What do you mean only Tuesdays? Yeah, that’s the way it goes. Chef Brad Kilgore who I’ve been watching via fellow bloggers’ Food for Thought and The Chowfather blogs for a while now is the man behind Brad’s BBQ. He’s taking over Josh’s Deli in Surfside every Tuesday night with some KC style BBQ (no I will not use the “Pop Up” buzz word even though I just did). I knew this was my opportunity to finally try his food in a much more casual setting so I was the first one to show up to Brad’s BBQ. I ordered one of every item on the menu including the dessert right out of the gate. I started my meal with a Dale’s Pale Ale and finished it with the Burger and my drug of choice, Coca Cola.
There were no misses on the menu but certainly, some dishes excelled more than others. I really dug the bit of heat that crept up on you at the end of the BBQ Beans and the utter creaminess of the German style Potato Salad. Those crispy Onion Rings with the homemade Ranch Sauce were the big winner for me on the sides. And probably for the first time in history, you will hear me say that something didn’t need Cheese melted on it, that would be the Maples Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread. The Secret Spice Fries were good but I’ll tell you a secret about them, don’t eat them if you can’t handle the heat. After just a handful of Fries, I felt beads of sweat forming on my forehead. Did I tell you I love beads of sweat forming on my forehead? Not really but I love the release of endorphins associated with heat in food.
The Beer Brined Half Chicken was as moist and flavorful as you can hope for. I loved the skin on it too. The Ribs while not fall of the bone (something I don’t really care about) was chock full of smokiness. I did use a couple of fries to scoop up the smoked on BBQ Sauce from all over the half rack as a dipping sauce. Now, the Pepper Crusted Beef Brisket with some White Bread hidden under it was phenomenal. So good in fact that you should just walk in and say I’d like the Brisket before you even place your drink order. It was also the first thing to sell out that night from what I saw via Twitter. And last but not least we come to the Black Angus Burger with Burnt Ends, Provolone Cheese, Cole Slaw and Butter Pickles. I’m not a fan of a bunch of things on my Burger. I certainly tried it as Chef Kilgore had intended but for me once I stripped away the Cole Slaw and Butter Pickles it was a much better Burger. And how could it not be with the Meat on Meat action going on, and no I’m not talking about some Spartacus film. The buttery Bun he used was excellent too. The next time Cheese & Meat only and maybe a sliver of Brisket if I behave.
I thought the Fudge Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream was just some throwaway added last minute in case someone had space after the meal. I was very wrong. It could be and might be the Best Brownie with Ice Cream I’ve ever had. Yes, that means you must save space and get this fella or lady (if you’re a feminist).
Brad’s BBQ is worth the visit and/or drive. It’s important to note that we don’t know how long this will be going on so don’t add this to your long list of could have beens, your stomach will hate you for it.