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  • David Parrish
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    Charlotte - Sauceman's

    I went here with a couple of friends/neighbors a few weeks back and wow was I underwhelmed. I had a massive plate of ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and brisket. I'd give everything 3 stars. I was very surprised as this place is legendary around these parts, they've got piles of wood outside the restaurant (which they use), and they are very well respected in the competition circuit. In fact, they were packing their trailer just outside the restaurant getting ready for a competition while we were eating. I felt like walking over there and telling them they needed to spend more time in the kitchen and less time polishing their trophies.

    http://www.saucemans.com/home/saucemans-home.php
  • Jerod Broussard
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    #2
    They must save all the duck fat for Pit Masters.

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    • Marauderer
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      #3
      I think that your cook game has elevated to the point that restaurants just don't get it anymore. BBQ Shacks still surprise me occasionally but most times when I eat out for Q I have to get home and get something out of the fridge to get the taste out of my mind.

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      • David Parrish
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        #4
        Originally posted by Marauderer View Post
        I think that your cook game has elevated to the point that restaurants just don't get it anymore. BBQ Shacks still surprise me occasionally but most times when I eat out for Q I have to get home and get something out of the fridge to get the taste out of my mind.

        Barry you've got a good point there. I've given a few BBQ places a good review, but more often than not nowadays I'm underwhelmed.

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        • Huskee
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          #5
          I remember being underwhelmed before I even got into home Q. I think BBQ would have an even bigger following if restaurants did it right. I will say Ruby Tuesday's ribs, although not home smoked obviously, are good. I like their sauce.

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          • Jerod Broussard
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            #6
            I think due to the cooking times it takes to prepare good Q', it isn't always practical to get it "backyard right." Unless you have sauce that hits the taste buds just right.

            That is why I eat seafood and fish when I dine out. It is a treat since I don't cook it much, and it can be enjoyed more easily than the Q'.
            Last edited by Jerod Broussard; September 17th, 2014, 04:24 PM.

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            • smarkley
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              • Jul 2014
              • 1429

              #7
              I found that too...Q' places around here are just bleh... not worth wasting time or money on. Although there is this guy with a grill and a smoker in a parking lot across town kind of like a permanent roach coach, I might check him out sometime, ya never know!

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              • Huskee
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                #8
                Originally posted by Jerod Broussard View Post
                I think due to the cooking times it takes to prepare good Q', it isn't always practical to get it "backyard right." Unless you have sauce that hits the taste buds just right.

                That is why I eat seafood and fish when I dine out. It is a treat since I don't cook it much, and it can be enjoyed more easily than the Q'.
                Totally agree Jerod. I will occasionally get a steak, depending where we go, but it's usually a seafood or a nice pasta dish when we got out. Something I don't really care to or have the chance to cook at home.

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                • Huskee
                  Pit Boss/Manager
                  • May 2014
                  • 14242
                  • central MI, USA
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                    • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
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                    • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

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                    • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
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                    • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
                    • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
                    • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
                    • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
                    • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
                    • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

                    About me
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                    Location: Farwell, Michigan- near Clare. (dead center of lower peninsula)

                    Occupation:
                    • Healthcare- Licensed & Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for MidMichigan Health, a University of Michigan Health System.

                  #9
                  Originally posted by smarkley View Post
                  I found that too...Q' places around here are just bleh... not worth wasting time or money on. Although there is this guy with a grill and a smoker in a parking lot across town kind of like a permanent roach coach, I might check him out sometime, ya never know!
                  I always wanted to do that kind of thing...but here in MI the fees are ridiculous to even do that- $199 inspection every 14 days (that's $400/mo in inspection fees alone). With the price of meat, and that overhead, and insurance, and dumpster...I couldn't sell ribs to cover my costs unless I charged $30/rack, if even that covered it in the end.

                  But those are the guys that make the best stuff. Small batches with lots of TLC, assuming he uses correct info and techniques.

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                  • Chuck T
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                    • Dec 2015
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                    • Greenwood, Indiana
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                    #10
                    ABCBBQ Dave , was browsing and came across your review. I was at Sauceman's back in November '16 and had the same underwhelming impression. My wife's entire family is from Charlotte and they too hail Sauceman's as being one of the best. I had a sampler plate with brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, beans, and slaw. The brisket was sliced too thin and under cooked. Flavor wasn't bad, but it wasn't BRISKET. I am from the triad (Kernersville) and have grown up around good BBQ being right next door to Lexington. The pulled pork at Sauceman's was one of the most disappointing tray's of BBQ I've had. It was dry and stringy. I almost shed a tear after it being talked up so much!

                    On the bright side, the smoked sausage was delish. Now, I've not been to the land of beef yet, so I can't say it's comparable to TX smoked sausage.

                    Also, I'm inclined to agree that it's getting harder and harder to find BBQ joints that impress me...such a shame!

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                    • Willy
                      Charter Member
                      • Apr 2015
                      • 1772
                      • High Desert of the Great Southwest

                      #11
                      I'm on the side of those who think that those of us who can do good Q, steaks and such have found out that most places just don't cut it. I think especially as regards Q, the hard work necessary to have it "fresh" just goes past most Q places. Hiring good, reliable help is also a tough thing to do.

                      A BBQ place recently opened up in a nearby town, so we went to try it. The pulled pork was almost indistinguishable from the brisket and both were so "moist" that it was obvious they were kept in a warmer filled with broth. The SL ribs were beyond fall off the bone and were flat out mushy. The sides we tried were decent, which again speaks to the difficulty of having large amounts of "fresh" meat. Slaw and beans keep well; pulled pork that is ready to serve on demand not so much.

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                      • David Parrish
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                        • May 2014
                        • 5038
                        • Charlotte, NC
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by charles.yates3 View Post
                        ABCBBQ Dave , was browsing and came across your review. I was at Sauceman's back in November '16 and had the same underwhelming impression. My wife's entire family is from Charlotte and they too hail Sauceman's as being one of the best. I had a sampler plate with brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, beans, and slaw. The brisket was sliced too thin and under cooked. Flavor wasn't bad, but it wasn't BRISKET. I am from the triad (Kernersville) and have grown up around good BBQ being right next door to Lexington. The pulled pork at Sauceman's was one of the most disappointing tray's of BBQ I've had. It was dry and stringy. I almost shed a tear after it being talked up so much!

                        On the bright side, the smoked sausage was delish. Now, I've not been to the land of beef yet, so I can't say it's comparable to TX smoked sausage.

                        Also, I'm inclined to agree that it's getting harder and harder to find BBQ joints that impress me...such a shame!
                        Haven't been back since my review. Good to know I wasn't missing out on anything... anything good that is.

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                        • smokinsteve
                          Charter Member
                          • Nov 2014
                          • 315

                          #13
                          Went there twice...my first and last time. It's so hard to go out and find food that is better than you can prepare yourself. The only place I really like in Charlotte is Spoon's on S. Blvd.

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                          • David Parrish
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                            Uh, Midwood?

                          • Chuck T
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                            Been to Midwood a couple times as well and am also a fan...Have either of you tried the Midwood on Johnston? Wonder if it's as good as the others.
                        • GadjetGriller
                          Club Member
                          • Dec 2015
                          • 730
                          • Lubbock tx
                          • I have 3 outdoor devices (plus a couple indoor items) Starting with the PBC, Faux Kamado Kooker,(Akorn metal Kamado) & Oklahoma Joe offset grill and smoker. I use the FireBoard WiFi Thermometer. IQ110 (heat control device for akorn) recently acquired a Char-Broil Big Easy TRU-INFRARED 3-in-1 Roaster, Smoker and Grill, I also have A Anova & Joule Sous Vide Wands and The Steakager ( a unit for Dry aging big hunks of meat!)

                          #14
                          As we all know doing Q right is a lot of work. I think places start out doing it right and then start to cut corners. There is a place here in Lubbock that use to be fantastic I thought it was better than mine. But with each visit the taste became more and more subtle. Soon it was as if it was done in an electric smoker (It wasn't I can see their smoker and all the wood) I think they just got to streamlined (they were selling out by 12:30 each day) so trying to make more to make it to 3 pm I think watered it down.

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                          • Steve R.
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                            • Jul 2016
                            • 1971
                            • Elizabethtown, KY
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                            #15
                            Learning how to make my own bbq really ruined the bbq restaurant experience for me, to be honest. And I definitely don't consider myself to be an expert pitmaster yet. I end up disappointed with 99% of what I get at the restaurants, and then the bill turns me off to the other 1%.

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                              Wife & I had a nice dinner out a week ago. We got the $90 32-oz ribeye for 2. It was completely unseasoned. The steak was tender, juicy and all that, but ZERO seasoning, I've never craved salt so bad in my life (which wasn't on the table, as is the case with most fancy steakhouses). I just can't understand why restaurants seem to fail in some way at EVERY dish I try...you're so right.

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                          The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


                          Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

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                          Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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                          The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

                          NK-22-Ck Grill

                          Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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                          G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

                          Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

                          If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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                          GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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                          GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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                          kareubequ bbq smoker

                          Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                          The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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                          Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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                          The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

                          Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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                          Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

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                          Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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                          PK 360 grill

                          Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

                          The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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                          Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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                          With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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                          Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

                          Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

                          Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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