After much ado, Rubb, a beer, bourbon and barbecue joint in Manayunk finally opened. And now, Philadelphia Weekly’s Brian Freedman has visited the restaurant and is singing its praises.
Rubb will win over plenty of fans as word gets out about this simply decorated yet inviting spot an easy drive from the city. The rub itself is a uniquely sweet one, yet not overwhelmingly so, and it’s plenty complex. When applied to the generous ribs and allowed to meld with the meat over the course of its stint in the smoker, an almost molasses-like texture develops on top, sticking to the teeth in layers with each bite and providing the slightest sense of crystalline crunch. Bumping up against the smoky-earthy meat, the result is a mouthful that’s rich in sweetness and savor in equal measure, and a seriously fine serving of ribs.
Rubb [Philadelphia Weekly]
Okay, so this whole snow thing is getting old already. And the cold? Tired of it.
Apparently, so are George and Jennifer Sabatino, because they’re bringing in their buddy Scott Schroeder and the three of them are throwing a backyard, 4th of July-style barbecue at Aldine on February 2nd.
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I really think that headline says it all. First, Percy Street is trying to beat back the winter blues (and bulk us all up with plenty of pork fat) with an all-you-can-eat rib deal on Wednesdays, beginning January 7. For $27, you get all the ribs you can eat, plus french fries, coleslaw and cornbread. Deal starts at 5pm and runs ’til close so, you know, plan on spending some time.
Second, Percy Street is going to be celebrating Meat Week from January 18 through the 30th (Center City Restaurant Week counter-programming). What is Meat Week you ask? It’s the week where you can share a family-style spread of BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, cornbread, macaroni & cheese and sides for just $20 per person–basically the same deal they offer on a normal night but, you know, Meat Week. And still a better deal than Restaurant Week.
Percy Street is recommending you make reservations for the festivities. We’re seconding that wisdom. The meat sweats you’re going to have to deal with on your own.
Percy Street BBQ [Official]
If Tuesday is already feeling like the end of the week, it’s time for some good barbecue and a beer–both of which will be available at the Baby Blue’s BBQ and Troegs Brewery BBQ and Beer event tonight.
Between 7 and 9 p.m., Baby Blues will provide a special 5-course menu (including candied jalapeños, bacon-wrapped shrimp and more), with beer pairings, like Troeg’s Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA, for a single $50 price. And along with all the food and booze, there’ll also be gift card giveaways and raffles.
Call 215-222-4444 for details and reservations.
Baby Blues BBQ [Official]
I’ve had a flyer for Fette Sau’s happy hour on my desk for at least a month. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to post about their half-price beer,$5 Manhattans and $4 burnt end sandwiches that the Fishtown barbecue joint offers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
And with today’s cold and rainy weather, hot barbecue and warming whiskey seems like the only reason to venture out.
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Smoked meat, barbecue and of course beer. All are in the spotlight at Yards Brewing Company‘s 6th annual Smoke ‘Em if Yous Got ‘Em extravaganza. A perfect way to celebrate the end of summer, the beer and food fest will take place on Sunday, September 14th from noon to 4 p.m. The fest includes dishes from the region’s best amateur chefs paired with over 30 craft beers (smoked and otherwise) from around the world.
The day begins with a complimentary commemorative glass and field guide to the day’s festivities and ends with a full stomach and good live music. Although the smoked meat and other dishes will be judged by professionals in the industry, you’ll also have the opportunity to vote for your favorite dish. Yards will also have limited edition Smoke ‘Em tees available for purchase.
The event is held rain or shine and tickets can be purchased online or in Yards’ Tasting Room at at 901 N. Delaware Ave. However, Yards warns that tickets sell out every year, so it’d be best to just click the link and get ‘em online.
Smoke ‘Em if Yous Got ‘Em [Yards Brewing]
Happy Labor Day, friends! If your unofficial last weekend of summer is anything like mine, it looks something like this: Barbecues, barbecues and more barbecues. Whether you’re down the Shore or just lounging in your backyard, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be grilling up some sweet, sweet Labor Day meals on this lovely long weekend. I mean, we’ve got to soak up all the grilling time we’ve got left, right?
But at this point, you’ve probably grown tired of hot dogs and hamburgers. So for this week’s recipes, we rounded up some delicious, and healthy grilled dishes that you probably wouldn’t find at your average Labor Day cookout—from gluten-free grilled eggs Benedict (you can’t beat breakfast for dinner, right?) to grilled eggplant parmesan, there’s a little something for everyone. Enjoy!
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Craig LaBan ventures to Ambler for the promise of barbecue and whiskey at the Lucky Well. What he finds is uneven at best. Chef/owner Chad Rosenthal has trouble with consistency.
I don’t doubt Rosenthal’s passion for BBQ. I could taste those good intentions on the St. Louis pork ribs, the bones dusted Memphis-style with spice, the pink-haloed meat clinging just right. The Lucky Well’s chicken wings also wore their smoke well enough. But I should have stopped there.
Food Network notoriety is no guarantee of culinary genius, a fact made abundantly clear by two meals in which virtually everything else fell flat.
One Bell – Hit-or-Miss
Dining Review: The Lucky Well [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Lucky Well [Official]
On Tuesday, August 5th, Fette Sau is hosting a Whiskey and BBQ Dinner. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature whiskey pairings from Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey and chef Jason Goodman’s family-style, never-before-seen menu items. Though a menu hasn’t been released, we do know that most of the 9 dishes will imitate Pennsylvania classics, like “Duck and Kraut.”
And as you stuff your face, keep an eye out for Dad’s Hat founder Herman Mihalich and co-founder John Cooper. They’ll be walking around to give some guidance on the whiskey pairings, which will include three cocktails and one neat pour.
Tickets are limited and cost $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot, make reservations by calling 215-391-4888 or by visiting the restaurant.
Fette Sau [Foobooz]
On August 23rd, the 7th Annual BBQ at the Ballpark happens at the Jetro lot next to Citizens Bank Park. From 2 to 7 p.m., there will be barbecue, beer, and games. Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse will be serving the food while Conshohocken Brewing, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Philadelphia Brewing, Sly Fox Brewing, and Weyerbacher Brewing will be pouring the beer. Plus for the kid inside all of us, or the actual kid you bring, J-Dogs Amusements will be bringing the games.
This year, all proceeds will go to the Marianne E. Mebert Memorial Fund. The charity is close to the hearts of Rolling Barrel, as one of the co-founders recently lost their mother, Marianne Mebert, to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Tickets will be $48.50 per person, $28.50 for designated drives, or $22.50 for kids under 12. To purchase tickets, click here.
BBQ at the Ballpark [Official]