Saturday turned out to be Sunny and brisk, and the group went in all diferent directions for the days activities.
Some headed to Florida, others turned west to Mississippi. Still others explored Mobile. Everyone reported having a fine time.
The three of us, Al, Janet, and Anne headed west to Biloxi, MS to fins some nice beaches and check out the MS coast. We decided to make a stop at "THE SHED"
one of the newer BBQ places that has drawn A lot of attention from the various Food and Travel Media channels. It is ramshackle place spread over a large area, with live music every weekend and a wide assortment of fine beers. Casual is 'way-overstating' the ambience at this place. The weak part of the whole business is the BBQ. It simply was not much good
. Super-soaked in a heavy sweet sauce, with little or not smoke to the flavor, It didn't come close to matching many of the other places the Glee Club has visited over the years...AND Especially the Brick Pit, our evening dinner location.
So here is the Shed, looking like an ideal BBQ stop...but lacking any quality to its product. We bought a $30 sampler platter to share...but left a lot of it on the table.
After the day-trip and a brief stop at the hotel before dinner, we headed out to the Brick Pit for the evening session. This is one of the Best BBQ stops in the USA, folks. Bill Armbrechet, the owner, not only greeted each of us, but he offered tours of his smoking pit, and introduced us to his wife and little sweetheart of a daughter. Bill has been featured on several of the food-travel TV programs and maintains his composure thru all the hype, to be a genuine good friend of the Roadfood groups.
Here he talks about his business with Anne Peeples.
Here he is with his little girl.
As we waited for dinner, everyone seemed to relax and smile...
Ribs seemed to be the top-choice for this session.. Here is Mike S, Janet, and WJ and Sandra, all involved with "Dem Bones". The Pork proved to be outstanding...and covered the poor memories of the earlier stop in Mississippi.
We filled two ong tables with loads of fine BBQ and a lot of freindly conversation.
Lisa and MH made the annual "Oinker" award, not for "Pigging Out" as was commented on, but for the best Trip Reports for the previous year. No one was suprised when BuffetBuster (Cliff) took the trophy....although, I think I heard WJ mutter that "Next Year, That Porker s mine!!"
After that , it was time to chat a bit, and then pack up and head back to the hotel (with a stop for some ice cream on the way).
On the ride north on Sunday, we shared the road, and lunch with Mike and P P and saw Lynn at one of the rest-stops. A good finish to a fine outing.