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E & L Barbeque

Posted by YAR 12 Jan 2010 3 Comments

I’m sure there will be world peace before there’s a consensus on the best barbeque in town, but E & L Barbeque (1111 Bailey Ave, Jackson) seems to be many people’s favorite. I didn’t let the positive internet reviews raise my expectations too much, but I started to get my hopes up when I smelled barbeque smoke (through my closed car windows) about a quarter of a mile before arriving at the restaurant. Now I know that if I am ever forced to choose my favorite local barbeque, E & L will be a contender.

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On a weekday at lunchtime there was a long line that moved extremely quickly. I got the rib tips & links combo, thanks to the suggestion of one internet reviewer. I asked for my fries “with sauce,” because it seemed to be the thing to do. Both of these turned out to be good decisions.

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The sauce was wonderfully sweet-hot, with just enough subtle heat to balance the sweet and leave a burn on my lips. The fries served as a great vehicle to get more of that sauce to my mouth. The rib tips were meaty, moist, and completely pink inside.

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The sausage was much spicier than the sauce, with visible pepper seeds; it also had a great earthy flavor underneath the heat. I enjoyed the almost crumbly texture of the meat, which was packaged in a thick, crisp casing.¬†Normally when I eat barbecue the white bread gets tossed off to the side, but this time I used it both for holding the drenched-in-sauce tips and¬†as yet another vehicle for the sauce, which I couldn’t get enough of. The entire combo was about $9 and would have been more than enough for two meals.

The hours on the door were hard to read, but I think that E & L is closed on Sunday and Monday, open 10am - 10pm on weekdays, and has longer hours on Friday and Saturday.

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