So I spent all day shuttling around St. Louis. Five events for the boss, nary a second to spare. As far as lunch goes, the rundown, forlorn-looking bbq place across from one of our locations (B & G BBQ) looked the part but was not recommended by the folks in the know. We were left with hotel food, at the Marriott West, which was a few shades above edible.
I clearly hadn’t given up on barbeque however, and how can you, reall? So when I saw the sign for the clearly locally-operated Double J BBQ Ranch, I yanked the state-owned Lumina into the right lane and made a beeline for the smoke.
The end product, a pulled pork sandwich (served depressingly with wavy Lay’s chips), was mediocre. The meat was stringy and tough, and tasted watery – the first time I’ve encountered that in smoked meats, I must say. But, it was 4pm, so I’ll try to cut them some slack. I just won’t make it a special trip.
Which brings me to a question. Which I-70 barbeque joints don’t suck? So far, Double J seems to. Bates City BBQ sucks real hard (microwaving your ribs to warm them up for me does not engender faith). Biffles in Concordia may be even worse.
What’s a bbq-lover and I-70-frequenter to do?