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Re: Things I find a tad exasperating v.3
« Reply #3325 on: May 14, 2024, 08:57:32 AM »
I'm always amazed how long people wait in line for BBQ, even the best of the best. 

I'm a bit biased though because I hate lines more than just about anything else on Earth, and I don't find BBQing to be all that difficult.
Yeah, like I said before, there's point of diminishing returns. It's also the case that every place will have good days and bad days. I've never had a bad meal at Blacks, and I've never waited more than 10 minutes or so. Snow's or Franklin's, the undisputed bests in Texas might be better, but I don't see how they can be so much better to justify waiting all morning in line.

For my part it's not that I can do better, I cannot, but that the price has kind of gotten out of control as BBQ snobs have made good BBQ so trendy. If I'm going to spend $50 on a meal, and I'm generally not going to, BBQ probably isn't what I'm after.
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Re: Things I find a tad exasperating v.3
« Reply #3326 on: May 14, 2024, 09:00:06 AM »
We've got BBQ places like that here in NC as well.  They only fix so much each day, and when they're out, they're out, so if you want it, you go early and get in line, or you don't get it.  Some even serve brisket as well.
It's whole hog in your neck of the woods, isn't it? That's something that isn't going to scale upwards. That's the thing about BBQ. You cant just add a few more lbs of meat. You hit a point where increasing the amount of meat means basically adding a whole 'nother shift, and more than doubling it.
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Re: Things I find a tad exasperating v.3
« Reply #3327 on: May 14, 2024, 09:24:28 AM »
It's whole hog in your neck of the woods, isn't it? That's something that isn't going to scale upwards. That's the thing about BBQ. You cant just add a few more lbs of meat. You hit a point where increasing the amount of meat means basically adding a whole 'nother shift, and more than doubling it.
Yeah, I'm technically in the Eastern part of NC, where whole hog is king.  I was born and raised in the western part of the state, where pork shoulders are a lot more common, but a pig picking is not out of the question.
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« Reply #3328 on: May 14, 2024, 09:31:18 AM »
Add me to the group that isn't a huge fan of brisket.  I'm certainly not waiting for that myself.  I love the sausages though at BBQ spots.  I'm not a huge rib guy, but the ribs can often be good.  It's just that, ribs cost too much for the meat you get a lot of times so it's not usually my go to option, but sometimes, you just want them and they hit the spot. 

Having said that, I never get good bbq like what's being talked about because I don't really know any spots near me that do it well.  I still remember getting it in Austin and really enjoying it and also my work Denver trips would lead me to a spot that was really good (its a chain, Rudy's).  Been a long time since I went to a proper bbq joint.

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Re: Things I find a tad exasperating v.3
« Reply #3329 on: May 14, 2024, 09:51:59 AM »
Yeah, I'm technically in the Eastern part of NC, where whole hog is king.  I was born and raised in the western part of the state, where pork shoulders are a lot more common, but a pig picking is not out of the question.
Never done the whole hog thing, but when I'm in the Carolinas, hopefully this Summer (Carrowinds), that's something I'm definitely going to look for.

As for the pork shoulder, that'd be drowned in vinegar, right? Not really my thing. I've had pulled pork that was alright, but certainly not my go-to.
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Re: Things I find a tad exasperating v.3
« Reply #3330 on: May 14, 2024, 10:09:57 AM »
Yeah, like I said before, there's point of diminishing returns. It's also the case that every place will have good days and bad days. I've never had a bad meal at Blacks, and I've never waited more than 10 minutes or so. Snow's or Franklin's, the undisputed bests in Texas might be better, but I don't see how they can be so much better to justify waiting all morning in line.

For my part it's not that I can do better, I cannot, but that the price has kind of gotten out of control as BBQ snobs have made good BBQ so trendy. If I'm going to spend $50 on a meal, and I'm generally not going to, BBQ probably isn't what I'm after.

And that's the problem for me; the meat is the centerpiece, I get that, but after that, beans, coleslaw, corn and fries?  I'm not paying $50 for that.  And now that I can do what Chino was talking about - I have a farm literally 500 yards from my house, though I go to local meat market (Arnold's) for the meat similar to what Chino showed - I can honestly make all the sides myself for a nominal amount.  I "juge" (I don't know how to spell that; it's a sound) up the canned beans and it's as good as any you will buy at a restaurant and my wife makes a world class cornbread. 

For the record, and I'll try to take some photos, but we're having a party next Sunday for my stepdaughter - she got engaged - and it's a BBQ party (the tag line on the invites is "BBQ Before I Do") and we're going to do all the things I'm saying here. My stepson is smoking a pig shoulder, ribs, and making chicken "lollipops" (chicken legs basted, wrapped in bacon and smoked), and we're doing various sides, family style.  Probably 30 people maybe? 40 including the young kids.   

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« Reply #3331 on: May 14, 2024, 10:14:10 AM »
For the record, and I'll try to take some photos, but we're having a party next Sunday for my stepdaughter - she got engaged - and it's a BBQ party (the tag line on the invites is "BBQ Before I Do") and we're going to do all the things I'm saying here. My stepson is smoking a pig shoulder, ribs, and making chicken "lollipops" (chicken legs basted, wrapped in bacon and smoked), and we're doing various sides, family style.  Probably 30 people maybe? 40 including the young kids.   

Congrats, that sounds like a delicious party too... so maybe 41 people?  ;)

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« Reply #3332 on: May 14, 2024, 10:33:45 AM »
Congrats, that sounds like a delicious party too... so maybe 41 people?  ;)

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« Reply #3333 on: May 14, 2024, 11:18:01 AM »
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« Reply #3334 on: May 14, 2024, 12:34:52 PM »
Never done the whole hog thing, but when I'm in the Carolinas, hopefully this Summer (Carrowinds), that's something I'm definitely going to look for.
Not sure if you'll easily find any whole hog in that area.  Too far west.  But there could be an Easterner who has moved there to cook it that way.  Good luck.

As for the pork shoulder, that'd be drowned in vinegar, right? Not really my thing. I've had pulled pork that was alright, but certainly not my go-to.
No, shoulder won't be drowned in vinegar.  There will be some vinegar in the BBQ sauce, but it is normally on the side.  The chopped BBQ from Eastern NC (where they cook whole hog) is usually served with some their sauce mixed in the meat, and it is more vinegary.
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« Reply #3335 on: May 14, 2024, 06:18:59 PM »
Yeah, like I said before, there's point of diminishing returns. It's also the case that every place will have good days and bad days. I've never had a bad meal at Blacks, and I've never waited more than 10 minutes or so. Snow's or Franklin's, the undisputed bests in Texas might be better, but I don't see how they can be so much better to justify waiting all morning in line.

For my part it's not that I can do better, I cannot, but that the price has kind of gotten out of control as BBQ snobs have made good BBQ so trendy. If I'm going to spend $50 on a meal, and I'm generally not going to, BBQ probably isn't what I'm after.

What do you think are the best BBQ joints in Dallas?  Asking for my brother who occasionally gets down that way for a Mavericks game, and he will always try a new BBQ joint wherever he goes.

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« Reply #3336 on: May 14, 2024, 08:28:48 PM »
I can think of exactly 1 BBQ that is anywhere in the vicinity of my house, and even if I extend that radius out to beyond where I would ever drive for a meal, I still cannot think of a second one. Where I live you could throw a rock in the air and have a decent chance of it landing on either a coffee shop or a Thai restaurant... but BBQ places are nearly non-existent.
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« Reply #3337 on: May 15, 2024, 07:14:02 AM »
My wife likes watching ABC nightly news. The format is maddening to me and drives me crazy.

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« Reply #3338 on: May 15, 2024, 08:30:18 AM »
I can think of exactly 1 BBQ that is anywhere in the vicinity of my house, and even if I extend that radius out to beyond where I would ever drive for a meal, I still cannot think of a second one. Where I live you could throw a rock in the air and have a decent chance of it landing on either a coffee shop or a Thai restaurant... but BBQ places are nearly non-existent.
Ironically, I rarely eat BBQ in Dallas. For years we didn't do it very well up here. Now there are dozens of apparently great places, but see again, diminishing returns vs high prices. BBQ is something I mostly do when I'm on the road. I'll find excuses to head down Austin way just for good BBQ.

In Dallas I'm pretty cool with Slow Bone. Their sausage isn't the best, but good brisket and that's the place that wowed me with the smoked turkey. It's also five minutes from the AAC. Pecan Lodge is generally regarded as the best, but there will be a line. Same with Cattleack, and they're only open a couple of days a week. Heim just opened up around the corner from work, but I haven't been there. They get props for still offering a 3-meat plate, though, and the line should be pretty short.

Guy that owns and operates Slow Bone made his name cooking great fried chicken (and apparently still does). I suspect that's why the turkey is so good. He'll tell you it's all in the brine. They used to do wonderful brisket tamales on Fridays, but they were simply too much work. I miss those things.
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Re: Things I find a tad exasperating v.3
« Reply #3339 on: May 15, 2024, 08:32:56 AM »
I can think of exactly 1 BBQ that is anywhere in the vicinity of my house, and even if I extend that radius out to beyond where I would ever drive for a meal, I still cannot think of a second one. Where I live you could throw a rock in the air and have a decent chance of it landing on either a coffee shop or a Thai restaurant... but BBQ places are nearly non-existent.
Yep, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Thai/Vietnamese/Laotian place around here. Asian fusion became all the rage down here a few years back. There are still plenty of old school BBQ places that have been around a gazillion years. They're just a different thing from the new "golden age" places that really changed the ballgame.
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« Reply #3340 on: May 15, 2024, 11:01:58 AM »
My wife likes watching ABC nightly news. The format is maddening to me and drives me crazy.

-Opening monologue which includes headline briefs of all the upcoming stories.
- Fifteen minutes of commercial-free news.
-Repeat of not yet covered headline briefs.
-Commercials
-Fifteen seconds of news plus repeat (3rd time) not yet covered stories
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« Reply #3341 on: May 18, 2024, 10:34:52 AM »
Minor thing in the grand scheme of things, but I've been watching a couple of instructional videos for work on my 2003 truck.   I now just skip videos that talk about what I'm going to "wanna do".  "You're gonna wanna grab that bolt".  "You're gonna wanna remove that air box assembly."   "You're gonna wanna use a 9/16" socket.".   No, I'm ACTUALLY GOING TO GRAB THE FUCKING BOLT.   I want to do the work, true, but I'm already there, so stop telling me what I'm "gonna wanna" do.

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« Reply #3342 on: May 19, 2024, 03:37:40 PM »
Minor thing in the grand scheme of things, but I've been watching a couple of instructional videos for work on my 2003 truck.   I now just skip videos that talk about what I'm going to "wanna do".  "You're gonna wanna grab that bolt".  "You're gonna wanna remove that air box assembly."   "You're gonna wanna use a 9/16" socket.".   No, I'm ACTUALLY GOING TO GRAB THE FUCKING BOLT.   I want to do the work, true, but I'm already there, so stop telling me what I'm "gonna wanna" do.

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« Reply #3343 on: May 28, 2024, 08:02:05 AM »
I find it exasperating when it seems like obvious explanations for data are ignored in favor of supporting a person's agenda. I see this all the time, but here's my example from today:

In a article citing a study on whether mom or dad is the default parent, the author was frustrated by the fact that in this study 59% of the time schools defaulted to calling mom instead of dad (in heterosexual, two parent households) when the need arose. What they completely neglect to compensate for is that stay at home moms are about 4 times more prevalent than stay at home dads, and they make up about 25% of households. Call me crazy, but the stay at home parent SHOULD be the default parent called, right?

Compensating for the fact that 25% of moms stay home and 7% of dads stay home, if you split the remaining 68% evenly in half, you get that moms should be called 59% of the time, the EXACT amount found in the study! So to me, what this shows is that moms and dads actually are being called exactly evenly in situation where there is not a stay at home parent. But that doesn't support the agenda of the writer...

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« Reply #3344 on: May 28, 2024, 08:35:17 AM »
This is too prevalent nowadays. I get very frustrated reading Twitter.  If any post starts off with "If you think 'x' then you're 'y'..." I move on regardless of how much information is present in the post. 

I just wish people would present the evidence and let US decide.    Some of us are capable.  ;) 
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Reminds me of that Simpsons episode...

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« Reply #3346 on: May 28, 2024, 10:45:36 AM »
This is too prevalent nowadays. I get very frustrated reading Twitter.  If any post starts off with "If you think
  • then you're [y]..." I move on regardless of how much information is present in the post. 


I just wish people would present the evidence and let US decide.    Some of us are capable.  ;)

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« Reply #3347 on: May 28, 2024, 10:57:09 AM »
If you think THAT'S bad, then you're in for a world of pain son!

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« Reply #3348 on: June 01, 2024, 07:26:40 PM »
Is it possible to look at an auto dealer's website without some fucking text chat window popping up CONSTANTLY??
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« Reply #3349 on: June 01, 2024, 08:15:12 PM »
Is it possible to look at an auto dealer's website without some fucking text chat window popping up CONSTANTLY??

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« Reply #3351 on: June 02, 2024, 06:58:23 PM »
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« Reply #3355 on: June 07, 2024, 07:22:24 AM »
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« Reply #3357 on: June 07, 2024, 07:56:20 AM »
I still see it.

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« Reply #3358 on: June 07, 2024, 08:08:52 AM »
I still see it.

That's weird.

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« Reply #3359 on: June 07, 2024, 08:33:18 AM »
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