Barbecue chefs identify themselves by the signature flavors of their sauces, which they brush onto slabs of meat and hand to police officers during routine traffic stops. Sample handcrafted piquancy with today’s Groupon to Backyard Bistro. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of anything on the menu for dine-in only. Entrees range between $7–$22.
- For $99, you get a carryout party platter for 24 people (a $210 value), which includes:
- 11 pounds of smoked BBQ pork shoulder and 24 buns
- 1 gallon of all-beef chili with crackers
- Half tin of coleslaw
- 1 quart each of Redneck- and Western-style barbecue sauces
- Disposable serving utensils, plates, and cutlery pack<p>
Backyard Bistro’s pit master slow-smokes cuts of meat, coating the tender results in signature barbecue sauces. The party platter satisfies 24 hungry tailgaters or two football teams and their mascots on big game Sunday with dry-rubbed pork shoulder comingled with hickory smoke for 12 hours. Sides such as tangy coleslaw and beef chili round out the game-day smorgasbord. Party planners should place orders before Wednesday, February 1, to ensure availability for pickup by big game Sunday, February 5.
Patrons dining in at Backyard Bistro finger-paint zesty notes of gratitude to the chef after noshing on seasoned and sauced St. Louis–style pork ribs ($15 for half rack; $19 for full rack). Handheld fare— which arrives on a brioche roll with organic, hydroponic Bibb lettuce—includes The Backyard burger, piled with pulled pork and slaw ($7). A steady broadcast of sports occupies eyeballs on five big-screen, high-definition TVs, and speakers at each table allow volume control so that diners may choose to provide their own commentary or improvised poetry.
According to a 2009 Newsobserver.com profile, Backyard Bistro knows a thing or two about ribs. To create this St. Louis–style specialty, the Bistro encrusts the pork in a dry spice rub and leaves it to bask in heat and hickory smoke for three hours. They then wrap each rack in aluminum foil with a splash of apple juice, returning them to the smoker for another four hours before charring them on the grill under a glaze of tangy or sweet barbecue sauce. The Bistro also stokes up the smoker to tenderize the dry-rubbed pork shoulder––another specialty––for 12 whole hours, while slices of juicy beef brisket await to be smothered between hefty slabs of white bread and saddled next to sides such as crisp coleslaw, Mama T's potato salad, and baked beans.
The menu of barbecue and American comfort food represent the efforts of several local businesses. Brioche rolls for burgers and english muffins for benedicts are sourced from La Farm Bakery, then crowned with organic, hydroponic bibb lettuce and beef from Angus Barn or poached eggs and canadian bacon. The bar's 16 taps pour Bud Light and Belgian-style Backyard Brew, the locally brewed house draft, to cool meals taken out on the patio or into a neighbor's hot tub, while inside it's all about sports. Five big-screen TVs broadcast every play in high definition, and speakers at each table give diners the option of turning down the volume if they'd rather tune out