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Here are a few notes about the ‘que:
- Ribs-On my first within their first year of business, I took my family. The boys and I split a slab of wet ribs. I liked that the sauce was glazed on, instead of poured on, however, I thought the sauce was too sweet and overpowered the meat a bit. The meat was moist and tender. When I took a bite, the meat pulled easily from the bone, but only where I took my bite. On my second visit years later, I ordered dry ribs to go. The meat was moist
and fell off the bone, which would actually result in a lower score in competition bbq. The meat should pull away from the bone easily, without all of the meat falling off the bone when you take a bite. Still, many people enjoy fall-off-the-bone ribs. I enjoyed the well-seasoned, savory, crusty bark, which contrasted nicely with the succulent interior meat.
- Shoulder-Was moist and tender, but lacked any bark (crust).
- Chicken-Was very moist and tender, with delicious, savory skin.
- Ribs-On my first visit, I thought the ribs were perfectly smoked, but that the very sweet sauce overpowered the meat a bit. On my second visit, I thought the dry ribs had a very pronounced wood-smoke flavor, perhaps bordering too much. there was a slight bitterness, but I still enjoyed them.
- Shoulder-had only a very slight smoky flavor.
- Chicken-Had really nice wood-smoked flavor, which paired beautifully with the “Bama” white sauce.
Red BBQ Sauce-On my first visit was too sweet for my taste. On my second visit, I thought it was more balanced, but I didn’t ask if the recipe had been modified. I controlled the meat-to-sauce ratio on my second visit by ordering dry ribs, with sauce on the side. Eating the ribs this way, I thought the sauce complimented the meat very well. Note: It’s worth mentioning that Baby Jack’s BBQ offers a variety of sauces to appeal to various palates. I tasted them all, but didn’t note all of the nuances of each one. I focused on the house bbq sauce and the white sauce (below).
White BBQ Sauce-This northern Alabama white bbq sauce is a creamy, tangy, spicy mayonnaise-based bbq sauce designed for poultry. I’ve had Big Bob Gibson’s white sauce in Decatur, Alabama among others and I thought Baby Jack’s was quite exceptional.
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