Vermont: Whetstone Station: Cider Spiced Ribs

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Happy New Year! For the first review of 2016, I’ve decided to go out of state and talk about a delicious serving of Cider Spiced Ribs from the Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro Vermont. But first, a little bit about the location.

Whetstone Station is an absolutely wonderful establishment in Brattleboro that sits on the water and has a warm and friendly vibe; and along with having great entrees and deserts, their appetizers are some of the best around.

While I unfortunately don’t have any pictures, I can easily recommend their Grilled Sirloin Tips, Pub Pretzel (served with outstanding beer cheese sauce), and their Spinach and Artichoke Dip (served with pita chips). If you get to order any of these, I also suggest trying their sauce sampler, as it is indescribably good.

They also have a great selection of local and homemade beers to choose from, so if thats your thing, you will be quite happy; but now, on to the main course:

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Smothered in sauce, these ribs are near perfection. The BBQ sauce is sweet, with a semi hot (but not overpowering) cider spice. You could really taste the base flavors of the cider in the sauce, which was a great differentiation from so many other BBQ sauces that various restaurants use.

It was also garnished and plated quite well, but as good as the sauce is, the meat is a game changer as it literally falls right off the bone:

 

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These are the kinds of ribs that you need a fork to eat with, because there is no way you are picking them up without the meat falling back to your plate. Tender and juicy, the meat mixes in with, and soaks up the sauce so that every bite is imbued with massive flavor.

I highly recommend seeking out this restaurant and dish the next time you are in Vermont or are within driving distance of it; as both are too good to not try at least once in your life. As for me, I hope to make it back to Whetstone sometime this year, and see what else the have waiting for me to try.

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Holy Smoke: Trash Rib Teasers

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For my second visit to Mahopac’s Holy Smoke BBQ, I ordered an appetizer of Trash Rib Teasers, and a main course of their Fried Buttermilk Chicken. This review will focus on the ribs, with the Fried Chicken review soon to follow. Without further ado, these are Holy Smoke’s Trash Rib Teasers:

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These ribs are absolutely fantastic. they are very thick and meaty, with moist flesh that has a nice, partially resistant tear off the bone. Each rib (there are four of them) is smoky in flavor, but is also doused with a good amount of sweet, (almost syrupy) BBQ sauce that fully enhances the flavor.

I cannot recommend these ribs enough; if you are going to spend a meal time at Holy Smoke, order these teasers as your appetizer, and enjoy this wonderful addition to a great BBQ restaurant.

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New Hampshire: Rock’n Ribfest

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Welcome to New England Week! Over the next few days I will be covering delicious food from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, before returning to Nyack next week. Today will be focusing solely on the best ribs to come out of Ribfest this past weekend, with tomorrow dealing with Pulled Pork, Brisket, etc.

I had the pleasure to attend Ribfest with a great group of people, and had an awesome time doing it, to save everyone money we went the community method, with everyone buying ribs from a different vendor and then sharing them among the group:

Photo Credit: Stacie Coburn

Photo Credit: Stacie Coburn

Thanks to Stacie Coburn for the picture!

VENDOR ONE: The Texas Smokehouse

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Hailing from Bedford, Texas, The Texas Smokehouse was my personal favorite. These ribs were tender and very meaty; I felt they provided a good amount of meat per rib, and were well worth the money. But as good as the meat was, the sauce was the real star of these ribs. As for the sauce, there was a lot of it; it was a nice mixture of tomato and vinegar flavor, an acidic BBQ sauce that stood out to me above all the other vendors.

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If you visit Ribfest, make sure to get a rack of these delicious ribs.

VENDOR TWO: Gator BBQ Company

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These too were a meaty rack of ribs, which is exactly what you want; unlike Texas Smokehouse, who doused their ribs in delicious sauce, Gator relies more on smoking theirs, and they really stand out in doing so. In fact, the smokey flavor seemed to penetrate the entire rack of ribs, making sure there was great flavor in every bite.

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With a name like Gator, you’d know these ribs carry a great Southern BBQ tradition; and this vendor was another consensus top seller in my group’s opinion.

VENDOR THREE: Firefly’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que

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This company from Massachusetts was my third favorite rack, and another seller my friends and I reached consensus on as a top vendor. While not as meaty as the previous two, it still contained a nice amount of meat; but the good flavor from Firefly’s is what makes these ribs a must try.

Like Gator, Firefly takes the smoked rib route, and provides a unique taste in doing so. The best way I can describe their sauce was that it carried a smoked-in granular taste, which was not only very good, but also unique among the ribs we were able to try.

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If you visit Ribfest, you would be remiss to miss out on this delectable rack of meat.

This year there were nine Rib vendors who participated and competed at Rock’n Ribfest; the fact that I only covered three of them does not mean that the other six where terrible or shouldn’t receive your consideration. It just means that out of all the ones I tried, these are the three I believe you can’t afford to miss.

That being said, I encourage everyone to not only attend next year’s Ribfest (it is well worth the trip), but to try out as many vendors as possible; who knows, you may find a vendor who steps up their game and is even better than the ones I spotlighted today. For more on Ribfest, please visit their website: http://www.ribfestnh.com/

Be sure to come back tomorrow as I cover Ribfest’s other non-rib must eat meats.

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