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Bobby Q’s owner answers some Qs about his new BBQ joint–BarQ in Stamford. It’s Q-riffic.

9 Feb

Imagine this, but smaller…

Update: BarQ B.B.Q. is open and here’s our review!  

It’s about to get a little saucy up in this joint.  Bob LeRose, the BBQ genius behind Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ & Grill in Westport and the Blues, Views, & BBQ festival, is fixin’ to bring some more flavor to Downtown Stamford.  He’ll be opening BarQ B.B.Q. where Hula Hanks used to be along with the help of Post Road Entertainment (Black Bear Saloon, 84 Park, and Wicked Wolf Tavern).  I had a chance to talk with Bob and we’ve got lots to share with you.  Namely how we think BarQ will be a game changer and will open the world of BBQ to more people than ever.

BarQ will introduce 10-15 “bar snacks” that are BBQ influenced.  So, you could mosey on down to the bar, order some snacks, and drink the night away.  You can expect lots of great drinks and more of a social kind of vibe here, so it’ll be perfect to meet up with some friends, go out on a date, or just hang out.

But, what about the BBQ?  Oh, my smoke loving friends, let me tell you why BarQ will rock your world.  BBQ dishes will be served a la carte, so you’ll be able to get smaller portions of your favorites such as pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken.  Also, you’ll be able to mix and match as many sides as you’d like to your heart’s content.  So, just want a snack sized BBQ portion of some of Bob’s awesome brisket?  Go ahead and order it!  Feeling a bit oinky?  Do it up with lots of bbq plates and sides.  BarQ has you covered whatever appetite you walk in with.

“We’ll introduce more people to the world of BBQ,” Bob told me, “they won’t feel as overwhelmed.”  Oh yes, imagine the possibilities.

Can’t wait for them to open?  Want a sample of what to expect?  Check them out at Taste of Stamford on 2/16/12.

BarQ B.B.Q.

261 Main Street

Stamford, CT 06901

Blues, Views, BBQ and Hardcore BBQ Judging.

16 Oct

This was our first year checking out the 4th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival in Westport, but it won’t be our last.  So much fun, so much food, so much music.  A BBQ fungasm, if you will. Um, yeah.

Judges Kristien and Danny

If you’ve been following along at home, you remember that we were judges for the BBQ cooking competition portion of this awesome event, so now we’re here to share all the juicy (and sometimes dry) details.  We met early Saturday to go over rules and were totally intimidated by a tent full of KCBS official judges in their official KCBS shirts. No kidding, the Kansas City Barbeque Society people don’t mess around. We had to sit through 20 minutes of instructions and rules, then take a oath. Yep, an oath. Hardcore, yo!  So we were let loose to enjoy the festival for a few hours then we meet up for business at our judging tables.  Oh, and both of us had to be separated according to the KCBS rules so that we wouldn’t influence each other’s votes. Can’t make this stuff up!

Dis is how we judge and stuff

We got to try four delicious courses:  chicken, ribs, chef’s choice, and dessert.  First we had to vote based solely on appearance.  There was some beautiful looking food and some that didn’t look too good.  We then placed our food on paper placemats.  When we all had our food (3-4 depending on the luck of the draw), we tried the food and rated it.  Only until we were all done could we talk.  Yeah, serious stuff, but you can understand why…BBQ is serious business!

Poor Kristien seemed to get most of the bad food (raw chicken and two overcooked salmon dishes), while I feasted on mostly good food, especially the desserts like the delicious apple crisp grilled in a tiny pan, picture above.  But good and bad BBQ aside, we definitely plan on heading to Norwalk during spring to become official KCBS judges so that we can judge a greater amount of competitions and look all hardcore too. Why not?

CTbites Cooking Demos

Judy Roll, of the awesome Tabouli Grill, prepares her lamb dish

As I mentioned, we had plenty of time before we judged to check out the festival and, of course, CTbites stand.  We met Matt Storch from Match in Norwalk who cook up a killer Bánh mì and, as we found out, happens to enjoy OmNomCT! (Cool!) We told him we’d check out Match soon and we’re stickin’ to that.  We also saw the awesome Judy Roll from Tabouli Grill cook up a killer lamb burger slider.  Seriously, killer stuff.  The last chef we got to check out was Helton DaSilva from Barcelona in Fairfield.  He cooked up a thinly cut steak with a salty and herby sauce, similar to a chimmichuri.  Divine, baby.

Pig Races

With names such as Jerry Swinefeld, Snoop Hoggy Hog, and Sarah Jessice Porker, who could keep their eyes away from the racing pigs?  Our team won, of course! We were so proud of the little porkers.  In fact, they were so cute that we felt super guilty eating pork when we had to head back to the judge’s tent.  Aww. :(

Beer and Music

There was a little tent sent up where you could purchase beer from Magic Hat or Sierra Nevada.  We got some brews, listened to some blues coming from the Levitt Pavillion and just chilled.  Right nearby were some fun little vendors, so we looked around and of course Kristien bought a little sunttin sunttin.

Soda

One of the coolest things was a little soda cart called Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co.  If you bought one of their metal mugs, you could fill it up over and over for the entire time you were at the festival.  Sweet deal.  They had lots of fun flavors, too, like Rocky Mountain Root Beer (in diet too), Buck’n Birch Beer, Sarsaparilla Six Shooter, Vintage Vanilla Cream, Gatling GunGrape, and Outlaw Orange.  We didn’t get to try drink because we were worried about not having any room for the judging.  You can buy their suds online as well as catch them at countless festivals.

We felt like major hogs by the end of the day, but that’s okay.  It’s just part of being professionally-amateur food bloggers.  Yup, it’s a hard life.  Special thanks to Bob Le Rose for allowing us to be judges and for putting Blues, Views & BBQ together.  Long live Bobby Q’s!

Epic Battle: OmNomCT vs. The Pitmaster Platter. Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ & Grill – Westport, CT

22 Sep

And your host tonight will be Clyde!

Ever in search of awesome BBQ, we’ve been thrilled and let down in some way at all the BBQ spots that we’ve been to.  One spot has good ribs, but everything else is “meh.”  One place has great sides, but the meat is just okay.  To date, our top spot nearby has been Q in Port Chester, NY–a former haunt of ours back in the day when we lived in Rye Brook, but we’re always on the search for BBQ utopia.  So, when we were at the Italian Center in Stamford for a charity event earlier this year and heard about another BBQ champ, Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ & Grill, we knew we had to get there asap. I know, I know, it might have taken us five months, but we finally got there.

First, when you walk in, you realize how freaking cool this place is.  There’s a walkway leading you to BBQ heaven with Clyde, a giant hanging pig, beckoning you forward.  You can go upstairs to their beer garden and patio where there’s live music or go straight ahead to the restaurant.  You definitely get that cool, down home, BBQ-kinda vibe going on here.

There was a bit of a wait, but what do you expect when Bobby Q’s gets awards, year after year? Well, it was worth the wait.  The menu is really huge and can be overwhelming if you don’t have any ideas in your head about what you want.  You’ve got classic BBQ items, grilled specialties, salads, sandwiches, wraps and of course a plethora of sides.

Not really sure what to order, I decided I’d try everything and go for the gold:  The Pitmaster Platter challenge.  If you finish pulled pork, brisket, smoked turkey, two bbq sausage links, St. Louis ribs, and two sides you’ll get bragging rights and a t-shirt.  In my head I had visions of victory, of taking down the food and of making Adam Richman proud.  Yeah, well, um.  Here’s a recap of what we ate and what we thought.

Jalapeño stingers

Baked (that’s right, not fried) Jalapeños stuffed with BBQ sausage, onions, secret seasonings, pepper jack, and cream cheese.  Kristien couldn’t get enough of the cream cheesiness mixed with the soft, slightly spicy pepper and nice chunks of sausage. She loved the lightness of it compared to the typical fried kind. She declared all “poppers” should be baked, not fried.

The Pitmaster Challenge, in all its glory!

Pulled pork

The pulled pork was moist, flavorful, and just plain excellent.  I’m sheepish about getting pulled pork because I find that most joints overcook it or drown it in sauce.  Neither was the case here, though Kristien thought it was a bit dry.

Brisket

Smokey Joe’s in Stamford has always been our favorite brisket, but Bobby Q’s is now right there with it.  First of all, slathered in a vinegary tart sauce that complimented the meat well.  The brisket had that lovely pink smoke ring that imparts flavor and keeps the meat nice and juicy.  This was a real melt-in-your-mouth treat.

Smoked turkey

Not usually a favorite of ours because BBQ joints tend to dry it out.  These slices were nice and juicy and were bangin’ with smoky flavor.  Some of the best smoked turkey I’ve had.

Two bbq sausage links

Every BBQ seems to have a different kind of sausage on the menu.  Bobby Q’s is more of a kilbesa style.  The great thing about good sausage is a crispy skin, so when you bite down it makes that classic pop.  Yeah, this had it.  Good flavor, good bite.

St. Louis ribs

Kristien and I don’t usually enjoy dry rubbed ribs.  We like our saucy ribs…so saucy that you need 30 napkins just to clean off one hand.  Bobby Q’s does have you covered, though, in this case because there are three sauces at the table for you to freely use.  If you like them enough, you can buy them, too.  The ribs were cooked nicely with a beautiful pink ring surrounding the ribs.  That’s the mark of a master BBQ chef: the smoke ring.

Beans

Smoky taste with nice chunks of bacon.  This helped to cut into the meat wall that I was trying to break through.  Huh uh, I said meat wall. Good beans.

Fries

I was stuck in a tight situation.  I don’t like many typical BBQ sides (I detest coleslaw, for example), so I went with fries. They came out nice and hot and were crispy.  Nice fries that also helped me to cut into the deep flavors and protein that I was ingesting in obscene amounts.

Coleslaw

Kristien is a Coleslaw snob. Seriously, she’s ridiculously picky about it. She said this one was nice and fresh with big chunks, but she didn’t love it. Too much mayo without enough seasonings was her reason. Hey, she knows good coleslaw when she eats it.

Mac & Cheese

Kristien loved this style of Mac & Cheese because it reminded her of Kraft…super creamy & cheesy with  that down home, comfort feeling it brings you. Yep, you now know her guilty junkfood pleasure, Kraft Mac N Cheese.

The Final Results

As valiant as I fought, I could not break through the meat wall.  I surrendered in defeat, taking home scraps for the puppy.  He enjoyed Bobby Q’s also!  All around, it’s clear to see why Bobby Q’s wins award after award and is always packed.  Great food, cool atmosphere, excellent drinks, and real bbq finesse.    This might be the first time that “BBQ” and “finesse” were used next to each other, but it’s true.  Bob LeRose (owner) has also put together the awesome Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival in Westport, CT and will have food there, too.  We’ll definitely be back because I need to win that damn t-shirt and must prove myself again.  Just like when A la Diabla bested me at Pancho’s, I came back and I defeated that spicy beast.  Bobby Q’s, I’m coming back…and coming back with an empty stomach.

Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ & Grill
Noms: 4
Cost: $$
Address: 42 Main Street
Westport, CT
Phone:  (203) 454-7800
Site:  http://bobbyqsrestaurant.com
FB:  http://www.facebook.com/bobbyqsrestaurant

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