Even in this Yankee city, barbecue is a summertime staple. And while any dilettante can find good ribs in Philly these days (and brisket, too), a truly great barbecue joint should be judged by how it handles dishes other than the main attraction. Here’s a brief guide to going deeper at the region’s best barbecue spots. Read more »
As far as I know, the good folks over at Kotaku.com are not celebrating Meat Week the way we are, but it just so happens that they found some videos of people doing some truly
awesome stupid things–like trying to cook bacon with a machinegun or, in the case of the video below, making some ribs, popcorn, s’mores and watermelon (?) with a flamethrower.
Percy Street Barbecue has snagged a few bottles of the practically impossible to secure, Pappy Van Winkle 10, 12 and 23 year old bourbons, and they’re pairing the bourbon with a special brisket dinner for some quick-fingered followers of Percy Street.
Percy Street is offering three bourbon + brisket dinners for a maximum of eight guests for $800 (includes tax and gratuity). The dinner will include pours of all three of the Pappy Van Winkle bourbons, a whole brisket plus off-menu dishes and treats created by chef/owner Erin O’Shea.
The dinners will be released one at a time via Twitter and Percy Street’s email newsletter. First email reply scores the dinner.
Sign up for Percy Street’s newsletter at percystreet.com.
Percy Street Barbecue [Foobooz]
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.
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.
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]