Finally, LOW BBQ has re-opened and once again we have excellent BBQ in Portland. PortlandFood.org met for our February outing at LOW BBQ (in Apizza Scholls Mondays only) for their opening. Here was the run down of food (see pictures linked below):
2 lbs brisket
2 lbs pork shoulder
1 rack pork ribs
4 racks lamb ribs
5 large hot links
4 sides of potato salad
4 sides of beans
Total price per person? Less than $13 including over a 20% tip. I think everyone got full. I was trying to limit myself and still feel stuffed. I know I'm still belching up smoky goodness 4 hours later. My hands even smell like smoke. A very good sign.
I enjoyed all the meat and both the sides. In order of preference: brisket, sausage, lamb ribs, pork ribs, pork shoulder. Everything was wonderfully smoky.
I think the least smoky was the shoulder, maybe because of its size. It was also the least moist. But it was still good. My only wish is that they could consistently put a nice bark on their Q. The texture, though, was quite good. I know Rodney was a little disappointed with the brisket, wishing it was less crumbly, but it was very juicy and flavorful. The sausage was fantastic. The texture was right on and it had a nice spiciness that nevertheless didn't overwhelm the meat flavor. Apparently they're going to have Viande add more fat in the future so they can smoke them longer.
The beans were rich and smoky, stewed with smoked pork hocks from Edelweiss. It was so nice to have a potato salad not overloaded with mayo. My personal preference is for a little less sweetness, but it was a very good, simple potato salad.
They sure make it easy to evangelize their food. Still the best BBQ in Portland. I'm already looking forward to my next opportunity for their Q.
Brisket is a romantic Valentine's Day dinner, right? Maybe they could cut the sausage into hearts.
Here's a link to pictures: