ Pit at the Charlotte airport early in the afternoon. During his layover, SFG happily knocked off a pulled pork sandwich with slaw and vinegar based BBQ sauce, baked beans, and a bottle of Budweiser. Pretty sane BBQ consumption at this particular point in the trip.
Then the party went to Nashville and a couple of locals recommended Jacks BarBQue as the undisputed favorite among true BBQ enthusiasts. Jacks has won two or three zillion awards, including "Best BBQ Sauce on the Planet" in 2004. After tasting all eight or so homemade sauces that Jacks serves on premises, SFG agrees that the sauce is heavily competitive in planetary circles, and it's even in the realm of possibility that when the aliens land, they will want to go to Jacks. But Spicy Food Guy digresses again.
SFG and GGCSFG went to Jacks with several other Food Enthusiast Colleagues of Spicy Food Guy (FECSFG). The food at Jack's is served cafeteria style, and the line is long. Orders must be placed quickly.
Spicy Food Guy decided on the three meat platter. $13. Really. SFG picked the pork shoulder, ribs, and Texas sausage. SFG also stuck with slaw and baked beans as tried and true BBQ sides. However, because only two or three ribs came with the three meat platter, Spicy Food Guy fretted that there would be a rib shortage at the table. That's when SFG and GGCSFG decided on the full rack of ribs as a side dish strategy. Brilliant.
So this was Spicy Food Guy's tray -- 3 meat platter with beans, slaw, and bread. A plate with a full rack of ribs. Eight little plastic cups of every BBQ sauce that Jacks served. And two beers. Now this may sound a little over the top, but keep in mind SFG shared the ribs with GGCSFG.
The BBQ was fabulous. The Texas sausage was packed with garlic, paprika, and juicy pork fat. The ribs were tender with a great char and smoke ring. The pulled pork was obviously smoked for hours and hours and had that pit-master smoky signature.
After dinner, SFG and FECSFG waddled over to the Whiskey Bent Saloon (of course it was called the Whiskey Bent Saloon, complete with an up and coming country music singer, and our table was made out of a real wagon wheel. Really). After digesting dinner and listening to music, SFG and FECSFG decided to head off to an old fashioned corner shop called Mike's Ice Cream Fountain. That's where the Tennessee Fudge ice cream in a chocolate chip cookie cone moment occurred. And yes, it was as tasty as it sounds. Creamy. Big ol' chunks of chocolate fudge. A cookie cone that tasted like, well, a cookie.
Spicy Food Guy knows what you are thinking; "Surely it ended there, SFG, surely you didn't eat again for many, many days".
It's called breakfast and it took place the next morning. Spicy Food Guy selected the Waffle House. Best breakfast at the Waffle House? The Breakfast All-Star Special. A waffle. Two eggs. Three strips of bacon. Hash browns (Spicy Food Guy had his hash browns "smothered and covered", that is, grilled with onions and topped with a slice of processed American cheese. Generally the best hash browns on the planet). Toast. Coffee. SFG added orange juice. A stick-to-your-ribs breakfast.
Ate every bite. The force is strong in Spicy Food Guy, and the midichlorians were hungry.
And maybe, perhaps, that would have ended the pork orgy. But Spicy Food Guy had to fly back through the Charlotte airport. Hit the BBQ Pit on the flip side. Pulled pork again, slaw again, beans again.
And then, and only then, did Spicy Food Guy decide he was full.
Totally true story. Peace out, BBQ fans. I am one of you.
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