Some people take BBQ very seriously. To be honest, we’re included in those people. BBQ isn’t just a food; it’s an art. And like any art, people have very strong opinions about right and wrong technique.
For the uninitiated, going into a BBQ eating situation can be a little overwhelming. Can you get a sandwich? Are you allowed to use silverware? Is it going to be spicy? What do these different styles mean?
You don’t want to ask an obvious question, but you also don’t want your BBQ friends judging you. Personally, we believe that a BBQ lover should help coach and educate rather than criticize, which is why we’re going to share some beginner’s tips to maximize your BBQ enjoyment.
Check the Menu Beforehand
If you know you’re going out to a BBQ joint, it doesn’t hurt to do a little research. Checkout their menu. Look at reviews and see what people recommend. This will empower you to make an educated choice while sounding like you know what you’re talking about when you order.
There might be some terminology used that you’re not familiar with. For example, our BBQ is made low and slow. You can learn more about what low and slow BBQ is here.
As for what you should order, it’s really up to you. Some might try and say that quality BBQ doesn’t belong on a bun, but we think a delicious pulled pork sandwich is a thing of beauty.
No Tools Necessary
Now that you know what you’re ordering, it’s time to eat. If you want to do it right, yes, you should be eating BBQ with your hands. Whether it’s a pulled pork sandwich, ribs, chicken, or brisket, the food is designed to be handheld. When cooked correctly, BBQ meat is soft and tender, allowing you to bite right through it.
Don’t worry about getting a little messy. Just grab paper towels and let the good times roll.
If you’re eating a mound of pulled pork without a bun or bread, however, feel free to grab a fork. Also, you’re more than welcome to use silverware on side dishes.
Easy on the Sauce (at Least at First)
At most BBQ places, you’ll have a selection of sauces. Depending on the style of BBQ, there might already be a type of sauce on the BBQ. Now, sauce can be a little divisive in the BBQ world. Some believe that good BBQ requires no additional sauce. Others find good sauce to be an artform in its own right.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to get saucy. We would, however, suggest that you first try the BBQ without sauce. This will give you the proper experience, exposing your tongue to all of the intricacies and craftsmanship that went into the food you’re enjoying.
From there, feel free to try the different sauces available. Just don’t overdo it. Also, please, don’t use ketchup.
The Most Important Part
When it comes to eating BBQ the right way, there is one thing that is more important than any other item on this list. You need to start with quality BBQ made by someone who knows the craft. At Rudy’s, we take pride in doing BBQ well.
All of our meats are smoked low and slow in our hickory pit smokers, bringing out extra flavors while enhancing tenderness. You really have to taste it to tell the difference.
In addition to our fast-casual restaurant, we offer catering to Dayton, Ohio. Our catering includes both BBQ options and more traditional fine dining selections. Stop by for a visit or give us a call at 937-605-2402. We’re more than happy to help you on your journey to eating BBQ the right way.