The Orange Mound Grill is a small, but long established soul food “house” right in an Orange Mound neighborhood with neighbors on either side and simple barrel pits in a fenced-in backyard. The house is positioned right next to the underside of an overpass viaduct and literally underneath a giant billboard. The elderly lady behind the counter controlling her TV with a book sized remote stood next to a long list of soul food dishes on a handwritten menu. Corn bread, greens, yams, cobblers and the like were offered, but I was there for the smoked rib tips.
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Here are a few notes about the ‘que:
- Rib Tips-Were sloppy tender and lacked bark. I suspected parboiled meat. Parboiling is a technique used by amateurs in an attempt to get the meat tender.
- Rib Tips-Lacked smoke flavor and the meat was also bland. It’s exactly what happens to meat that’s been parboiled. It loses much of its natural meaty juices to the broth. Parboiling (boiling the meat before placing it in the pit) is a technique used by amateurs in an attempt to get the meat tender.
Sauce-Was a sticky sweet sauce that overpowered the flavor of the rib tips.