Thursday, April 22, 2010

Smokey Joe's BBQ - Stamford, CT

Keary and I usually meet up for dinner about once a week.  Rather than eating the usual Chinese, Pizza, or Falafel, we decided to try Smokey Joe's BBQ.  Joe had it once and swore by it, so we decided to give it a shot. 
It used to be just a BBQ restaurant, but it has recently become the Boathouse Restaurant upstairs, and Smokey Joe's downstairs.  All of the food comes out of the same kitchen and the Boathouse menu has been expanded to include fish, burgers, salads, and daily specials. 
For my dinner I went with a rack of baby back ribs.  Unfortunately, they were out of corn bread for the night, so I went withwith a side of baked beans and corn stew.  Both sides were very good, but the ribs were the reason we were there.  They offer two types of ribs, Baby Back and Texas Style along with a variety of sides which include, in addition to the three already mentioned, spanish rice, veggies, garlic mashed potatoes, and collard greens.  They bring you a plate of 13 dry rubbed ribs piled up with a light drizzle of their house made BBQ sauce.  They have great smokey flavor and are tender.  Not fall of the bone tender, but tender enough where you get to nibble at the bones for the remaining pits of pork.  I alternated between eating them dry, dipped in the regular BBQ sauce, and dipped in the hot BBQ sauce.  I prefer them because I want to taste the pork and not just sauce.  After a while I would take the bones, dip them in save and knaw at it to get every last piece of meat as possible. 
If you are ever in the area and want some good BBQ, head to Smokey Joe's.

- Lunch Pail

Pile of Ribs

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