Six days later the lure of burnt ends, as their Daily Beast offering, drew myself and a bunch of those people you see in the line in the pic to give them a lunch time try.
The line was actually shorter when I arrived but you can see that by 11:45 the place was really starting to fill up fast. When I sat down all the tables along the walls were full but I was alone at the community table. By the time my food arrived the community table was full also.
I heard a lot of people around me raving about the food but I was trying to keep my expectations on the down low after my initial visit. So I tuned them out as much as I could and focused on being the most objective, two-bit, wanna-be, hack blogger I could possible be.
The pulled pork was close to pulled pork but was right on the verge of being folded, spindled, and mutilated. It was however close enough to what I consider to be pulled pork that I let it slide. The flavor was pretty good with just a slight hint of smokiness. The texture of the pulled pork wasn't bad but was just starting to get a little mushy.
Overall I liked it and would eat it again. I also tried a little of the Mustard sauce I had enjoyed on the ribs during my first visit on the pulled pork but I didn't like it with the pulled pork. The pork was good enough on it's own it really didn't need any help in the flavor department. So I thought the Mustard sauce just became a distraction.
On the plus side it made for a tasty sandwich on the white bread they provided with my meal. I think the bread helped tone down the sauce and improved the texture of the beef.
I don't know.... Someone correct me if I'm wrong but....... Pork belly should..... never.... ever.... shred like it has in that picture above..... I mean come on.... That belly is on the verge of being pork jerky! They might as well have tossed it in the deep frier and made a chicharon de lonja out of it!
At least then I might have enjoyed it because I can't drive by a Mexican market without stopping in to get me a nice big piece of fried until crispy, tasty, pork belly....... But I digress.... This was not good pork belly. So please forgive me for a moment while I shed a tear for this hog.
Ok, I'm back and have regained my composure.
I thought the sides I went with were pretty good. The potato salad is a chunky, mayo based, type salad and went a long way in helping me choke down the bites of <sniffle> ...... pork jerky. It wasn't overly sauced. Which is how I prefer it.
The fried onions and jalapenos were really tasty and if you can handle the heat of a jalapeno I recommend them.
Overall I still think Back Door BBQ has some potential to turn out some solid Q-raunt style Q and even despite what they did to that poor poor pork belly. The Q is not terrible. It's also, in my opinion, nothing exceptional either.
I'll eat there again because it's close to where I work but at this point in time it's not going to be a regular stop for me.