First off, this is just me venting...
I've posted several times how disappointed I've been with my brisket. In my opinion, it's never been spot on.
I'm here in Charlotte, N.C., which is not known for brisket but pulled pork.
So, over the weekend, my better half and I went to a BBQ joint, that's listed as a "top restaurant." On t.v. cooking show's, I've heard this particular restaurant mentioned and I've read great reviews about it. It's actually listed within the Charlotte top 25 restaurants. Friday night, due to all of the yuppies, we waited nearly 45 minutes for a table. The menu listed burned ends for $15.99 and the waitress boasted about how great they are. I ordered it along with a side of mac & cheese and baked beans.
My mouth was watering for some authentic Q and sides.
15 minutes later, I got a plate that looked like s..t. There were about 10 cubes of huge burned ends, loaded with fat and heavily basted in what tasted like worcestershire and a tomato based sauce. It wasn't horrible but it was completely far from great. The love of my life took a bite and made the nastiness facial expression. Then asked me, if this is what my passion is all about. The mac & cheese and baked beans were absolutely horrible--without a doubt, the worst I've every had in my 39 years.
Quite honestly, the burned ends were so bad that I couldn't finish the plate. It amazes me that people are willing to pay good money for crap. Then, I realized, in my opinion, the average person doesn't really know what good BBQ should taste like. This place was written up in numerous magazines and as a result has a great reputation of authentic BBQ; however, in what I perceived as my many flaws, my product will kick the crap out of this commercialized product.
My point for this long post is, any one can make BBQ; however, not everyone can make good BBQ. There are a lot of newbies on here who ask a lot of questions, that's good. This forum is a great resource to learn how to perfect your product. I'm now of the opinion that the average weekend, backyard BBQ'er with a few years of experience and a membership to this forum can embarrass the commercial guy.
I really think that due to the resurgence of the popularity of BBQ, folks have gotten away from the basics of what makes BBQ great. They're more interested in doing fast cooking and covering up with sauce and false advertisements of what good BBQ is all about.
Anyway, I'm off of the soapbox...