While we intended to visit more places today, we kept it to two. That was more than enough BBQ, so tonight we'll do something opposite of BBQ (Suggestions are welcome).
Point Brisket (7 out of 10), flat brisket (5 out of 10), pork ribs (8 out of 10), beef rib (8.5 out of 10), Sausage (5 out of 10), and Cheesy Squash (8 out of 10)
So I was snapping this pic of his wood and John zipped past and photobombed the shot. John stops and looks at me and asks "Do I come in your backyard and take pictures?" I respond and say "nope". He then asked "You know I have a reputation to be a d#@* right?" I said "That's what I heard but I don't want to believe it sir!" He emphatically responded "well you better f&^*ing believe it." He paused for a second, then said "i'm just messing with you, go right ahead". =))
John was back there, but he wasn't too approachable, so we didn't really talk much after that. I thanked him for a great meal and he said he appreciated us coming out.
I thanked the staff and snapped a pic of some beef ribs John just dropped off.
All in all, it was a great visit and I'll definitely return to John's backyard. I think it's probably better to come after noon or 1pm as it will be more popping with folk music and hipsters.
Our next stop was to La Barbecue
. We arrived at around 11:05am and there was about a 25 minute wait. John Lewis is the pitmaster here and for those of you that don't know, he was Franklin BBQ's Pit Boss and the trailer and B&M before they parted ways in 2012. Folk music was going and the free Lone Star was flowing into all the hipsters.
I get up to the window and John Lewis is cutting, which I love! There is nothing better than a pitmaster serving his own product, as I believe they take more pride in what they serve you. "Can I have please 3 slices of point, and 1 slice of flat?" John says "Oh, you know how to order" (that was his point but probably not verbatim to deserve a quote) and smirked at me. I asked him about some of his activity at another BBQ site while I ordered the rest of my grub.
Point Brisket (9 out of 10), Flat brisket (10 out of 10), Beef Rib (10 out of 10), Sausage (8 out of 10), Pork Ribs (5 out of 10), Turkey (8 out of 10) and baked beans (8 out of 10)
Best freaking flat i've had in my life!
After we were done, John was at his pit and I told him that the point and beef ribs were exactly what I expected, but I was most impressed with how much he nailed his flat. He smiled and thanked me. We got to talking about his rub and he asked me "would you like some rub to take home?" I said "HELL YEAH, I would LOVE some rub!!" He came back and hooked me up with a generous portion of rub. He then showed me some briskets ( I was so in awe, I didn't take a pic even though I had my camera in my damn hand) in his pit for tomorrow, and we chatted BBQ for about 30 freaking minutes. What an amazing experience and I learned a ton of information after a wonderful meal. Definitely lived up to his reputation as being an awesome dude!
Some sausage he pulled off as we were talking.
Right before I left, he was relaxed and I saw a perfect photo opportunity, so of course I asked to snap a pic of him. :)
More pics to come tomorrow after we visit Franklin BBQ.
Just a hack that makes some shitty BBQ...