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motoeric 05-01-2014 04:20 PM

Grocery Store BBQ

Has anyone ever seen a grocery store selling true BBQ? There is a chain here on Long Island that actually has smokers in the stores and sells real low and slow BBQ.

How much of an anomaly is that? It's pretty freakin' unique here. Do you see that in other parts of the country?



Jason TQ 05-01-2014 04:26 PM

Haven't seen it, but is try it :-D

Tricky 05-01-2014 04:44 PM

I actually thought that wasn't that uncommon in the South (at least going back a decade or two). I visited Ole Miss for a football game a few years ago, and several posters on their fan message board gave me tips for where to get good local Q. A couple of them recommended a grocery store on some highway outside of town.

Bamabuzzard 05-01-2014 04:47 PM

It's pretty common down south. Especially small locally owned groceries.

DaveAlvarado 05-01-2014 04:59 PM

Yeah some grocery stores sell Q, but it's the trailers parked outside gas stations that have the good stuff. :)

SmokinJohn 05-01-2014 04:59 PM

IIRC, there's a small store in Northern California near Montara/Half Moon Bay that does.

But I haven't seen one down here in SoCal.

IamMadMan 05-01-2014 05:32 PM


We have a small privately owned chain of stores that smokes every weekend. They use Old Hickory smokers and if the wood burns out it automatically switches to propane to finish the overnight cook unattended. Then they start racks of ribs in the morning...

5string 05-01-2014 05:41 PM

Years ago in NorCal, some of the Raley's markets smoked TriTips on site. Then last year while visiting the in-laws in Illinois the local Hi Low market smoked ribs, chicken, and even Chicken Bombs in a cooker out front.

jlane 05-01-2014 05:45 PM

We have a chain in Saint Louis that does it. Makes me want to BBQ every time I go there.

saseekutz 05-01-2014 06:33 PM

There's a chain by my house that smokes spring through The end of summer. They brought over a nice reverse flow a few days ago to go with the old hickory. The pulled pork they make is actually pretty good

jgame 05-01-2014 07:03 PM

Some Dierbergs grocery stores in Saint Louis area have smokers on their lots. Nice looking rigs, propane fired. Tended by store employees. Not bad BBQ but I do a better product at home.

bbqbull 05-01-2014 07:07 PM

Nothing like that in this area that I am aware of.
A small chain went out of business a few years ago. My former teammate and I would sell 80 or so racks on Saturdays in the summer. My teammate then moved to Los Vegas and is a teaching chef there now.
The customers said we turned out a very very good rack of ribs when we did it.

meridian8 05-01-2014 07:13 PM

What's the name of the grocery store on LI and Southern NJ? I would like to try them when in the area.

tgstrang 05-01-2014 07:27 PM


Originally Posted by jgame (Post 2904770)
Some Dierbergs grocery stores in Saint Louis area have smokers on their lots. Nice looking rigs, propane fired. Tended by store employees. Not bad BBQ but I do a better product at home.

Yeah Id put my skills up against Uncle Bob's (thinks thats what the call it at Dierbergs) bbq anyday. Actually its not terrible but the prices the charge for it are rediculous. Think they use southern pride smokers or something similiar. Im a schnucks man myself, and go to Rallos a lot for my meat around here. I got some sub-par, super expensive prawns at Dierbergs about a month ago and havent been back.

Pyle's BBQ 05-01-2014 09:18 PM

We have an Iowa chain with stores in surrounding states that sells BBQ. I have seen the spare ribs, but never tried them. I think they are selling them for $15/rack.

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