Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gayot Top 10 BBQ Joints

The magazine Gayot has compiled their list of 10 best BBQ joints in the country. Contrary to numerous other national lists, this one doesn't stick with the usual suspects. They do make two mistakes. The first is adding Montgomery Inn with their saucy parboiled ribs served on white tablecloths (no really, I like them, they just ain't barbecue). The second is choosing any BBQ outside of Texas, but then they wanted to appeal to a national audience. The only one from the Lone Star State is a worthy choice in City Market in Luling.
They have some other good resources including a quick guide to meat cuts, a listing of good BBQ all over the country, wine pairings for BBQ, and a worthless list from John Mariani, who is obviously a blowhard who gets his 'cue education from Frommers guides.
- BBQ Snob

1 comment:

Michael H said...

Uggghhh...The third mistake is having a crappy website and the fourth is a variable rating scale.

From their site..."Also, our rankings are relative. A 13/20 (one toque) may not be a superlative ranking for a highly acclaimed (and very expensive) restaurant, but it is quite complimentary for a small place without much culinary pretension."

So, City Market gets a rating of "Quick Bite". Whatever the hell that means...


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.