Originally posted by Tony Bad
Originally posted by Scott_R
Also, based on another thread, http://www.roadfood.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5100
, I went to another BBQ place, this time in East Islip: Tennessee Jack's. I still like Smokin' Al's better, but TJ's was worth this trip, and I'll be returning.
Tell me more about Tennessee Jack's. What was good? What wasn't? I like Smokin Al's, but find their use of sauces a bit too liberal. I like a thinner sauce and less of it.
I ordered a lunch platter, which was a small quantity of ribs (4 or 5, I forget which--and they're relatively small). I don't normally eat lunch, so it was fine by me. Others might find it insufficient. One side--and they count cornbread as a side choice. I'm not used to that; every BBQ place I've been to sells it as one or two sides, PLUS cornbread. The cornbread is baked like a muffin (it even has that paper cup around it) and was just OK (a little dry). I like it cooked in a skillet so it gets that nice crust.
Dry rub is a choice, so sauce-quantity is an option. IIRC, you can get ribs without sauce at Smokin' Al's, too--had you asked them for that? I don't know if it's still basted while cooking or not and just served without ADDED sauce. At TJ's, it seems to be cooked with a dry rub, so it's truly served dry. It was a tasty rub, if a little salty. Again, that's a personal thing; I tend to use salt VERY sparingly (I never add it at the table, and go very light in cooking).
I asked for a side of sauce--their hot sauce. I like food so spicy that it can't be served on metal plates, else it will eat its way through. So by my standards, it wasn't hot at all. But it had a nice little snap; more importantly, I don't like sweet and sticky BBQ sauce, and this wasn't.
BTW, found their website: http://www.tennesseejacksbbq.com/
So far, in order, I'd rank the local BBQ places:
Smokin' Al's, Tennessee Jack's, Poppa Rick's. Now, they're close rankings, and I've been to SA's more than I've been to the other two combined, so the comparison isn't quite fair.