BBQ Thursday: Traveling

Hope you guys have fun and safe holiday weekend.

If you are doing some traveling, be sure to check out our BBQ map where all our reviews are archived.  You can take a “pit” stop at one of the joints if you are heading to the beach, lake, or some other locale.   Just click on the little piggy on the map for directions and a link to the review.

I didn’t take any pictures, but I ate some ribs from Georgia Bob’s in Perry this week.

Now, I have to say this:  I’ve called Georgia Bob’s an overrated barbecue joint.  The Macon Telegraph has awarded it the “Best of the Best” several times, but I just don’t see it.  I mean, it’s fine if you want a BBQ sandwich.  But it’s nothing special and folks around the mid-state love it.

However,  I never had gotten the ribs.  I got the rib plate for the first time this week, and it was awesome.  The ribs were some of the best I’ve had in a restaurant.

And if you have an appetite, don’t spring for the half rack.  The basic rib plate was loaded down, and it was all I could do to finish it.  I even skipped dinner that night.

There are locations right off I-75 in Macon, Byron, and Perry, so if you are going to the beach, stop by and get a belly full of ribs.

Corbindawg

 

 

BBQ Thursday: Speedi Pig, Fayetteville

A few weeks ago now, life took me over to Fayetteville, and having a little bit of time during the lunch hour, I found Speedi Pig.

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Speedi Pig was nothing fancy.  Just a typical little barbecue joint that had your standard fares.  I did notice that if you were someone with a rap sheet, you might want to stay away.  There were more cops in there than at a Baylor football practice.

Speedi Pig can’t be sued for false advertising, the food came out quite speedi.  I ordered the basic plate.  I thought the school lunchroom trays was a nice touch.

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I don’t really eat slaw, so I can’t give a report there.  The pulled pork was just “so-so”.  Not disgusting, not great.  Nothing special there.

What saved the lunch, though, was the stew.  This was some of the best Brunswick Stew I’ve ever had.

If you’re in the neighborhood, I suggest you try another meat option but definitely get the stew.  Or just skip the meat and stick to the stew all together.  But no matter what, get the stew.

Corbindawg

 

Cognitive Dissonance At Ole Miss

The Senator had a post yesterday about Hugh Freeze not wanting to be disposed in Laremy Tunsil’s domestic violence civil case (note:  allegedly for an issue with his stepfather), for fear of any testimony being used against him in the NCAA.

For those of you needing a refresher, and I know I did, this case stemmed from an altercation with his stepfather last summer, where the stepfather said it started with a disagreement over Tunsil “riding around with agents.”

I know this is not the same sort of case as the disgusting Ray Rice video that surfaced, but the buzzword is “domestic violence.”  A prominent SEC coach does not want to participate in a lawsuit for fear of repercussions to his program.

At best, this looks like Hugh Freeze is wanting to hide something.

At worst, it appears he is being complicit in not helping the justice system take action.

What is so disingenuous about this whole thing is the entire sports world has now taken a stance against domestic violence.  You can argue if it is strong enough or if the various sports leagues are doing enough, but whatever.  From Ray Rice to Jose Reyes, sports leagues of all levels are stepping up to punish players for these sort of issues.

When the entire sports industry is now all about doing something about domestic violence, Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss have chosen to do nothing.

Why?

For fear of wrongdoings being exposed to the NCAA.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…

Corbindawg

 

 

Mark Fox is a Smart Man

I follow Georgia basketball pretty close, and this past season was even a season ticket holder.  Admittedly, I probably won’t be this upcoming season.  No, its not a statement on the state of the team or anything like that.  With a three year old and my wife and I having jobs that are demanding on nights and weekends during January and February, it was hard to get to as many games as I would have liked.  Easier (and cheaper) to just get single games.

I do think that Mark Fox is a pretty good coach, though I think we have grossly underachieved the past couple of seasons.  We can brag all we want to about winning 20 games three consecutive seasons, but this team should have been a 25 win team and a no-brainer for the tournament.  Easily.   There are moments in games when I just want to scream.

Georgia should be a better at basketball.  I do think there are some disadvantages and I think you can’t underestimate the hole the Harrick scandal put the program in, but that is neither here nor there.  Simply put, Georgia should be better.  Georgia should recruit better, and Fox should consistently coach better in the games.

For schools in the SEC (with one obvious exception), especially a place like Georgia, basketball is widely regarded just something to get you through signing day and then a distraction before the spring practice.  Right or wrong, that is just how it is.

Mark Fox knows where his bread is buttered, and it is buttered by football.  I went to the alumni gathering last week in Macon.  It was the the third or fourth time I’ve been.  The first time I went was in 2010 and was after either Fox’s in his first or second season. Everyone had a long line to get autographs and pictures with Coach  Richt.  Mark Fox just stood over there by himself drinking a beer.  Kennsingtondawg and I talked to him about coaching in Kansas and rural life out there.

Every other time I’ve gone and heard him speak, he is very brief and says something like “Well, I know you guys are here to hear from Coach Richt so I’m just going to say thank you and sit down.”  Not quite that brief, but it’s pretty close.

Fox and Richt’s close relationship was well documented.  So when his buddy Mark Richt was fired last fall, he was understandably emotional addressing it the first chance he could.  When asked about Kirby Smart addressing the crowd at halftime of the Arkansas game, Coach Fox was short and terse.  I honestly think that was blown up by some of the beat writers looking for something to talk about and not a big deal.  At all.  But the perception was Mark Fox was not giving a warm welcome to the new Head Football Coach.

When at the alumni event last week,  Coach Fox and Coach Smart were effusive in their praise of one another.  That was the focus of an article by Jason Butt on Sunday.

Fox was a Richt guy.  Now he is a Smart guy.  And it’s the smart thing to do.

Corbindawg

 

Kirby Has It Figured Out

If you don’t think Kirby understands the recruiting game, just check this out.

https://mobile.twitter.com/KirbySmartUGA/status/729295364780482561

Guy gets it!

Kensingtondawg

Kudos to Dean Legge

Just want to commend Dean Legge for exposing Hugh Freeze for what he is…a liar and scumbag.

http://www.scout.com/college/georgia/story/1666450-policy-truth

 

Kensingtondawg

BBQ Thursday: JB’s Smokin Pig

I like to play golf.  I am not very good at golf, but I enjoy playing the game.  Moreover, I enjoy being outside on a beautiful day (where it doesn’t involve yard work), drinking a few cold beers, and shooting the bull with the guys.

With work and family responsibilities (and limited funds), I don’t get to play as often as I would like.  Playing on a Saturday is especially tough.  So, a group of us figured out it would be easier (and cheaper) if we all just took a random weekday off work and hit the links.  It would be cheaper, and we wouldn’t take any time away from our wives.

So that is what I did earlier this week.  The golf game left much to be desired.  Like I said, I am not good.  At all.  I hit a few good shots, but I have the consistency of UGA Special Teams.  The golf swing earlier this week when we ventured out to Lane Creek was especially erratic.  Nevertheless, it was a great time by all, and thanks to my partner who was striking the ball very well, I came away with a few dollars.

We finished up around 2:00, so we decided that we would hit up the newest restaurant in Watkinsville, JB’s Smokin Pig BBQ.  I didn’t go in with the mindset of doing a review; I was just going to get a sandwich to hold me over to suppertime and get in and get out quickly.

But after one look at the sandwich, I felt this place was definitely review worthy.

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I didn’t take a picture of the place, but for those familiar with the area will know where it is.  It’s located at the corner Main Street and Experiment Station Road, right next to Chicken Express.  This is in the former Floyd’s Restaurant building, and Google Street View hasn’t even been updated yet.

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Like I said, we went at an odd time, and I just wanted to try it out more than anything else.  So I just ordered the regular sandwich, a bag of chips, and a sweet tea, so this will be an abbreviated view.

As soon as I got my sandwich, I could just tell it was going to be good.

And boy was it ever.

Great tasting meat, and what we should appreciate, the sauce wasn’t mixed in.  My only quibble with the meat was it was not warm.  I wouldn’t call it cold, just room temperature.  I will give it the benefit of the doubt since we weren’t eating at a peak time.   Regardless, it was very good.

Speaking of the sauce, there were many combinations to choose from.  There were hot and mild choices of red (tomato based), mustard, and vinegar sauces.

Many of my tee shots may not have gone past the ladies’ tee box, but that doesn’t mean I wore a skirt.  So I manned up and got a a sample of the hot varieties of the sauces.

I didn’t care for the red sauce.  It was OK, but a little too much tomato.  The mustard sauce was good, but I’m not a big mustard sauce person and just sampled it.

But y’all, the hot vinegar sauce was outstanding!

My sandwich was so good, I ordered another one.  Eating two sandwiches for a late lunch and skipping supper was the best decision I made that day.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of the sides.  One of the guys in our group got an order of the baked beans, and they looked good.  He was kind enough to let me try them.  They weren’t traditional baked beans, but still very good.  Many different types of beans, and the beans were full of meat mixed in.

The party that ordered in front of us got the stew, and it looked suspicious, appearing eerily similar to hash.  Hash isn’t good, and it certainly isn’t stew.  But, I’ll withhold judgement until I can go back again, which I fully intend to do.

If you are in Watkinsville, do yourself a favor and stop by.  Be forewarned, they are closed on Sundays and Mondays but open for lunch and dinner the rest of the week.  Apparently Wednesdays are rib nights.

Corbindawg

 

 

 

 

 



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