According to folk etymologists, the term barbecue is derived from the French barbe coup, referring to the annual pig picking commemorating the infamous Bearded Rebellion. Celebrate history with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $22 worth of barbecue and drinks at Backyard Bistro in Raleigh. Backyard Bistro is a full-service restaurant and bar that is ideal for celebrating the big game with family and friends, a long day of work with coworkers, or a recent and successful dental cleaning.
Backyard Bistro’s menu is rich in barbecue traditions that are upheld by the resident pit master. A level-seven sage of the barbecue pit, this wise individual slow cooks pork in handcrafted cast-iron pit smokers for a potent punch to the taste buds. Barbecue items such as the beef brisket ($13.50) and the half-pound slow-roasted pork barbecue ($9.95) are roasted overnight to bring ultimate moisture and smoky flavors to each bite (both items include a choice of two sides). Also served with two sides, the ribs are rubbed down with Backyard’s signature rub and slow roasted until the tender meat slides down the bone faster than buttered bread on a Slip ‘n Slide ($18.95 full rack/$13.95 half rack). In addition to the tender, smoky barbecue options, diners can also tuck into three different steaks ($21–$23), fish ($12.95–$16.95), burgers ($8.50–$12.50+), and sandwiches ($7.50–$12.95). Backyard Bistro serves food until 10 p.m. every night of the week.
If a person’s team apparel becomes overly stained in barbecue sauce, he or she can simply choose a new team to support by viewing any of the other five big-screen high-definition TVs. There are also ancillary screens of lesser dimensions throughout Backyard Bistro for watching almost every broadcasted sporting event. Each table comes equipped with individual speakers that allow diners to control the volume of the game—the first step toward controlling the entire world.
- I like Backyard Bistro because it is just that - feels as comfy as home cook out - but the food is great and staff is awesome. I had a great time - did not spend a fortune and so enjoyed my meal. – bevyc, Citysearch
- The Ribs are Hands Down the Best in Raleigh -- meaty and juicy with just enough smoke flavor. Service staff is freindly [sic] and outgoing and even remember my name! – brwneyedgirl, Citysearch
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