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In Reply to: BBQ Restaurant that sauces the product.... posted by LenS on June 28, 2014 at 11:52:24:
Is the public not instructed on what is good BBQ? Who is going to instruct the public? How did you develop what you consider good BBQ? You probably learned the required parameters of what is expected by being in the competition world, taking classes, competing and the like. Most John Q Public doesnít do that.
You canít expect competition quality BBQ at a restaurant all the time. In fact, itís rare, unless itís owned by a competitor. The time and costs may not be prohibitive for them to cook competition quality BBQ for the masses.
The public likes what it likes and that includes sauced BBQ and "falling off the bone" ribs. Watch any TV commercial and that's what they advertise. If you give the masses what they want, you will be successful. You cook according to your audience, be it a BBQ judge, a neighbor or a party and give them what they expect.
For example, Kingsford lighter fluid was a staple when I was growing up and is still widely used today. I never use it to start my coals. But itís what the public is used to and thus is a successful product.
I guess you should always go into a BBQ restaurant (especially a chain) with an open mind and an expectation that competition standards are not applied to the BBQ. That way you can still enjoy your meal for what it is.
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