Before I get into my review of Adam's Rib Smokehouse, let me mention that I lived in Texas for two years. Texas: Home of BBQ. I've been known to drive over an hour for the sole purpose of a plate of perfect brisket, tangy pulled pork, spicy sausage and moist chicken. So I tried Adam's Rib with some trepidation, expecting to find a poor substitute for BBQ.
I was pleasantly surprised. It's certainly not the best barbeque I've ever had, but it greatly exceeded my expectations for a barbeque joint in Oregon. We both had combo plates, I had pulled pork and pork ribs, and my friend had pulled pork and brisket. The only disappointment was the brisket. I'm used to getting thick slices of smoked beef, ready to be smothered in sauce. The brisket at Adam's Rib came shredded, similar to the pulled pork. The flavor was lacking—it was a bit hard to tell what it was. The ribs I got were great. I would order them again for sure. And the pulled pork was quite good, full of flavor. I like the variety of sauces, there are 6 at the table. The spicy wasn't quite spicy enough for my taste, but it was fun tasting them all.
There are a lot of sides to choose from, I got potato salad (made fresh on site, very tasty) and coleslaw (also made on site, tasted a bit less fresh though), and it came with corn muffins that, while dry, tasted great dipped in sauce. And as a final note, I am truly thrilled to find somewhere in Salem that serves homemade sweet tea. I think I had 3 big glasses. I love southern style sweet tea, and theirs was good—not too sweet, and full of flavor.