Adam's Rib Smokehouse 2009


Enough time had passed since my disappointing meal from over a year ago at Adam's Rib. I was ready to give them another chance. N, on the other hand, had let it go quickly and heads there for a pulled pork sandwich whenever his friend N is in town. He didn't bat an eye when I suggested we eat barbecue after donating blood on Wednesday.
Something fairly big must have been happening at Roxxy's. The waiting crowd was spilling onto the sidewalks on either side of their building AND all of the State St. parking was filled. We drove around the block, found an empty spot and spied CCTV unloading equipment behind Roxxy's.

Once we were inside and checking out the menu over the order counter, we quickly forgot any curiosity we may have had about the goings on next door. We had barbecue on our minds.
We both decided on the smoked tri tip with side of coleslaw and garlic mashers. N chose the corn muffin and I picked the Texas toast. We were happily surprised to see Pale Horse Stout as a possible beer choice - we both ordered a bottle.

{sigh} I'm so glad I did decide to give them another try. Definitely the carnivore's delight I needed after giving away a pint of my red blood cells! The tri tip (with hardly any visible fat) was tender, juicy with a just right, smooth smoked flavor. It really didn't need the addition of any of their 6 barbecue sauce choices, but that's part of the fun in my book. The coleslaw was crisp, with a light coating of dressing and the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. My garlic mashers were hot and seasoned generously with garlic and just enough soft bits of potato to guarantee you were eating the real thing. The Texas toast was heavy with toasted cheese and butter - decadent and tasty.
The chilled bottle of Pale Horse Stout was a good accompaniment to our dinners. It's very similar to Black Butte Porter, but with a slightly different finish. And how cool is it to sip a Salem beer? :>)
The next time N gets a hankering for barbecue out, I won't be rolling my eyes and sighing. I'll race him to the door for some more of that carnivore's delight.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I went in there a couple of weeks ago to order some pork ribs. I was told they where out. How do you run out of pork ribs? I have had mixed results in the past with the quality of the food. Sometimes it was great and other times no so much.

lavachickie said...

I've been jonesing for some bbq... I think we'll give them a go. Mmmmm. Meat gluttony.

Jenna said...

@Anonymous - You run out if you only smoke a set amount for the day. BBQ is no good reheated or left over. Good BBQ places know this, and would rather run out than serve leftovers.

Vegan's Nightmare said...

One of the ways I identify a good BBQ joint is if they have a sign that says, "...or until we run out." You know they cook them daily that way.

K&N, I'm glad you decided to give them another try. In my opinion, their tri-tip is the BEST thing on the menu. BUT, don't overlook their hush-puppies! They're the best I've ever had!

I've been a passionate customer of Adams' since they were on Market St., and aside from one or two less than average meals, I've been carniverously satisfied with every visit.

KandN said...

VN, I was wracking this old brain trying to remember which sides I've heard recommended in the past. Hushpuppies, eh? I used to love the bacony green beans at Smokin Swine.

Anonymous said...

Jenna - it was on a Monday at 4 in the afternoon. Shouldn't they have planned for dinner. I agree with VN but they didn't have a sign.

Chuck Bradley said...

Had lunch here today with my first wife. (Actually, my only wife, but it always gets her goat when I say that. ;~D) OK Ribs. Good Burger. Outstanding Red Beans and Rice. Excellent Hush Puppies. Unremarkable Slaw. Musty tasting Corn Bread. The place was dirty. Recommend Smokin' Swine Food Trailer on Silverton RD, KarnaVor Gourmet BBQ Food Truck (location varies) or Duffy's Hanger on McGilchrist for Que.

Anonymous said...

Chuck, you may have to revise your recommendations. The Smokin' Swine Food Trailer is for sale, the Karnavor Truck has been sold, and I did not see the smoker in front of Duffy's Hanger last time I went by.

Chuck Bradley said...

Anon- This is not good news! Thanks for bringing us all up to speed all the same.

KandN said...

Anon and Chuck, I understand that Ken of Smokin' Swine is testing the waters to see if anyone is interested, but that he's still in business at the moment.
Karnavor may have sold his truck, but he's still very much in the BBQ business. He's decided to go with a different option that makes it possible to bring food to different venues. Keep your eyes and ears open. Check out his FB page to stay up on his plans and whereabouts.

Anonymous said...

KandN, Just checked out their FB. Maybe Ken should do what Karnavor is doing - selling food at places that don't serve great eats. Just a thought.