The big Stagecoach BBQ Cook Off is ending today so I decided to give some barbecue some attention.
My first stop was the Rib Ticklers, who actually won the Western Rib Showdown yesterday and were crowned grand champions.
Obviously, I had to try the pork ribs.
And good choice. The ribs were super tender, like fall off the bone tender, and were cooked to perfection. It had a spicy rub on it that was only improved by trying some of their sauce. And it was a nice sized portion, so good times.
It's no wonder why they won.
Next up was Here's the Rub and their beef ribs.
At the booth they said they were the only people selling beef ribs at the event.
Let me just say first that the sauce was great. It was thick and tasted wonderful. And the rib was a good sized one. For $2 it was a good deal.
Now on the downside. The rib was not really tender. It took a little work to get the meat off the bone, but a little work never killed anyone.
And for the only beef ribs around, it might be worth the effort.
Rancho Rocke Barbeque from Orange County was next on my list. I chose the chicken this time to break the streak of ribs in my Stagecoach barbecue diet.
Wow, talk about spicy. The seasoning was spicy and I put a lot of sauce on and it was spicy and tangy. I am a mild guy so my mouth and lips were burning.
I'm not saying it was bad. The chicken was cooked well and tasted great. Sometimes spicy things are good.
And last was All Sauced Up BBQ Team with their pulled pork.
I choice to not add any sauce to this one and boy was that the right choice. If tenderness had a peak level of perfection then this pulled pork would be it.
It was seasoned nicely. It was just right to where you could taste a hint of it, but it wasn't overpowering.
They had a great tag line too: "Don't be a dork, try our pork!"
- Timothy Guy