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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Community Q- BBQ Meat Perfected

Warning:  The following may be inappropriate to children under the age of 13 and definitely vegans.  In fact vegans need to hit the back button immediately.  Don't Pass Go, Don't Collect $200

On the east side of town near Decatur resides Community Q.  These guys do some great work and have perfected the meat and sides.

Previously, we have stated before that Fox Bros is our favorite BBQ joint, and that's still holds true.  The innovation they bring to the table in terms of their original and unique offerings is unparalleled.

Community Q is a completely different animal.  In fact, I wouldn't really consider them competitors.  They perfect the meat process and their pork is slow cooked to perfection.  Great pulled pork is the benchmark for great BBQ.  It truly almost melts in your mouth.  Then you add their Carolina Vinaigrette Sauce and it is pork perfection. I will say, it is very difficult to find a good Carolina style sauce south of the Queen City, but CQ has it!  The Queen City is Charlotte, NC for the geographically impaired.

The meat trifecta!
The sausage was great.  Nice smokey flavor, but not overpoweringly spicy either.  For the sausage I used the more traditional molasses based sauce which was a better match. Also pictured was their special chili.  The manager recommended it to us and it was well worth it.  It was unique because the meat was their brisket giving it a very hardy flavor.  So on this plate, I had pork, brisket and sausage.  I should be a cardiologists dream.  Thank god for my Asian genetics.

And to pile on to my (or into my) arteries, we had their famous Mac n' Cheese.  Their recipe includes rigatoni, cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Parmesan, and heavy cream.  This may be my favorite Mac n' Cheese in the ATL and this heavy, yet creamy side could be a meal within itself.

If you are craving straight ahead BBQ, I couldn't give a higher recommendation than the Community Q.

Today's Footnote:  Famous "Q" people.  Queen's do not count.  Yes, even you Queen Latifah.
Whatever happened to Bamboo Earrings and a bad attitude?
There aren't too many choices here.  But there are some keepers.

Quincy Jones (one of the great music producers.  His artists are the whose who of music)
Quentin Tarantino (incredible director who may be doing his best work now)
Dan Quisenberry (an all time great reliever and possibly the best side arm pitcher in history)
Dan Quayle (a former Vice President for those under 30.  Prediction, in 5 years we have a cage match between him and "Smokin" Joe Biden for the most inept VP of the last 50 years).  Sorry Al Gore, you are ineligible for inventing the internet and making people believe Richmond will become beachfront property in 20 years.
Q-Tip (the second concert I ever went to was a Tribe Called Quest at the 930 club in DC.  Unbelievable show, then these guys blew up.  Literally and figuratively if you've seen this incredible documentary)

And I'll leave you with this classic music video.  For those under 30 MTV used to stand for Music Television and they played something called music videos.  It was kind of cool.

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