Here it is – the final round of the 2013 Bar-B-Quest Championship! This is for all the marbles. We ate at C.G. Hooks Eatery in White Bear Lake yesterday to make sure we have the closest head-to-head comparison of ribs possible. Here’s who Q Fanatic had to beat to get into the championship round: Mr. Pig Stuff, Ted Cook’s (#2 seed), Rudolph’s, and Baldy’s (#1 seed in the Western division). Again, an impressive list of BBQ and I’m sure there are a few names you’ll recognize on that list.
After eating at 20 rib places in the Twin Cities Metro, we are going to determine who serves the best BBQ ribs in the Twin Cities. I apologize to the winners for not having any sort of cash prizes, but knowing they did an incredible job will hopefully be enough. (Who knows, maybe we’ll whip up a trophy of some sort, just for the heck of it…)
Baked Beans – Incredible. I love their baked beans and the huge chunks of meat in them. Again, I want them spicier for some reason, but it doesn’t matter, they’re the best I’ve had for years. Definitely, the best of the Bar-B-Quest.
Cole Slaw – Simple and straight forward (this time, a little on the vinegar-y side), but when eaten with the ribs, they’re even better. Cooling flavors mixed with spicy ribs are always a winning combination.
Mac and Cheese – The best mac and cheese on the Bar-B-Quest. Made with real cheese and not come packaged stuff. We love this stuff and always end up fighting over it – that’s why we got the double order.
So….. who is going to win the 2012 Bar-B-Quest challenge of the Twin Cities???!!! It was a really tough decision, to be honest. But I’ll post the winner soon. Again, here’s the bracket we’ve been dealing with over the past 16 months or so…