With the goal of eating BBQ in all 50 states in mind, yesterday we headed to Redbones. It's a hole in the wall that's been there forever and contains interesting humans of every conceivable type - goth, prep, the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka, and run-of-the-mill boring people like us. There are about 8,000 beers and ciders on tap in this rustic-kitschy-cool joint, and I have to believe it's very popular with students. As far as the food...
Texas, you have some unexpected competition.
We had beef ribs and brisket, and while the ribs weren't anywhere close to Black's (Lockhart, TX) in beefiness and size, they were tender and flavorful. The brisket was to absolutely die for - smoky and tender, flavor out the wazoo, honestly some of the best I've ever had. But forget that because the sides stood out hard. No kidding. I had pinto beans that were simple and delicious, without the goober that most places want to dress them in. And then there was the star of the show: roasted root vegetables. Brussel sprouts, carrots, beets, and baby radishes, charred up and well seasoned - I would go back for those alone.
(Okay, that's a lie - I'd definitely have more of that brisket.)
So Redbones is our Massachusetts BBQ representative, and did its state proud. Nice job, folks!
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