BBQ Geek? Moe's Original Bar B Que Scratches the Itch

Moe’s Original Bar B Que
   There are two kinds of barbecue people: The kind that treat it like any other food and the ones who are positively fanatical.
   I fall into that later category. For me, barbecue is smoked slowly over low heat until it surrenders to tenderness and smoky goodness. The meat must generally be pork, although in recent years I’ve given over to Texas-style brisket and won’t turn up a nose at smoked bologna.
   Moe’s scratches that itch. My favorite location, north of downtown in the Woodfin area, has a roadhouse feel, laid back staff and plenty of cold beer choices. The ‘cue menu showcases pulled pork and ribs – but also smoked chicken and turkey and fried catfish. There is a solid stable of side dishes and some daily side specials. Sweet and crunchy cornbread is as pretty to look at as it is tasty eat. It’s damned good – and I tend to shy away from sweet cornbread. This might be crackbread – it’s just that good.
   But hey, we came for barbecue. I had pulled pork, which was smoky, tender and plenty juicy. Again, the ‘cue freak in me sticks to unadorned meats – but there are sauce choices on the side for *you* people. My skillet corn and baked beans were hot and perfectly seasoned.
   Ms. TJ split a rack with our friend Cookie. Barry, who powered through smoked wings like a champ, laid back – knowing our ladies would offer up a rib or two toward the end of the meal.
   The crystal ball was correct and I gnawed away at a couple of ribs. These lean, hearty ribs were perfectly done – a clean bite. The smoke ring was bit light and the rub, IMO, could use a bit more kick. Overall, very good and satisfying – the reason I keep going back.
Moe’s Original Bar B Que, 72 Weaverville Rd, Woodfin NC 28804. 828.505.3542. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-8 p.m. (There is another location at 4 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville NC 28803)

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