Podnah’s Pit BBQ
1469 NE Prescott Street
Yesterday, I wrote about Slabtown Ribs and Barbeque and how I left slightly disappointed. So, for dinner, I thought… Should I give another BBQ place a chance? Hey, why not! So, yeah, a vegan/vegetarian nightmare!!! Huahahahaha! OK, enough taunting… I had more than one place in mind: Russell Street Barbeque and Podnah’s Bit BBQ. I ended up choosing the later because, well, given my affinity for holes in the wall, I thought this might be a place I would like more.
Getting there was a bit of a strange drive. In fact, it wasn’t near a major street but somewhat inside residential areas. As a result, I though I was going the wrong way, not to mention, when I finally got to the correct area, I had to circle around. I simply couldn’t find it! Anyway, when I finally found it and walked in, I was given the options to sit anywhere. I was so tempted to sit outside but, given there was a larger party behind me, I ended up inside in a table for 2. Hey, I am not such a jackass and horde those large tables for the sake of better light, you know!
I initially read in their menu they have Boylan soda but when I said “diet Coke or Pepsi”, I wasn’t expecting they would serve this. It was quite interesting, I must say. I was almost like drinking sugar cane juice. Oh, notice the small jar? Yup, rather than serving you a glass and refill as you go, how about just give you a jar and a glass and, when you are (about) done with the jar, refill the jar instead? Efficiency in my mind, I will have to say!
Here is a challenge of mine. Since I am usually dining by myself, there is only that much I can eat and, at the same time, it might be unfair if I try only one dish (or, in a BBQ place, only one meat). Yeah, I admit it but, as I say a lot of times, if it isn’t good (enough?), don’t serve it! So, I ended up ordering the two meats option and, for kicks, I added some ribs (their special of the day, that night). Yup, that was A LOT OF MEAT!!!!
First the sides. Given all the meat I have been (and would be) eating, this is my token side of greens. Though, of course, a bit more on the side of “yellowish, almost brown” greens. Yup, here is collard greens. It was slightly bitter but something I like. What was more interesting was the random pieces of bacon in it! Yup, I indeed liked it, hehehe. However, as mentioned, if you are used to not so bitter vegetables, this might not have been for you.
Beans, yup, more beans! I know a lot of people might think twice about eating so much but, again, I grew up eating this so I am used to it. Similar to the collard greens, it had some random pieces of meat which, as usual, it is good. Now, depending on you like yours, there wasn’t that much sweetness (think molasses added); in fact, it was almost on the soup-y side. Furthermore, it was chalkier than the ones I had earlier in Slabtown. I won’t list it as an issue because, again, I am used to it.
And, of course, some corn bread. I will have to say these were quite good! It had some pieces of corn kernels baked in and, in the argument of all cornmeal vs. flour + cornmeal, it felt they used all cornmeal, which resulted in a crumblier cornbread. It would have been better had they baked in bacon or something like that but, hey…
The brisket. It is quite obvious that the brisket here is different from the one I had in Slabtown. On one side, it wasn’t as pink and there is a more noticeable smoke ring. Depending on how you like yours, these were average. In fact, if I had to do a more direct comparison with the one from Slabtown, these were slightly overcooked and somewhat on the bland side. So, alas, there were no overall winners in the brisket department… >_<
Pulled pork and one of the ribs. First, the ribs: these were NOT in the falling off the bones category… However, that was because of the membrane on the back was still holding it together. But, you know what? I didn’t care about that fact because it was really tender and smoke-y. Almost pure pork goodness! Some of the side sauces (in the squirting bottle) did add some different dimension but those weren’t really necessary. By itself, it was good.
As for the pulled pork… Ah, it was a thing of beauty, pure pork goodness. It was still juicy and, once again, similar to the rib, it had its hint of smoke-y taste. In fact, the pulled pork was what I finished first!
Given my bias toward pork, I guess I was “doomed” to finish it first so, from that perspective, that says a lot. The “bad” was that I had so much food that ended up packing it to go. And guess what was packed? Yeah, the brisket only. The following morning, I had that brisket as breakfast and, after they being nuked (yeah, blasfemy!), they were actually not that bad, thought slightly salty by then.
In the end, it was a bit of hit and miss – overstating the obvious, beef was the miss and pork was the hit. But, again, my bias towards it… Would I go back? Well, that might be a contention issue: given it is somewhat out of the way, I might not necessarily do so but it might also depends on the one other place I didn’t go. So, until I visit Russell, I will leave it as a question mark.