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Nashville: Jack's Bar-B-Que

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I knew I was in for a much better Tennessee barbecue experience than at Rippy's as soon as I walked into Jack's Bar-b-que. Besides the excess of anthropomorphic pigs that Guy advised me to look out for at the finest of establishments use for decoration, there was also the smell. Wood smoke permeated the entire space.

Another clear indicator was evident when I paid. It was the cheapest barbecue I've ever had. The large pork sandwich, served on a kaiser roll, as opposed to the small's hamburger bun, along with mac n cheese and a bottle of Shiner Bock set me back a whole $10. That's roughly half the price of any such combo available in NYC that I know of.

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The pork hit the spot. I'd describe it in detail, but I scarfed it down rather quickly. Suffice it to say it was smoky and delicious. The slight dryness I found was more than compensated for with a small dollop of their XXX-911 barbecue sauce. While the sauce wasn't nearly as hot as its name would suggest, but it didn't need to be. The smoked chili flavor was perfect.

I had planned on returning for another taste and to try out the brisket before my flight. Sadly, Saturday afternoon seems to be prime time for Jack's. The small space that was nearly empty Friday afternoon was jammed and had a line out the door. So much for that.



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