It's been awhile since I found and reviewed a new BBQ joint. However, this past weekend I had some time to kill and I was in an area that I don't often visit. So, I plugged "BBQ" into Google Maps on my iPhone and found out that I was only a couple of miles from Country BBQ.
I followed the guidance directions and pretty soon, I'd located Country BBQ. It's a small place that you'd miss if you weren't looking for it, but that's usually where you find the best BBQ. So I found a spot to park, stepped to the counter, ordered, and grabbed one of the dozen or so tables in the place.
I ordered the 2-meat plate. Sliced beef and pulled pork, along with sides of cole slow and BBQ beans. They did have sweet tea (the mark of any good BBQ joint), but I skipped it as I'm watching the extra calories and cutting them out where I can.
The food came out quick enough and I was impressed by the generous portions. Definitely a good value. The cole slaw was kind of a cross between a vinegar and creamy based slaw, but it was very good. The BBQ beans were okay, but there was a flavor there that I couldn't put my finger on and frankly didn't care for all that much. When I ordered "sliced beef", I assumed that would be brisket. Disappointingly, it was closer to a shaved roast beef and not very "bbq like". However, the pulled pork was very good. It was finely chopped, but I really enjoyed the flavor.
There were 3 kinds of sauce on the table. I chose the "regular" sauce and while it was thin, I thought it was very good. I did not try the mustard sauce or the other sauce that appeared to be a thick KC style sauce. Two giant slabs of Texas toast rounded out the meal.
Overall, I liked the joint. I'd recommend the pulled pork for sure. Here's how Country BBQ in Bethalto, IL stacks up on my score card:
- BBQ - B
- Side Dishes - B
- Atmosphere - B
- Value - A
- Overall - B
If you find yourself in the area, give this place a shot. I don't think you'll be disappointed.