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I am terribly conflicted on which BBQ sauce that I prefer. I really like vinegar and pepper BBQ sauce when paired with vinegar and pepper Carolina coleslaw.  But I’m also a big fan of Mustard BBQ sauce. Then again, the Tomato & Ketchup sauce is so traditional, but doesn’t have the heavy molasses flavor that is traditional in KC. Don’t hate me because I like it all.


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Range of the nine banded armadillo


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Methamphetamine production related sites in Europe, 2015-17

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    1. Kle, living in Arizona, I have not found good BBQ. I’m sure that there is some place in Phoenix or Tucson that does it right but that’s a long way from me. I could possible do it here at home, but that takes more motivation than I currently possess.

      1. “Little Miss Barbeque” (LMB) in Phoenix wasn’t bad. Though they ran out of brisket, selling the last they had to literally the person in front of me. The Pretty Korean Girl and I were in PHX at a medical conference. We went out for lunch. The line at LMB was a hour long. You stand next to the pits as you wait. The wind blew the smell of cooking/smoking meat onto us, so we were good and hungry by the time we got our food. PKG pronounced the barbeque “okay” based on her authority as a former Texas resident.

        The best part was returning to the conference (on preventive cardiology and public health, yet!) absolutely reeking of barbeque. Hah! Take that, you smug tofu-promoting killjoys.

        1. I’ve heard that LMB is good BBQ, but I’ve never been there. Now with your ringing endorsement, I must go there.

          I went to a BBQ joint in Gilbert with a friend from the AZ State Police that was pretty good a year or so ago. Quite good, not up to KC or Memphis standards, but good.

          1. “ringing endorsement”

            Heh. *I* liked LMB just fine, despite our brisketlessness. (You may gather from this that I like brisket.) Putting on her (figurative) Texas hat, PKG allowed it was “Pretty good, but not great. I give it a solid B by Texas standards.”

  1. One of the best things about where I live is that it’s a short drive to world class BBQ. I do prefer the KC style sauce, of course. My favorite is Gate’s Extra Hot, but then I like things on the spicy side.

    1. KC does have some great BBQ. Unfortunately it’s a three day drive (for me to get there for supper), and then a three day drive home. While I like BBQ a lot, that’s sort of a bridge too far.

  2. LL,

    You might want to try Arron Franklin’s espresso Sauce recipe. One of the best I’ve ever tasted
    1½ cups ketchup
    ½ cup white vinegar
    ½ apple cider vinegar
    ¼ dark soy sauce
    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    ¼ packed brown sugar
    3 tablespoons of fresh espresso
    (optional) drippings from freshly smoked barbecue
    Add the ketchup, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and brown sugar to a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally to bring all ingredients together.
    While the sauce comes to a simmer, brew espresso.
    Stir to combine, and allow to cool. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

  3. Bonehead’s BBQ in Willis MI is mighty fine, mighty fine.
    Quite the menu.
    I’ve had family in from out of state on various occasions go with us and them leaving raving about it.
    Particularly the family platter.

  4. I’ve heard some decent things about ‘Grumpy Jakes’ in Lakeside…haven’t made it in yet but I’ve driven by when they had the BBQ/smoker fired up and it did smell awfully good. Lunch is on me if you ever make it over this way.

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