Like phone numbers and ill-considered doctoral theses, barbecue sauce often ends up on a napkin. Dole out savory blots with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of barbecue at Famous Dave's. This Groupon is valid only at Famous Dave's Long Beach location.
Myriad accolades bedeck Famous Dave's roundup of quality ribs, which slowly steep in hickorywood smoke before slipping into one of five house sauces catering to regional tastes. Patrons mull over a colossal menu, plucking starters such as the chili-roasted corn fritters with jalapeño ($5.99) from the shadow of entrees. Palms knead Dave's medley of southern spices into the Big Slab, 12 bones of succulent meat ($22.99) tickled by timber smoke for three to four hours before taking on a caramelized sheen from an open flame and hugs from a firefighter. BBQ Buddies platters parade a smorgasbord of diminutive sandwiches with fillings including georgia chopped pork, texas beef brisket, barbecue pulled chicken, and hot-link sausage ($9.99). Southside rib tips smothered in a Memphis-style dry rub weigh in at a full pound ($12.49), making them ideal for showcasing the shoddy work of rival table builders.