The Hot List: Stick To Your Ribs
On the hunt for some bangin’ barbecue ribs? These purveyors and their pitmasters have some of the most lip-smacking, melt-in-your-mouth meat in town, so put on your bibs and grab some ribs!
Bacchus House Bistro offers a rolodex of ribs, with delicacies like their famed prime rib and braised short ribs. Once you’ve made your way through these mouthwatering meats, try their baby back ribs that are slow-roasted and covered in a savory-sweet, house-made BBQ sauce. You’ll be raving about these beauties till the cows come home. 1004 East Bidwell Street, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-984-7500, bacchushousebistro.com
Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q in El Dorado serves St. Louis-style pork ribs that get the special treatment: marination for 24 hours in a house-made, 12-spice rub, then baked low and slow, after which they’re cooled and later cooked over a BBQ pit, giving them a smoky flavor and char that tantalize the tastebuds. And don’t get us started on their spice-laden, molasses-based BBQ sauce…! 6221 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, 530-622-2901, poorreds.com
J. Wild’s Livery & Feed in Folsom is a new kid on the (butcher’s) block and they’ve got you covered for all your barbecue needs. Tasty pulled pork and brisket aside, their fried ribs starter is definitely something to write home about, consisting of six smoky spare ribs flash fried and tossed in their Sutter Street sweet BBQ sauce. 614 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-353-0140, jwilds.com
If you’re a sauce-on-the-side kinda guy or gal, make a pitstop at Hog Wild Bar-B-Que in Placerville for that’s literally their motto. Their baby back ribs (sweet-spicy rub of sugar and cayenne) and St. Louis-style ribs (savory rub of paprika, garlic, oregano, and chipotle) are topped with brown sugar, smoked for four-and-a-half hours, and sprayed with apple juice, resulting in pull-apart perfection. 38 Main Street, Placerville, 530-622-3883, hogwildbarbque.com
Aside from killer coffees and bountiful breakfasts, Bounty Hunters Café in Roseville also serves up some mean BBQ meats. Their ribs are prepared with a brown sugar and hickory BBQ rub and smoked for five hours on low heat, after which they’re brushed in a special BBQ sauce that’s dangerously delicious. 406 Vernon Street, Roseville, 916-772-0406, bountyhunterscafe.com
If you’re looking for authentic Texas barbecue with a side of old-fashioned Southern hospitality, check out Back Forty Texas BBQ in Shingle Springs. They smoke all their meats low and slow, and the pitmaster starts the process at 3 a.m., ensuring you receive the best possible serving of caramelized ribs by lunchtime. 3977 Durock Road, Shingle Springs, 530-676-4040, backfortyshinglesprings.com
Stop by LBB Gastropub & Smokehouse for their rendition of St. Louis-style smoked ribs. Smoked low and slow for 14 hours, a secret house dry rub is then used before finishing with a glaze of BBQ sauce made with beer from their Loomis Basin Brewing Company. While you’re there, don’t forget to order a pint—these ribs sing when paired with their beloved Vindicator IPA. 3640 Taylor Road, Suite C, Loomis, 916-824-1527, lbbpub.com
Thai Paradise in Folsom and El Dorado Hills is also getting in on the rib action with their BBQ pork ribs. Marinated in a special homemade sauce, the tender meat is then steamed with spices and aromatics like Thai herbs, lemongrass, and turmeric, finished off by stir-frying, and served with a garlicky BBQ sauce. This is not your everyday barbecue flavor profile but that’s exactly what makes it a must-try. 2770 East Bidwell Street, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-984-8988, thaiparadisefolsom.com; 4361 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 110, El Dorado Hills, 916-939-0389, thaiparadiseedh.com
—by Tara Mendanha
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